Special Screening of The Journey to take place in IFI this Saturday 6th May

Posted May 3, 2017 by Suzanne Murray in News
The Journey
The Journey

The Irish Film Institute will host a special screening of The Journey this Saturday 6th May at 6.30pm where there will be a post screening Q&A with the film’s writer Colin Bateman hosted by journalist Hillary Adam White.

THE JOURNEY is a dramatic comedy inspired by a major turning point in British and Irish history. The feature film focuses on the improbable friendship between two political titans.  After 40 years of “the troubles” in Northern Ireland the leading players meet at St. Andrews to try and hammer out a final and lasting peace agreement. The success of the talks depend on the Democratic Unionist Party’s Ian Paisley (Timothy Spall) and Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness (Colm Meaney), two sworn enemies, agreeing to share power. With the talks in extreme crisis the pair are forced by circumstance, or perhaps fate, to take a car journey together. After a series of initial bitter exchanges, their conversation begins to shift and cracks emerge in their armour. Watched by their colleagues back at St. Andrews the rivals not only discover that they are not that dissimilar but begin to forge a friendship.

Meaney who picked up the Best Actor IFTA last month for his portrayal of McGuinness in the film is joined by a stellar cast including Toby Stephens (Believe, The Machine, Severance), Freddie Highmore (The Golden Compass, The Spiderwick Chronicles) and the late John Hurt (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Hercules, The Elephant Man) in one of his last roles. Nick Hamm (The Hole, Killing Bono) directs.

The film goes on release in cinemas throughout Ireland and the UK on Friday 5th May.

For further information about the screening at the IFI and to purchase tickets:  http://ifi.ie/the-journey