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Video: Shadow Dancer and the endgame of the Troubles

Exclusive featurette explains the tightrope walked by cast and crew on the new film trying to depict life in strife-torn 1990s Belfast.

Andrea Riseborough in Shadow Dancer
Andrea Riseborough in Shadow Dancer
Image: Paramount Pictures

IT IS 15 years since the Provisional IRA announced their second ceasefire of the 1990s and the stuttering peace process began to take hold of Northern Ireland.

Shadow Dancer, a new film being released nationwide tomorrow, outlines one fictitious character’s struggle in the final years of the Troubles and the world of informants as utilised by British forces to infiltrate the IRA.

Andrea Riseborough plays a single mother who becomes a spy on her family for MI5 under threat of a long jail sentence and the movie features Irish talent including David Wilmot, Domhnall Gleeson and Aiden Gillen as well as co-stars Clive Owen and Gillian Anderson. Set in Belfast, it’s written by ITN political editor Tom Bradby who reported from the city from 1993 to 1996. The director is James Marsh, who is best known for his Oscar-winning Man on Wire documentary about tightrope walker Philippe Petit.

Telling the story of this not-so-distant past in Ireland’s turbulent history was another tightrope of sorts, according to Bradby and Marsh in this exclusive set of interviews from the filmmakers and cast:

(via UKParamountPictures/Youtube)

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