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Five minutes of heaven - Liam Neeson, James Nesbitt, Anamaria Marinca, Oliver Hirschbiegel

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Movie propaganda

Lurgan Northern Ireland, 1975. A low level civil war has been under way, with the IRA targeting British loyalists and the loyalist Ulster Volunteer Force exacting revenge on Catholics they claim are militant republicans. Alistair Little (Mark David), 16 is the leader of a UVF cell, eager to be blooded. He and his gang are given the go ahead to kill a young Catholic man, James Griffin, as a reprisal and a warning to others. When the hit is carried out, Joe Griffin - the 11-year-old little brother of the target - watches in horror his brother is shot in the head. Thirty years later Joe Griffin (James Nesbitt) and Alistair (Liam Neeson) are to meet, on camera, with a view to reconciliation. Alistair has served his sentence, and peace may have been agreed to in Northern Ireland, but Joe Griffin is not coming on the program for a handshake. Unbeknownst to the production team, he intends to stick a knife in his brother's killer - live on air

Working closely with both men, screenwriter Guy Hibbert creates a unique and compelling film that moves from a powerful re-enactment of these tragic events to a fictional interpretation of what might happen should these two men ever come face to face.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film drama Ireland true The Troubles murder reconciliation Irish revenge North British Irish

Persons of interest

  • Liam Neeson .... Alistair Little
  • James Nesbitt .... Joe Griffin
  • Anamaria Marinca .... Vika
  • Juliet Crawford .... Cathy
  • Niamh Cusack .... Alistair's Mum
  • Mark David .... Young Alistair
  • Gerry Doherty .... Joe's Dad
  • Richard Dormer .... Michael
  • Paul Garret .... Alistair's Dad
  • Katy Gleadhill .... Fiona
  • Jonathan Harden .... David
  • Pauline Hutton .... Sharon
  • Andrea Irvine .... Sarah
  • Gerard Jordan .... Jim
  • Conor MacNeill .... Dave
  • Mark Matthews .... Martin
  • Mathew McElhinney .... Stuart
  • Diarmuid Noyes .... Andy
  • Guy Hibbert .... Screenwriter
  • Oliver Hirschbiegel .... Director

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Theatrical report

The drama, Ireland, true movie Five minutes of heaven is directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel and stars Liam Neeson, James Nesbitt, Anamaria Marinca.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Languages: English
  • Special features:
    • Interviews: Margaret Pmoeranz interviews director Oliver Hirschbiegel and star James Nesbitt from ABC1's At the movies
    • Trailers: Theatrical

Government security censorship classification

M (Violence, mature themes and coarse language)

Surveillance time

89 minutes (1:29 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 18 March 2010
Disc: 14 July 2010

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