Circle of Friends is set in 1950’s Ireland. The movie focuses on Benny Hogan and her best friend, Eve Malone. The story centers around Benny and Eve as they enter student life at University College, Dublin. Here Benny and Eve reunite with their childhood friend, the ice-cool Nan Mahon, the ‘college belle’. They also encounter the handsome and charming Jack Foley, whom Benny quickly falls for. —IMDb
Pat O’Connor, born in Ardmore, County Waterford, is an Irish film director.
In 1982, O’Connor won a Jacob’s Award for his direction of the RTÉ TV adaptation of William Trevor’s short story, Ballroom of Romance starring Cyril Cusack and Brenda Fricker. It was shot near the village of Ballycroy, County Mayo. He also directed Trevor’s One of Ourselves for BBC TV, again starring Cyril Cusack, and filmed in Cappoquin and Lismore, Co. Waterford.
O’Connor has been married since 1990 to Oscar-nominated actress Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, with whom he has two sons. He directed Mastrantonio in another William Trevor film adaptation, Fools of Fortune as well as The January Man. —Wikipedia