Full Line-up Announced for Bobby Sands 66 Days Opening Night Q&A in the IFI

Posted July 29, 2016 by Suzanne Murray in News
Bobby Sands 66 Days
Bobby Sands 66 Days

BOBBY SANDS 66 DAYS will open in cinemas across Ireland next Friday 5th August. To mark its release the Irish Film Institute will host a special opening night screening of the film which will include a post-screening Q&A with director Brendan J Byrne and Caoimhghin O’Caolain TD. Moderating the Q&A on the night is Kevin O’Connor, the former RTE producer who covered the hunger strikes.

BOBBY SANDS: 66 DAYS is a portrait of the Irish Republican’s 66-day hunger strike. Seeing himself as a soldier in a conflict, Bobby Sands starved for the right to be recognised as a political prisoner. The film’s narrative is comprised of Sands’ own words, drawn from his hunger strike diary, which gives a powerful and personal insight into the man and his beliefs as he embarked on his final journey.

Brendan J Byrne is an experienced filmmaker, specialising in documentary and feature films. He was been making high end documentaries for UK and Irish broadcasters for over 20 years, including his Royal Television Society winning documentary Breaking The Silence about families coping in the aftermath of suicide, and Men of Arlington which won the Critics’ Choice award at the Dublin International Film Festival in 2011 (Producer). In a career spanning 25 years, Brendan ran production company Hotshot Films between 1992 and 2013 before joining Fine Point Films as Creative Director in 2014.

Caoimhghin O’Caolain TD was very active in the hunger strike campaign. He was hunger striker Kieran Doherty’s Director of Election and has been the Sinn Fein TD for Cavan Monaghan since 1997, the constituency that elected Kieran.

The opening night screening will take place in the IFI next Friday 5th August at 6.30pm.

Tickets for the screening and Q&A are available now at www.ifi.ie or by calling the IFI Box Office on 01-6793477.