Competition: Win Tickets to ‘The Truth Commissioner’ + Q&A

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Set in a post-troubles Northern Ireland, The Truth Commissioner follows the fictional story of Henry Stanfield (Roger Allam), a career diplomat who has just been appointed as Truth Commissioner to Northern Ireland.

Co-starring Barry Ward (Jimmy’s Hall), Sean McGinley (The General), Conleth Hill (‘Game of Thrones’), Ian McElhinney (‘Game of Thrones’) and Tom Goodman Hill (The Imitation Game), the story revolves around the lives of three men who are directly or indirectly involved in the disappearance, 20 years earlier, of the 15-year-old Connor Roche. Though Stanfield starts bravely, he quickly uncovers some bloody and inconvenient truths about those now running the country; truths which none of those in power are prepared to have revealed. Everyone claims to want the truth, but what is it going to cost, and who is going to pay for it?

Directed by Declan Recks  and adapted from David Park’s award-winning novel ‘The Truth Commissioner’ by Eoin O’Callaghan,the film looks behind the rhetoric surrounding the Northern Ireland peace process and was filmed on location in Belfast, Derry and Dublin.

The film was produced by David Collins for Samson Films, and Eoin O’Callaghan and Kevin Jackson for Big Fish Films with funding from Northern Ireland Screen, the Irish Film Board, BBC Northern Ireland and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

The Truth Commissioner will be released in Irish cinemas by Wildcard Distribution on Friday, 26th February.

Thanks to the fine people at Wildcard Distribution, we have 2 pairs of tickets to give away to a special opening night screening at the IFI with Q&A at 6.30pm on Friday, 26th February.

To be in with a chance of winning answer the following question:

Barry Ward starred in which 2014 Ken Loach film?

Email your answer to filmireland@gmail.com by 5pm Thursday 25th February when the film Ireland will resolve all conflicts and select the winners.

 

 

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ADIFF Irish Film Review: The Truth Commissioner

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Alan Shalvey reports from Declan Recks’ The Truth Commissioner, which screened at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival.

The Truth Commissioner is a hard-hitting drama dealing with the dark history of Northern Ireland. Henry Stanfield (Roger Allam) stars as the title character, looking to bring justice to the families of loved ones who perished during the Troubles. Of particular interest is the case of Conor Roche, a young man killed by the IRA whose killer has remained unnamed. Threats and corruption ensue as Henry tries to unearth the identity of the murderer, and the film builds to a memorable climax.

The Truth Commissioner begins powerfully, showing the time leading up to Roche’s death, leaving a looming doubt over the audience as to who it was that pulled the trigger. What is most striking in the opening minutes is both the score and the cinematography. The minimalist approach taken by Niall Byrne for the film’s score brilliantly adds to the underlying tension that exists within the movie. This musical approach merges elegantly with the opening shots. Of particular note are the rosary beads hanging from the rear view mirror of the car bringing Conor to where we presume will be his death. The interesting use of religious imagery highlights the devastating effects religion had in Northern Ireland, taking decades for wounds to heal.

The movie is beautiful to look at, and also features stellar acting from the cast. Of particular note are the performances of Tom Goodman-Hill, playing Jake Marston, and Conleth Hill, whose performance as Johnny Rafferty oozes class. Goodman-Hill is arguably the star of the show however. His solid performance is central to the overall construction of the films atmosphere. Acting as the messenger between Henry and those who are threatening him should the truth come out, Jake makes it very clear to Harry the level of unwanted attention he is drawing to himself, and uses methods both fair and foul to detour him from his job.

The fleshing out of Henry’s backstory also helps add a degree of gravitas to the character, and the relationship between his daughter and Conor Roche’s sister (Simone Kirby) serves as an important motivation for his character. Having had a struggling relationship with his daughter most of his life, and being rather keen to make amends, it serves as the counterpoint to his offers from the men who want their involvement in the murder to remain unknown.

