24 March 2023 The Irish Film & Television Network
Lyra makes UK premiere at Sheffield DocFest; Wildcard acquires theatrical rights for UK/Ireland
28 Jun 2022 : Nathan Griffin
Lyra McKee
Following its UK premiere at Sheffield DocFest, Wildcard Distribution has confirmed its acquisition of the award-winning documentary for theatrical distribution in Ireland and the UK.

Cinephil has also boarded the film and will handle the international sales for the documentary. 

Directed by BAFTA-winning Alison Millar and executive produced for HiddenLight by Siobhan Sinnerton, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, Lyra is a beautiful and heartfelt film about the life and death of the internationally renowned Northern Irish investigative journalist Lyra McKee.

Raised in working-class, war-torn Belfast Lyra went on to highlight the consequences of the Troubles, seeking justice for crimes that had been forgotten since the Good Friday Agreement. Her murder by dissident Republicans the day before Good Friday in 2019 sent shockwaves across the world.

Using hours of voice recordings from Lyra’s own mobile, computer and Dictaphone, the documentary, which won the Audience Award at the Cork Film Festival, seeks answers to her senseless killing through Lyra’s own work and words. The result is a complex picture of Northern Ireland’s political history, bringing into sharp focus the ways in which the 1998 Good Friday agreement – with its promised end to violence for future generations – has struggled to be fully realized.

Speaking about the film, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said: “We are delighted to see LYRA having its premiere at the Sheffield documentary festival. Hiddenlight decided to partner on the film because we are about celebrating the best in humanity and in journalism, and Lyra represents both. With the Good Friday Agreement under threat, the film could not be more timely and is an important watch for anyone concerned about peace in Northern Ireland.”

Lyra is a Channel 4 commission, produced by Jackie Doyle and Alison Millar for Erica Starling Productions and executively produced by Siobhan Sinnerton, Edward Watts, Greg Darby, Andrew Eaton, Louisa Compton and Hillary and Chelsea Clinton with funding from Northern Ireland Screen in association with TG4.  

Music for the film was scored by the Ivor Novello Award-winning David Holmes, Mark McCauley was the cinematographer on the project and it was edited by the British Independent Film Award-winning Chloe Lambourne.  

Wildcard Distribution will bring Lyra to Irish and UK cinemas later this year.

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