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‘Saving the Titanic’ starts cinema run in the Lighthouse Friday 13th April

12th Apr 2012

Maurice Sweeney's critically acclaimed drama-documentary ‘Saving the Titanic' will go on release in the Lighthouse Cinema on Friday the 13th of April at 6pm. The screening of the Bord Scannán na hÉireann/Irish Film Board funded documentary, which was hailed as unmissable by JDIFF Director Grainne Humphries, will mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ship on Sunday the 15th of April.

Produced by Tile Films and directed by Maurice Sweeney, ‘Saving the Titanic' sets out to answer the question of what happened in the engine and boiler rooms after the collision. The film tells the story of the disaster from below deck, with the action taking place between the time the crew embark the Titanic at Southampton and the eventual sinking of the ship. Narrated by leading actor Liam Cunningham, the drama focuses on nine central characters whose personal stories of bravery are recounted as they fight courageously to hold back the power of the sea and keep the power systems running, even when they learned that all was lost. Most of these men died but their actions saved many lives.

IFTA award winning filmmaker Stephen Rooke (Waterways) producer of "Saving the Titanic" said:

"It's fantastic that we are getting such a good reaction to the film.  We had the World Premiere in Cineworld at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, the US TV Premiere on Sunday 1st April on PBS and the Irish TV Premiere on RTÉ last Monday.  The audience reaction has been phenomenal.  Everyone seems to really relate to the personal stories of the Titanic's engineering crew.  It is the bravery of the men as they fought courageously to hold back the power of the sea and keep the power systems running, even when they learned that all was lost.  I think the audience really get that it was the actions of these men that saved many lives".

‘Saving the Titanic' has a stellar ensemble cast of leading Irish actors in key roles in this drama-doc including David Wilmot (The Guard; The Tudors), Ciarán McMenamin (One hundred mornings; Sinking of the Laconia; David Copperfield Primeval), Owen McDonnell (Mount Pleasant; Singlehanded; Conspiracy of Silence) Jonathan Byrne (Primeval; On Home Ground; Fág an Bealach); Andrew Simpson (Notes on a Scandal; Perrier's Bounty), Hugh O'Conor (Your Bad Self; Killing Bono); Douglas Rankine (Loose Talk), Paul Kennedy (Cherrybomb; 50 Dead Men Walking), Stephen Hogan (Earthbound; The Tudors), Conor MacNeill (Cherrybomb; 50 Dead Men Walking), and Chris Newman (Love/Hate; Love is the drug); Owen Roe (Wide Open Spaces; Whistleblower; Alarm) and David Heap (The Guard; Jack Taylor; The Tudors)

The film will have its UK premiere on History UK on Saturday 14th April at 18.00 with a repeat later in the evening at 22.00. Channel 4 will show Saving the Titanic' at 16.00 in the afternoon of Sunday 15th April. 


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