Bloody Sunday

Bloody Sunday
Paul Greengrass
Ireland (Eire), United kingdom
Paul Greengrass
James Nesbitt / Tim Pigott-Smith / Nicholas Farell / Gerard McSorley / Kathy Kiera Clarke
Granada Film


On 30 January, 1972, 13 people died and 14 others were injured by bullets on the streets of Derry in Northern Ireland. They were all unarmed citizens who were taking part in a protest march against a British government law which decreed that arrests could be made and suspects could be impris oned without a trial beforehand.This day went down in the annals of history as “Bloody Sunday” and marked the beginnings of violent civil war in Northern Ireland. This film is a painstakingly detailed and realistic reconstruction of the events of that day. It concentrates on four main protagonists: civil rights activist Ivan Cooper is a Protestant who adopts the Catholic cause; a follower of the ideas of Martin Luther King, he believes in the possibility of peaceful change in Northern Ireland. 17-year-old Gerry Donaghy is a hothead; he’d love to start a family with his Protestant girlfriend, but on this particular day, he finds himself caught up in violent clashes with British soldiers. Brigadier Patrick MacLellan is commander of the British troops – his mission is to either prevent the march from taking place or put a stop to it should it commence; the fourth protagonist is a young British soldier serving as a radio operator in a parachute division – he sees action when he joins a commando of hard-baked warhorses. The film takes place on the streets of a besieged city, in between road blocks and barricades, among civil rights activists, soldiers and stone-throwers. A war film about the struggle for peace in Northern Ireland.

Festivals & Academy awards and others

Berlin International Film Festival 2002
Golden Bear / Ecumenical Jury Prize
San Sebastián International Film Festival 2016
The Act of Killing. Cinema and global violence