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HIDDEN AGENDA

Director: KEN LOACH

108 minutes, U.K., 1990, Colour, 35mm


A cracking conspiracy thriller informed by John Stalker’s exposé of the British Army’s shoot-to-kill policy in Northern Ireland, Hidden Agenda has a great cast headed by Frances McDormand and Brian Cox. They play characters investigating the murder of an American human rights lawyer (Brad Dourif) in Belfast.

When Hidden Agenda premiered at Cannes, it caused a storm of outrage, denounced by some British critics as IRA propaganda. It stands now as a notable classic of its genre.

Showing with Time to Go (13 minutes, U.K., 1989, Colour, DVD), Loach’s short film examining the role of the British government in Northern Ireland.

This film is screening as part of Ken Loach (Part One), May 3rd – 28th. Loach’s latest film, Jimmy’s Hall, opens at the IFI on May 30th. 

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