Saturday, April 29, 2006


Irish Civil War film to shake up Cannes

Big Irish film I was pleased to learn this past week that an Irish Civil War film, The Wind That Shakes The Barley, has been selected for International Competition at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival which runs from 18th - 28th May.

The film, directed by Britain's Ken Loach, is an Irish-UK-Italian-German-Spanish co-production produced with financing from the Irish Film Board, the UK Film Council and TV3, amongst others, and is being distributed by Pathé in Ireland and the UK.

It tells the story of two brothers who fought together during the Irish War of Independence who then find themselves pitted against each other as civil war ensues and betrayal becomes inevitable. The film was shot on location in Cork and Kerry for seven weeks and is the first Irish film selected for competition in Cannes since John Boorman’s The General.

The film will star Cillian Murphy, Liam Cunningham and Padraic Delaney and Orla Fitzgerald.

I think it's great news that a film is being made about this very important point in Irish history. Films like Michael Collins have in the past had the effect of creating alot of debate about our history and these sorts of debates are to be welcomed.

In saying that though I hope this movie is alot more historically accurate than Michael Collins was!


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