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Lost Lives to world premiere at 63rd BFI London Film Festival this Thursday, 10th October
10 Oct 2019 : News Desk
Lost Lives premieres at BFI on October 10th.
A powerful and timely Northern Ireland film inspired by the book of the same name, Lost Lives will have its world premiere at 63rd BFI London Film Festival this Thursday 10th October, at 20.45 at Curzon Mayfair.

Following the screening there will be a Q&A with film-makers Dermot Lavery and Michael Hewitt as well as cast members Stephen Rea, Ciarán Hinds, Judith Roddy, Bronagh Waugh, Martin McCann, Bríd Brennan and Susan Lynch, Lost Lives has already sold out a second screening in Vue Westend on Friday 11 October as well as Q&A screening on QFT Belfast on Saturday 12 October.

Directed and produced by Dermot Lavery and Michael Hewitt of DoubleBand Films for BBC Northern Ireland and Northern Ireland Screen, Lost Lives is narrated by a host of Northern Irish creative including Kenneth Branagh, Bríd Brennan, Roma Downey, Adrian Dunbar, Michelle Fairley, Bronagh Gallagher, Brendan Gleeson, Dan Gordon, Conleth Hill, Ciarán Hinds, Susan Lynch, Des McAleer, Martin McCann, Ian McElhinney, Sean McGinley, James Nesbitt, Liam Neeson, Emer O’Connor, Stephen Rea, Judith Roddy, Michael Smiley and Bronagh Waugh.

Describing the film, co-directors Dermot Lavery and Michael Hewitt said:

“Lost Lives is a feature length film inspired by the remarkable book of the same name. First published in 1999, it is a history book with a profound difference. It does not detail the acts of politicians and other major figures in the story of a conflict. Nor does it concern itself with talks or the breakdowns of talks. It was – and remains – the only book to record the circumstances of every single death in a conflict. As such it is focused - through every meticulous entry - on the human and emotional cost of a war. In the words of the five journalists who wrote the book over a period of seven years, it ‘should serve as a lasting reminder of why Northern Ireland should never again return to full-scale conflict, a lasting reminder of the sadness and the pity of it all, a lasting reminder that war is hell.’

“Our film is not a documentary but a filmic response to the book and what it represents. It is a film that weaves together high-end cinematography, archive film, a commissioned score performed by the Ulster Orchestra and a number of extracts from the book, read by the very best of our acting talent. For us it is a cinematic event that addresses the past - but looks to the future.

“Lost Lives is being released to mark the 50th anniversary of the start of the violence in Northern Ireland – a remarkable moment for all of us, not least those of us who lived through the conflict.”

Members of the cast also offered statement on their participation in this important feature film include:

Roma Downey

“LOST LIVES shows us such profound loss through the telling of individual personal stories.  The heartache and grief of these families is deeply touching.  The film really lets you truly understand that the human cost was so high. Too high.  The film reminds us that these people are no longer mere statistics in a book but flesh and blood human beings, they are someone’s wee boy or little girl, a loving wife or husband or a beloved mother or father.  We saw too many funerals in Northern Ireland when I was growing up.  Too many tears were shed.  Too many hearts broken.  So many lives were destroyed and we ask ‘for what?’  I pray this film is seen over and over and people watch and say ‘enough, no more, never again.”

Adrian Dunbar

“As the Endgame of Brexit seems to be approaching this film feels like a timely intervention.  That the return of the border could happen and the inevitable social unrest will occur seems an utter betrayal of the hard fought peace that the Lost Lives of the War in the North demanded.”

Ciarán Hinds

"Brian Friel writes in his great play, Translations – ‘.....it is not the literal past, the 'facts' of history that shape us, but images of the past embodied in language.’
Historical facts and figures can often appear rather anodyne, but through the visual and audial language of film, we can relate to these facts and figures in a more humane and empathetic manner.  I believe Lost Lives is a truly vital film - a potent reminder, to steer us away from violence in this present and possibly very volatile climate."

Sean McGinley

“3,700 people and counting lost their lives in the Troubles.  Regardless of their circumstances, or what side, if any, they were on, the only certainty is this: They died.  LOST LIVES might make us ask the question: Why?”

Lost Lives is a requiem. A reminder that war is hell.  “that there will be no more lost lives”

Lost Lives opens in QFT Belfast on Friday, October 11th; special event screenings (including the Q&A from LFF) in cinemas across Northern Ireland, Ireland and UK on October 23rd ; Q&A with film-makers in IFI Dublin on 30 October, Cork Film Festival special screening with film-makers on November 8th.

Ivan Kavanagh on Directing and Writing
Seána Kerslake on Acting
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