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Tile Films’ Saving the Titanic for British Independent Film Festival
28 Mar 2013 : By Kevin Cronin
David Wilmot as captain of the Titanic.
Dublin-based Tile Films - who produced the critically praised drama documentary ‘Saving the Titanic’ - are celebrating its inclusion as part of the British Independent Film Festival, where it is set to screen in 12 cinemas this May.

Narrated by Liam Cunningham, ‘Saving the Titanic’ takes an alternative approach to most adaptations of the well-known story by focusing on the struggle of the engineers in fighting tirelessly to keep the power running even as the ship sank.

Producer Stephen Rooke of Tile Films expressed his delight at the production being shortlisted for the festival.

‘This film really works best on the big screen. It allows the viewer to appreciate the sheer scale of the Titanic’s lower decks and engine rooms, the excitement, tension and fear experienced by the engineering crew, and the unstoppable power of the sea as it eventually overwhelms the vessel,’ he said.

Directed by multiple IFTA-winning Maurice Sweeney, the film boasts a large ensemble cast of leading Irish actors in key roles, including David Wilmot (The Guard; The Tudors); Ciarán McMenamin (One hundred mornings; Sinking of the Laconia; David Copperfield; Primeval); Owen McDonnell (Mount Pleasant; Singlehanded; Conspiracy of Silence) and Jonathan Byrne (Primeval; On Home Ground; Fág an Bealach).

‘Saving the Titanic’ was nominated for four IFTA awards earlier this year; received the Award of Excellence for a feature film at the Accolade Competition in California; and is nominated for a Gold Medal Award at the New York Festivals and Best Feature-length Drama in the Celtic Media Festival this April.

The film has been broadcast in Ireland, the UK, the U.S., Canada, Germany, Austria and France and has been watched by an estimated 10 million people.

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