Original Projects Page for My Astonishing Self

Status: Released

Release: December 2017

Written and directed by Gerry Hoban

This documentary is presented by Gabriel Byrne, with the participation of Gemma Atterton, Ralph Fiennes, Dara O Briain, and more



In My Astonishing Self, Gabriel Byrne explores the life, works and passions of George Bernard Shaw, a giant of world literature, and – like Byrne himself – an emigrant Irishman who had to leave to be heard. This documentary follows the life and influences of George Bernard Shaw, from the bed he was born in to the one he died in; from his English home to his Irish heart; from his handwriting as a nobody to the words that made him. The film features contributions from President Michael D. Higgins, actors Gemma Arterton and Ralph Fiennes, historians Fintan O’Toole, Rachel Holmes and Diarmaid Ferriter and author & comedian Dara O Briain. — RTÉ (Ireland)

More information at IMDB

Byrneholics postings about My Astonishing Self

Behind the Scenes

Gabriel Byrne with artist Fink and his Shaw Tribute in Dublin


  1. Martin Rynhart

    On days like this I am proud to be Irish .

  2. This sounds like a great quality project!
    I hope I get the chance to see this.

    Nora from Norway

    • The project seems to be one that is close to his heart, Nora. I am sure we will have an opportunity to see it, one way or another. ;-)

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