Irish Film Institute -John Boorman to introduce 40th Anniversary Screening of Deliverance

John Boorman to introduce 40th Anniversary Screening of Deliverance

IFI Press Release                                                                                                                                  21st June 2012

IFI’s Monthly Must-See Cinema welcomes John Boorman to present the 40th Anniversary screening of Deliverance on 4th July at 6.35pm

On the 40th anniversary of its release, John Boorman’s classic thriller Deliverance packs as powerful a punch as ever, particularly when seen, as it will be by many for the first time this July, on the IFI’s big screen in glorious 35mm. The acclaimed Wicklow-based director, whose extensive body of work includes Point Blank, Excalibur and The General will attend and introduce the screening.

An Academy-award nominated masterpiece, Deliverance recounts the gruelling psychological and physical journey taken by four city slickers down a river in the backwoods of Georgia. Following an up-beat but ominous encounter with a banjo-playing hillbilly their watery idyll is soon shattered and their trip takes on the quality of a squeal-filled nightmare. The film reveals men’s darkest fears of shame and degradation, and explores the violence of which even the most civilised are capable. Deliverance features excellent performances from ‘70s icons Burt Reynolds and Jon Voight, and fine solid support from Ronny Cox and Ned Beatty.

The IFI’s Monthly Must-See Cinema strand showcases highlights from the IFI Irish

Film Archive collections. This month’s title comes from John Boorman’s own film collection which is preserved in the climate-controlled vaults of the IFI Irish Film Archive.

Tickets will go on sale on 28th June at the IFI Box Office 01 679 3477 or online at

For more media information and image requests about the 40th Anniversary Screening of Deliverance please contact Patrick Stewart at the IFI Press Office on 01 679 5744 or email

The IFI acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council


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