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Dance First

Dance First

Original name: Dance First
English name: Dance First
Year: 2023
Run time: 100 Min
Language: English
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Colour
Country: UK, Hungary, Belgium
Director: James Marsh
Producers: Michael Livingstone, Tom Thostrup, Viktória Petrányi
Cast: Gabriel Byrne, Aidan Gillen, Sandrine Bonnaire, Maxine Peake, Fionn O'Shea
Screenplay: Neil Forsyth
Cinematographer: Antonio Paladino
Editor: David Charap
Sound Designer: Ben Baird
Music Composer: Sarah Bridge
Production Company: Sky Arts, 2Le Media, Proton Films
World Sales: Film Constellation


  • San Sebastián IFF 2023
  • São Paulo IFF 2023
  • Toronto IFF 2023
  • CamerImage 2023
  • Red Sea IFF 2023

Director’s Selected Filmography:

  • 2018 King of Thieves
  • 2015 Theory of Everything
  • 2011 Project Nim (Documentary)
  • 2008 Man on Wire (Documentary)
  • 2005 The King
  • 1999 Wisconsin Death Trap (Documentary)

Director's Biography:

James Marsh

James Marsh is a UK based filmmaker who came into prominence with documentary Man on Wire, which won Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature Film, and The Theory of Everything (2015), earned nominations in four categories, including Best Film at Academy Awards. He made his directorial debut in 1999 with Wisconsin Death Trip, premiered at Telluride, shown in the Venice and at San Sebastian, where it received a FIPRESCI Prize Special Mention. Other films helmed by Marsh are The King (2005), selected for Un Certain Regard in Cannes, Project Nim (2011), Best Documentary Directing Award at Sundance and BAFTA nominee for Best Documentary, and King of Thieves (2018).


Beckett lived a life of many parts: Parisian bon vivant, World War II Resistance fighter, Nobel Prize-winning playwright, philandering husband and recluse. But despite all the adulation that came his way he was a man acutely aware of his own failings. In 1969, having been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, an embarrassed Beckett simply wanted to be rid of it. This film revolves around this turning point, the internal debate raging within Beckett as to which of the people in his life most deserve to be the beneficiaries of his shame.