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Bloody Sunday

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Synopsis

On 30th January 1972, British soldiers shot dead 13 unarmed civilians taking part in a civil rights march in Derry, Northern Ireland. The event, Bloody Sunday, was a major turning point in the history of the modern Irish troubles, catapulting a low intensity conflict into a civil war, driving many young men into the ranks of the IRA and fuelling a 25 year cycle of violence.

This film tells the story of Bloody Sunday in just one day from dawn to dusk, from the arrival of thousands of troops on the streets of the besieged city to the violent collision between soldiers from the crack Paratroop Regiment and the crowds of civilian demonstrators. The film follows the march organisers and the police, British soldiers, as well as civilians from both sides of the religious sectarian divide. It focuses in particular on the stories of two young men: Ivan Cooper, an idealistic Civil Rights leader, a Protestant in a Catholic camp, who shares Martin Luther King's dream of peaceful change; and Gerry Donaghy, a 17 year old Catholic rebel, who yearns to settle down and marry his Protestant girlfriend, but who is drawn into violent confrontation with the soldiers.

Details

Year
2002
Type of film
Features
Running Time
100 mins
Format
35mm Kodak
Director
Paul Greengrass
Producer
Pippa Cross, Arthur Lappin, Jim Sheridan, Paul Trijbits, Tristan Whalley
Editor
Clare Douglas
Screenwriter
Paul Greengrass
Director of Photography
Ivan Strasburg
Sound
Albert Bailey
Music
Stephen McKeown
Principal Cast
James Nesbitt, Tim Pigott Smith, Nicholas Farrell, Kathy Kiera Clarke

Production Company

January Films Ltd
c/o Hell's Kitchen
21 Mespil Road
Dublin 4

T 00 353 1 667 5599

Sales
Company

Portman Film and Television Ltd
21-25 St Anne's Court
London
W1V 3AW
UK

T: 00 44 (0)20 7494 8024
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sales@portmanfilm.co.uk