• Actors Ellie Halpin (left) and Cathy McQuaid the actors who played Joan Connelly and the young Briege Voyle – caption the photo of the two on the bed
Reconstruction of petrol bomb attack on a saracen
Father Des Wilson with Director Callum Macrae
Channel 4 commissioner and Executive Producer of the film, Dorothy Byrne (left)
Filming with the family of Joe Corr
Reconstruction of the pillars at the entrance to the Manse Field
Mark washing snow from the road prior to filming!
The first people to see the film were 120 family members and friends of the victims who gathered for a private screening in Corpus Christi, the church at the heart of Ballymurphy, around which the killings occurred. A church which has been very supportive of the families’ search for justice.
It was a very difficult film for the families to watch. There were many tears, but some laughter too. This was a portrait of a war in a small town and there were moments of humour even in those dark times. As the film came to an end, there was a pause and then everyone stood and gave the film a standing ovation. It was a very moving event (and nerve-wracking for the production team!) We were very conscious that the families had made a brave decision to trust us with their story, and to help us make the film. The families and survivors are engaged on a search for truth and justice which is painful, but vitally important. A search which could help remove a significant block on the road to truth and reconciliation in Northern Ireland. We hope the film helps.
Time for Truth March Belfast City Hall February 2018
Ballymurphy today (bottom and left) below the fortified police station
The daughters of Briege Voyle, shot dead in Ballymurphy by British forces on the 9th of August 1971,
Time for Truth March, Belfast, 2018
Sunset over West Belfast
The live action for the reconstructions of the shootings on those three terrible days in August 1971 was filmed in a large green screen studio outside Dublin and then composited later onto the CGI created images of the the localities as they looked in 1971.