Magazine article Screen International

Netflix's Jamie Dornan War-Drama 'Jadotville' to Screen at Galway

Magazine article Screen International

Netflix's Jamie Dornan War-Drama 'Jadotville' to Screen at Galway

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Netflix-acquired war-drama The Siege of Jadotville - which tells the true story of a battalion under attack in the Congo in the 1960s - leads a strong line-up of Irish cinema at this year's Galway Film Fleadh (July 5 - 10).

The film stars Jamie Dornan as Commandant Pat Quinlan, who led an Irish battalion of United Nations soldiers during a tense stand-offagainst local troops and foreign mercenaries in the Congo in 1961.

The Parallel Film-produced title, a directorial debut by Richie Smyth based on the novel by Irish journalist Declan Power, will have a special screening at the Fleadh.

It is one of several Irish films that will bow at the Fleadh, which runs from July 5th-10th. The festival will also focus on world cinema and Finnish cinema. Guests include director Jim Sheridan, actress Ruth Negga and screenwriter Kirsten Smith.

Property Of The State, a drama which revisits one of the most notorious murders in Irish history, will have its world premiere at Galway. Starring David Rawle (Moone Boy), Elaine Cassidy and Patrick Gibson, it looks at the case of Brendan O'Donnell, who killed Imelda Riney, her three-year-old son Liam and local priest Fr Joseph Walsh in woodlands in the west of Ireland in 1994. The film, told through the source diaries of his sister Ann Marie, explores whether O'Donnell, who had struggled with mental health since childhood, had been let down by local services.

A documentary about filmmaker Simon Fitzmaurice, It's Not Yet Dark, will also have its world premiere in Galway. Narrated by actor Colin Farrell, it tells the story of Fitzmaurice, who has motor neurone disease and who directed his first feature, My Name is Emily, despite being unable to speak and using eye-gaze technology. The documentary is based on Fitzmaurice's book of the same name.

Crime will feature in two of the most-anticipated Irish debuts. …

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