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Four Irish Films Among First Batch of Titles Announced for Galway Film Fleadh

10th May 2017

The first batch of titles have been announced for this year’s Galway Film Fleadh, comprising four Irish titles including Stephen Burke’s prison-break drama MAZE; Brendan Muldowney’s thirteenth-century epic, Pilgrimage; Pat Collins’ biopic on the legendary Irish traditional singer Joe Heaney, Song of Granite; and Maurice Fitzpatrick's political doc, In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America.

Produced by Jane Doolan at Mammoth Films and Brendan J Byrne at Cyprus Avenue Films, MAZE is based on the true story of the 1983 mass break-out of 38 IRA prisoners from HMP Maze high-security prison in Northern Ireland, which was to become the biggest prison escape in Europe since World War II. The film stars Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Barry Ward and Martin McCann and was written and directed by Stephen Burke.

Directed by Brendan Muldowney from a script written by Jamie Hannigan, Pilgrimage is set in an Ireland ravaged by tribal war and pagan superstition in 1209AD. The film centres on a group of monks who undertake a pilgrimage to transport their monastery's holiest relic to Rome. When the true significance of the relic is revealed, the journey becomes much more treacherous, and the group's faith and loyalty to one another are tested. Starring on Jon Bernthal (FuryThe Walking Dead) and Richard Armitage (The HobbitHannibal), Pilgrimage is produced by Conor Barry and John Keville of Savage Productions alongside Renoit Roland of Wrong Men Films.

Song of Granite portrays the life of the great traditional Irish singer, Joe Heaney. The beautiful yet harsh landscape combined with the myths, fables and songs of his Connemara childhood helped shape this complex and gifted character. Enigmatic and fascinating, Heaney’s devotion to his art came at a huge personal cost to him and those closest to him.  Directed by Pat Collins, the film is produced by Alan Maher and Jessie Fisk of Marcie Films.

In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America—a documentary about the influential Irish politician—will have its world premiere at the Fleadh. Directed and produced by Maurice Fitzpatrick and narrated by Liam Neeson, the doc showcases how through the relationships he forged with The White House and US Congress, Hume created the framework for peace in Northern Ireland.

The 2017 Galway Film Fleadh will take place from 11 – 16 July and more info can be found here
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