Belfast Film Festival

12th – 21st April 2018

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71 + Director and Writer Q&A

Directed by Yann Demange

Special Q&A screening with Director Yann Demange, Writer Gregory Burke, Producers Angus Lamont and Robin Gutch, and David Holmes who composed the original score.

Yann Demange’s vivid and powerful debut feature stars Jack O’Connell (Starred Up, Skins) as a young British soildier accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971 where he must attempt to survive the night.

New recruit Private Gary Hook (O’Connell) is unexpectedly deployed to Belfast during the Troubles in 1971. Shortly after arriving, his platoon is supporting a routine house search operation which escalates into a terrifying street riot and during the chaos Hook is accidentaliy left behind. Unable to tell friend from foe, the raw recruit must survive the night alone and find his way to saftey through a disorientating, alien and deadly landscape.

Written by Gregory Burke (Black Watch), ’71 is Demange’s feature debut after directing TV series’ including the awarding-winning Top Boy for Channel 4. The soundtrack is by David Holmes.

Belfast Film Festival and QFT presentation with the assistance of Film Hub NI.

What they said

It's a film that holds you in a vice-like grip throughout