Lost Lives is an ambitious cinematic film inspired by the book of the same name. Written over seven years by five journalists, it is a book recording the circumstances of every single death in the Northern Irish Troubles: 3,700 entries document 3,700 lost lives. The film interweaves archival footage with recordings of family and friends as they respond to the devastating news of these deaths and with readings by Kenneth Branagh, Brendan Gleeson, Seán McGinley, Roma Downey, Liam Neeson, Bríd Brennan and Stephen Rea. A moving score from the Ulster Orchestra completes this elegiac piece. The last entry in the book is Lyra McKee – an essential reminder that peace can be a fragile process.
Notes by Sunniva O’Flynn