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  • dir. Ken Loach
  • year. 1990
  • country. UK
  • run-time. 108 mins mins
  • rating. 15

£6.00 (£4.50 conc.)

Film 6pm

A member of a panel investigating British atrocities in Northern Ireland is caught up in the cover-up of the death of her boyfriend at the hands of British soldiers.

At the time of release this was seen as one of director Ken Loach's most controversial films, addressing the issue of violence supported and perpetrated by British forces in Ireland it was condemned by many, famously including the Evening Standard film critic Alexander Walker who viewed it as IRA propaganda and denounced the film at the Cannes film festival. 

Ireland on Screen is our regular look at representations of Ireland and Irish subjects in film and moving image. We are currently focusing on works relating to Northern Ireland, or quite simply "THE NORTH"


Loach’s film has the feel of a Costa-Gavras political thriller... Whatever one thinks of the political line on offer, there’s plenty of evidence of Loach’s undiminished power as a film-maker, and equally ample evidence that something is very rotten in the state of Northern Ireland.
— Time Out