GB / IRE
Dir: Ken Loach
Starring: Cillian Murphy and Orla Fitzgerald
Two brothers are caught up in the troubles of 1920s Ireland
This widely-praised drama set during the Irish War of Independence takes its title from Robert Dwyer Joyce’s Irish ballad set during the 1798 rebellion in Ireland and featured early in the film. The production is heavily influenced by Walter Macken’s 1964 novel The Scorching Wind but it is not a direct adaptation. It features one scene early on where British soldiers attack the crew of Irish J15 Class 0-6-0 No.186 working a short train of three coaches. This brutal scene was filmed at Killarney station on the Mallow to Tralee line.