Irish Film Institute -LOST LIVES (IRISH FOCUS)


Director: Dermot Lavery & Michael Hewitt

93 mins, UK, 2019, Digital

This film screened on Wednesday 30th  October 2019.

The screening was followed by a Q&A with directors Dermot Lavery and Michael Hewitt and actor Seán McGinley , hosted by Sheila de Courcy. 

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

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