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Murphy & Cunningham Lead Ken Loach Feature
12 May 2005 :
Director Ken Loach is set to shoot his next feature film ‘The Wind That Shakes The Barley’ in Ireland this month. Irish actors Cillian Murphy, Liam Cunningham and Padraic Delaney have signed on for the lead roles in the Irish War of Independence drama.

Acclaimed director Ken Loach is set to shoot his next feature film ‘The Wind That Shakes The Barley’ in Ireland this month. Irish actors Cillian Murphy, Liam Cunningham and Padraic Delaney have signed on for the lead roles in the Irish War of Independence drama.

‘The Wind That Shakes The Barley’ is named after a 19th Century political song. The film follows a family and one of the “flying columns” that were the Irish guerrilla units that fought the infamous “black and tans” during the war of independence. Delaney will play Murphy’s brother in the film while Cunningham’s role is being kept under wraps. Cork born Murphy recently starred in Christopher Nolan’s ‘Batman Begins’, Wes Craven’s ‘Red Eye’ and Neil Jordan’s ‘Breakfast on Pluto’, all to be released later this year. Liam Cunningham is most famous for his role in Neil Marshall’s ‘Dog Soldiers’ and as the father in Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘A Little Princess’.

The screenplay is written by Loach’s longtime collaborator, Paul Laverty, who also wrote Loach’s ‘Ae Fond Kiss’, ‘Sweet Sixteen’ and ‘Bread and Roses’ amongst others.

The film is scheduled to begin principal photography in the final week of May 2005 with a seven week shoot on locations around the Cork area currently penciled in.

The EUR5-7million film is a co-production between Irish production company Element Films and UK company Sixteen Films. Element’s Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe are producing with Rebecca O’Brien at Sixteen Films.


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