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‘The Truth Commissioner’ commences principal photography in Belfast and Dublin
05 Mar 2015 : Seán Brosnan
Political thriller will air on BBC Northern Ireland later in the year
‘The Truth Commissioner’ is set to commence principal photography from this week in Belfast and Dublin.

Adapted from the award-winning 2008 novel by David Park, the picture is produced in association with Northern Ireland Screen, BBC Northern Ireland, The Irish Film Board and The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

The film will star Roger Allam, Sean McGinley, Tom Goodman Hill, Conleth Hill, Ian McElhinney, Brid Brennan and Barry Ward.

Directed by Declan Recks and produced by David Collins, Eoin O’Callaghan and Kevin Jackson, the film looks behind the rhetoric surrounding the Northern Ireland peace process. Produced by Belfast-based production company BT9 Films for Big Fish Films and Samson Films, ‘The Truth Commissioner’ will be filmed for a period of five weeks across locations spanning Belfast and Londonderry in Northern Ireland and Dublin and other parts of the Republic of Ireland. Historic locations will include Derry-Londonderry’s Guildhall setting for the Bloody Sunday enquiry and Belfast’s Stormont Castle – seat of the Northern Ireland Executive.

Set in a post-Troubles Northern Ireland, ‘The Truth Commissioner’ follows the fictional story of Henry Stanfield, played by Roger Allam, a career diplomat who has just been appointed as Truth Commissioner to Northern Ireland. The story revolves around the lives of three men who are directly or indirectly involved in the disappearance, 20 years earlier, of the fifteen-year-old Connor Roche. Stanfield calls the three men to testify: Francis Gilroy, played by Sean McGinley, a government minister and former IRA member; retired policeman James Fenton, played by Ian McElhinney, who recruited Connor as an informer; and Michael Madden, played by Barry Ward who, though now living in America, has come back to Belfast to admit to Roche’s murder.

Big Fish Films’ Eoin O’Callaghan said: ‘David Park’s prescient and provocative novel about the unintended fallout from a peace process has made a profound impression on commentators and governments wherever the idea of Truth Commission has been mooted. It is hardly a surprise that all the major film funders in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland have put their weight behind this important film. The film has a brilliant and believable script. The characters and situations are vividly drawn and the Northern Ireland setting really brings to life this compelling moment in history. With Declan at the helm, it’s going to be a beautiful picture.’

‘The Truth Commissioner’ will be broadcast on BBC Northern Ireland later in the year.

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