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SOME MOTHER'S SON

SYNOPSIS:
Powerful story of two mothers, ordinary Irish women from different backgrounds, forced to the centre of an epic struggle between British parliament and the IRA. Kathleen Quigley (Helen Mirren) is a widowed teacher whose son, Gerard (Aidan Gillen), is arrested and goes on a hunger strike, willing to die for his beliefs. How far will she go to save him?

"Hard on the heels of The Devil’s Own and Michael Collins and, before them, In the Name of the Father, comes the latest drama on the Irish Troubles, Some Mother’s Son, brimming with the usual angst and gloom, but saved by a refreshingly sane and long overdue female viewpoint. …The Mirren character, cleverly positioned well away from the ruddy-cheeked cliché as an apolitical, educated, middle-class Irishwoman, is someone who has had no truck with this IRA business until now. Her journey towards accepting her son’s decision is all the more tortuous for having to come to terms with foreign emotions and histories almost instinctual to the other, more accepting IRA mothers, such as the tough and fervent Annie Higgins (Fionnula Flanagan)…..There is certainly no doubting the seriousness of the jailed IRA men in Some Mother’s Sons. No louts or killer-types here. Director George has them all looking and behaving like Jesus. …The British, on the other hand, are all portrayed as either cruel public-school fops or wily hard boys. So there is cliché here, and a certain lack of balance. But the gifted Mirren, especially in her scenes with Flanagan, the militant mum, is, as usual faultless. In their different, equally intractable ways, these two women ground the film. On screen and in life the men seem to have mucked it up."
Robert Drewe, Sydney Morning Herald

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SOME MOTHER’S SON (M)
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CAST: Helen Mirren, Fionnula Flanagan, Aidan Gillen, John Lynch, Tom Hollander, Tim Woodward, Ciaran Hinds, Geraldine O’Rawe, Gerard McSorley, Dan Gordon

PRODUCER: Jim Sheridan

DIRECTOR: Terry George

SCRIPT: Terry George & Jim Sheridan

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Geoffrey Simpson

EDITOR: Craig McKay

MUSIC: Bill Whelan

PRODUCTION DESIGN: David Wilson

RUNNING TIME: 112 minutes

 

AWARDS: Audience Award Winner San Sebastian Film Festival 1996

 

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Columbia TriStar

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: May 15, 1997







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