Film Review: ’71

Posted on by 5WC in Film

Like a lot of people I have an indifferent¬†relationship with The Troubles in Northern Ireland. They didn’t directly affect me, after all, while close they were still happening in a different country and my relationship and knowledge to them is born out the media portrayal. Imagery more powerful than fact, with the depiction of guns, poverty and painted murals used to shape my opinion rather than reasoned debate and learned understanding.

I’d heard very good things about ’71. Both as a film and as a performance by lead Jack O’Connell. Set on the mean streets of Belfast directly at the height of The Troubles, it is a film that is collectively lauded by critics. Most shouting from the roof tops about how director Yann Demange has so graphically managed to turn the residential streets of Belfast into a full, and inhumane, war zone. Read more