Overall, the film is a good production, with the opening period and final thirty minutes being particularly noteworthy. The writing is very solid and well crafted, and the finished product, while not being perfect, is well worth a watch. As the truth commission begins to tackle the case of Conor’s death, the tension and drama of the film reach new heights, and the scenes in which witnesses testify about Conor’s murder are arguably the best in the film. A powerful commentary on the devastation terrorist groups can leave on society, the film, despite perhaps being slightly week around the middle section, is well worth watching.

 

 

The Truth Commissioner screened on 21st February 2016 as part of the Audi Dublin International Film Festival (18 – 28 February)

 

 

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Trailer: The Truth Commissioner

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Check out the official Irish trailer for The Truth Commissioner, the tense political thriller starring Roger Allam, Barry Ward, Conleth Hill and Sean McGinley.
 

 
The film is out on Friday 26th February and will be screening in the Audi Dublin International Film Festival on Sunday 21st February.

Set in a post-troubles Northern Ireland, The Truth Commissioner follows the fictional story of Henry Stanfield (Allam), a career diplomat who has just been appointed as Truth Commissioner to Northern Ireland.

The story revolves around the lives of three men who are directly or indirectly involved inthe disappearance, 20 years earlier, of the 15-year-old Connor Roche. Though Stanfield starts bravely, he quickly uncovers some bloody and inconvenient truths about those now running the country; truths which none of those in power are prepared to have revealed. Everyone claims to want the truth, but what is it going to cost, and who is going to pay for it?

Directed by Declan Recks (Eden) and adapted from David Park’s award winning novel ‘The Truth Commissioner’ by Eoin O’Callaghan,the film looks behind the rhetoric surrounding the Northern Ireland peace process and was filmed on location in Belfast, Derry and Dublin.

The film was produced by David Collins for Samson Films, and Eoin O’Callaghan and Kevin Jackson for Big Fish Films with funding from Northern Ireland Screen, the Irish Film Board, BBC Northern Ireland and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

 

The Truth Commissioner will be released in Irish cinemas by Wildcard Distribution on Friday, 26th February.

Tickets for ADIFF screening on Sunday 21st February can be booked online here: https://diff.ticketsolve.com/#/shows/873547449

 

 

 

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‘The Truth Commissioner’ Set for Cinemas

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The political thriller The Truth Commissioner starring Roger Allam will be released in Irish cinemas on Friday 26th February following its screening at the Dublin International Film Festival (ADIFF) on Sunday 21st February.

Set in a post-troubles Northern Ireland, The Truth Commissioner follows the fictional story of Henry Stanfield (Allam), a career diplomat who has just been appointed as Truth Commissioner to Northern Ireland.

Co-starring Barry Ward, Sean McGinley, Conleth Hill, Ian McElihinney and Tom Goodman Hill, the story revolves around the lives of three men who are directly or indirectly involved in the disappearance, 20 years earlier, of the 15-year-old Connor Roche. Though Stanfield starts bravely, he quickly uncovers some bloody and inconvenient truths about those now running the country; truths which none of those in power are prepared to have revealed. Everyone claims to want the truth, but what is it going to cost, and who is going to pay for it?

Directed by Declan Recks (Eden) and adapted from David Park’s award winning novel ‘The Truth Commissioner’ by Eoin O’Callaghan, the film looks behind the rhetoric surrounding the Northern Ireland peace process and was filmed on location in Belfast, Derry and Dublin.

There will be a special screening of the film in Belfast’s Queens Film Theatre on 1st February as part of their ‘Made In Belfast’ series. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with cast and director.

The film was produced by David Collins for Samson Films, and Eoin O’Callaghan and Kevin Jackson for Big Fish Films with funding from Northern Ireland Screen, the Irish Film Board, BBC Northern Ireland and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

The Truth Commissioner will be released in Irish cinemas by Wildcard Distribution on Friday, 26th February.
Tickets for ADIFF screening on Sunday 21st February can be booked online here: https://diff.ticketsolve.com/#/shows/873547449
Tickets for the Made in Belfast screening on Monday 1st February can be booked online here: http://www.queensfilmtheatre.com/films/truthcommissioner/

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