Produced by Granada Television, the film recounts the 1972 “Bloody Sunday” shootings in Derry, Northern Ireland. The drama shows the events of the day through the eyes of Ivan Cooper, the Protestant Stormont Member of Parliament (for the Social Democratic and Labour Party) who was a central organizer of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association march in Derry on 30 January 1972. The march ended when British paratroopers fired on the demonstrators, killing thirteen instantly and wounding another thirteen, one of whom died 4½ months later from injuries he received on that day. —IMDb
Paul Greengrass (born 13 August 1955) is an English film director, screenwriter and former journalist. He specialises in dramatisations of real-life events and is known for his signature use of hand-held cameras.
Greengrass was born in Cheam, Surrey. His mother was a teacher and his father a river pilot and merchant seaman. He is the brother of noted English historian Mark Greengrass. Greengrass was educated at Westcourt Primary School, Gravesend Grammar School and Sevenoaks School and attended Queens’ College, Cambridge. In October 2012, he received an honorary degree from Kingston University in recognition of his ‘outstanding contribution to television and cinema’.
Early career in journalism
He first worked as a director in the 1980s, for the ITV current affairs programme World in Action; his investigation of timber-framed house construction has been cited as preventing its widespread adoption in England. At the same time he co… read more
I've seldom been affected this much by a film. It left me with a knot in my stomach and tears in my eyes. Such unfairness, such brutality, such horror. What Greengrass has done in portraying this event is simply masterful.
Like with 'Hunger' my enjoyment of this film is certainly weakened by the fact that the people i'm meant to sympathise with are child killing cunts, it would be interesting to see if anyone would make a film showing police brutality to al-Qaeda ...
What would be interesting to see is what the American army has done to civilian populations in the name of the war against al-Qaeda. I think that would be a good parallelism to what this film shows. And it makes it clear that by repressing people that way they only encouraged kids to join the IRA.
A whirlwind of brutality, dehumanization, and most importantly realism. This film is an incredible exercise in documentary-realism and for anybody who supports the republican movement in Northern Ireland, it certainly leaves your stomach in knots and your heart heavy. Although semi-fictionalized, the story is heartbreaking. James Nesbitt carries the weight of thousands on his shoulders and in his face.
When Paul Greengrass was named as the new director in the Bourne series, people had no idea who he was. When he began filming United 93, people wondered what a Brit was doing telling the story of a… read review