50 Dead Men Walking
This recent release is an apparently true account of Martin McGartland’s duties as a mole in the Provisional IRA for the British police. Still in hiding today after many ‘almost’ successful attempts on his life, McGartland is tragically being repaid by his efforts to allow 50 dead men to walk by always having to look over his shoulder and never being able to see or contact his family again.
In the Name of the Father
Directed by Jim Sheridan, In the Name of the Father is based on the true story of the Guildford Four who were falsely convicted of the IRA’s Guildford pub bombings which killed four British soldiers and a civilian. It was nominated for many awards including Seven Academy Awards. For once, Daniel Day-Lewis didn’t win.
The Crying Game
As with 50 Dead Men Walking, The Crying Game is set around the time of the Irish Troubles. Directed by Irish filmmaker Neil Jordan, it is a tense thriller based around an IRA kidnapping, but also explores themes such as race, gender, nationality, and of course, sexuality.
A powerful ‘art-house’ account of Bobby Sands and his lead in the prison hunger strike. Hunger is a memorable and affecting debut film from Steve McQueen with one particular scene which has been burnt into my memory forever.
The Wind that Shakes the Barley
A gripping account of the ‘original’ IRA and the Irish War of Independence, the groups pure purpose when it had one, and its split into opposing factions and the pain and suffering caused by this.