The Trou­bles on film From Ken Loach’s ‘Hid­den Agenda’ to Paul Green­grass’s ‘Bloody Sun­day’ and Yann De­mange’s ‘71’

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The North­ern Ir­ish Trou­bles in­spired a few clunkers, such as A Prayer for the Dy­ing and The Devil’s Own. But there has also been a lot of thought­ful work.

Hid­den Agenda ( 1990): Ken Loach re­turned to the lime­light af­ter a quiet decade or so with an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the Bri­tish govern­ment’s shoot-to-kill pol­icy.

The Cry­ing Game ( 1992): The con­flict is back­ground noise in most of Neil Jor­dan’s sin­gu­lar thriller con­cern­ing an

IRA man flee­ing the law and his old com­rades in Lon­don.

Bloody Sun­day ( 2002): Paul Green­grass’s ki­netic take on the mas­sacre was made for TV, but re­ceived a lim­ited the­atri­cal re­lease. It emerged al­most si­mul­ta­ne­ously with Jimmy Mc­Gov­ern’s equally strong Sun­day, a more grass­roots treat­ment of the same ma­te­rial.

Shadow Dancer ( 2012): Ter­rific thriller fea­tur­ing An­drea Rise­bor­ough as a Repub­li­can vol­un­teer who

agrees to spy for the Bri­tish. Rise­bor­ough’s Belfast ac­cent is un­can­nily strong.

71 ( 2014): Made in Sh­effield by a French­man with no Ir­ish money, Yann De­mange’s pur­suit movie still of­fers a con­vinc­ing im­pres­sion of Belfast in the tit­u­lar year. Jack O’Con­nell is the Bri­tish soldier stuck in en­emy ter­ri­tory.

From left: James Nes­bitt in Bloody Sun­day; An­drea Rise­bor­ough in Shadow Dancer; Jack O’Con­nell in 71

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