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Belfast and Dublin-shot ‘The Truth Commissioner’ sells to New Zealand
12 Nov 2015 : Seán Brosnan
‘The Truth Commissioner’
Irish political thriller ‘The Truth Commissioner’, which was filmed in Belfast and Dublin earlier this year, has been acquired by New Zealand distributor Sky Television Network.

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 stars 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’ filmed for a period of five weeks in March and April across locations spanning Belfast and Londonderry in Northern Ireland and Dublin and other parts of the Republic of Ireland. Historic locations included 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.

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