New Irish feature film The Guarantee starring Peter Coonan (L”), David Murray (A”), Orla Fitzgerald (The Wind That Shakes The Barley), Morgan C. Jones (Vikings), and Gary Lydon (Calvary) will be hitting Irish cinemas on Thursday October 30th with a special live event to kick off the release. The first of its kind in Ireland, the live event screening will allow cinema audiences across the country to watch the film and take part in an interactive panel discussion and Q&A hosted by Today FM’s Matt Cooper live from Movies@Dundrum.
Based on Colin Murphy’s stage play G”, directed by Ian Power (The Runway) and produced by John Kelleher Media in association with the BAI, the Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland (FÉ/SI) is the national development agency for Irish filmmaking and the Irish film, television and animation industry. and TV3, The Guarantee recreates the drama surrounding the most significant political decision in modern Irish history when the Irish government decided to guarantee the entire domestic banking system. It’s the first time the story has been told on the big screen and charts the origins of that pivotal decision and follows developments through the peak of the boom to the beginning of the bust.
Speaking about the release, Patrick O’Neill, CEO Wildcard Distribution is an Irish film distributor established in early 2013 specialising in new and fresh approaches to distribution. said: [quote]Wildcard is delighted to be bringing this feature and live cinema event to cinemas across Ireland. That night in 2008 was a defining moment in Irish history and the story and its impact is still very relevant today. We’re very excited to be incorporating a live event and interactive element to the evening, something that’s never been done before in Ireland. We’re also thrilled Matt has come on board to host the evening and we’re very grateful to all at Movies@ for their enthusiasm and support of the project.[/quote]
The film sees Peter Coonan and Gary Lydon, currently appearing in the critically acclaimed Borstal Boy in the Gaiety Theatre, star as Anglo Irish Bank Chief Executive David Drumm and Brian Cowen respectively, with David Murray, Morgan C. Jones and Orla Fitzgerald also starring as Brian Lenihan, Sean Fitzpatrick and Kate Walsh.
This special live event screening will mark the world premiere of The Guarantee on Thursday 30th October. The cinema release will be followed by a television broadcast on TV3 and DVD release later this year.