Irish Film Institute -BLOODY SUNDAY


Director: Paul Greengrass

107 minutes| U.K.-Ireland| 2002| Colour| Dolby Digital Stereo| 35mm

Directed by Paul Greengrass, this highly regarded reconstruction of the events of Bloody Sunday (30 January 1972), when British paratroopers fired on civil rights marchers, was produced by Jim Sheridan under his production company Hell’s Kitchen. Made to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the atrocity, the film returns the viewer to the moment of the march through its swift newsreel-style shooting and editing, and through use of testimonies from participants. Although shot in Dublin, many of the extras are local Derry inhabitants re-enacting their memories of the day and Greengrass consulted widely with all sides, including the British army, in his preparations. Particularly impressive is James Nesbitt, best-known at that point for his TV appearances in Cold Feet, as MP Ivan Cooper. The film was controversially disqualified from an Academy Award nomination because it was transmitted on television in the same month as its cinema release.

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