28 January 2016

Roger Allam in new NI political thriller

Queen’s Film Theatre in Belfast is to host a special preview of The Truth Commissioner, starring Roger Allam (The Thick of It, Endeavour, Ashes To Ashes). The screening next Monday, 1 February 2016, at 6.30 pm will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s director Declan Recks.

Eoin O’Callaghan's adaptation is based on David Park’s 2008 novel of the same name. The political thriller is set in a post-Troubles Northern Ireland.
Eager to make good as a peacemaker, the UK Prime Minster appoints career diplomat Henry Stanfield (Allam) as Truth Commissioner to Northern Ireland, based on the South African model of Truth and Reconciliation. Although Stanfield starts well, he soon uncovers some bloody and inconvenient truths about those now in charge.
The cast also includes Sean McGinley, Conleth Hill, Ian McElhinney, Bríd Brennan, Sean McGinley, Tom Goodman-Hill and Barry Ward. The QFT event is part of the "Made In My Town – Made in Belfast" season of film and rarely seen archive footage.

The film will be released in Irish cinemas on 26 February following its screening at the Dublin International Film Festival on Sunday 21 February.