Lark Theatre Sat, Oct 4, 2014 2:45 PM
Sequoia 1 Tue, Oct 7, 2014 11:15 AM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:100
Director:Yann Demange
Producer:Angus Lamont
Robin Gutch
Screenwriter:Gregory Burke
Cinematographer:Tat Radcliffe
Editor:Chris Wyatt
Cast:Jack O’Connell
Paul Anderson
Richard Dormer
Sean Harris
Martin McCann
Charlie Murphy
Sam Reid
Killian Scott
David Wilmot
Print Source:Roadside Attractions
Note Writer:Janis Plotkin


A young British army recruit is stranded in the bombed-out warrens of a riot-rocked Belfast in this potent thriller of survival that takes place over the course of one hellish day, one year before Bloody Sunday. Gary Hooks (rising star Jack O’Connell) is assigned to a Northern Ireland emergency peacekeeping force just as the Troubles are exploding. After becoming separated from his unit during a house raid-turned-riot, an unarmed Hooks escapes through the backstreets, and we witness 24 hours of his fiery baptism. The lines between friend and foe shift and blur, but director Yann Demange, in his inaugural feature, puts a tight focus on the characters’ sensory experience of their war-ravaged surroundings. Underpinned by grainy cinematography and cacophonous sound design matched to the era and its horrifying events, ’71 details a very specific odyssey but strikes with a staggering universality.

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Additional Information

Born in Paris and raised in London, Yann Demange began his career filming live concerts and assisting on commercials and music promos. His first fiction short film Joe was accepted by the British Council as part of its festival programme and was screened internationally. This was followed by the five part BBC series Criminal Justice (nominated for Best Director - Fiction Entertainment at the British Academy Television Craft Awards in 2010,). He then went on to direct the critically acclaimed Top Boy written by Ronan Bennett for Channel 4. Set in Hackney, London, the drama looks beyond the headlines about youth crime and delves into the personal stories of those involved. The series was nominated for Best Director and Best Drama Serial BAFTAs and won Best Drama Serial at the Royal Television Society and the 2013 Broadcast awards. His directorial debut feature film ’71, held its world premiere in February at the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival, followed by a screening at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in July. Yann recently received the International New Talent Prize at the German Cinema Awards for Peace, and was celebrated with BAFTA’s “Brits to Watch” honor.