Magazine article Screen International

'Pilgrimage', 'Maze' and 'Song of Granite' Heading to Galway Film Fleadh

Magazine article Screen International

'Pilgrimage', 'Maze' and 'Song of Granite' Heading to Galway Film Fleadh

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EXCLUSIVE: The first batch of titles to appear at the Irish festival have been announced.

Pilgrimage, which stars Tom Holland and Richard Armitage [pictured], prison drama Maze and Joe Heaney biopic Song Of Granite will all bow at the Galway Film Fleadh (11-16 July).

Maze, which recounts the true story of a mass escape from Northern Ireland's Maze prison in 1983 - will receive its world premiere at the event.

The film, set during The Troubles and told through the eyes of two very different characters across the political divide, is one of several new Irish titles which will screen at Galway.

Director Stephen Burke's feature centres on the relationship between a prison officer and one of the chief architects of the escape, which saw 38 IRA prisoners break out in what was the biggest prison escape in Europe since World War II. It stars Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Martin McCann and Barry Ward.

Brendan Muldowney's new feature, Pilgrimage, which will have its European premiere, is a thriller set in 13th-Century Ireland. Starring Tom Holland, Richard Armitage and Jon Bernthal, it centres on a group of Catholic monks travelling through an Irish landscape filled with violent, warring clans in a bid to bring a sacred relic to its eventual destination of Rome.

Song Of Granite, the new feature from filmmaker Pat Collins (Silence), charts the rise of traditional Irish folk singer Joe Heaney, and how the songs of his west of Ireland childhood helped shape his complex character. …

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