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Nothing Personal

An uncompromising depiction of the cult of sectarian violence that has in the past created civil war in Northern Ireland, Nothing Personal is a totally riveting drama rigorously directed by Thaddeus O'Sullivan.

With:
Ian Hart John Lynch James Frain Michael Gambon Gary Lydon Ruaidhri Conroy

An uncompromising depiction of the cult of sectarian violence that has in the past created civil war in Northern Ireland, Nothing Personal is a totally riveting drama rigorously directed by Thaddeus O’Sullivan.

Action is set in Belfast 20 years ago, when both sides were trying to forge a truce as a way out of the escalating bloodshed. O’Sullivan and screenwriter Daniel Mornin, working from his book All Our Fault, carefully depict the different levels of command within a Loyalist (i.e., pro-British) paramilitary group, from their bluff leader (Michael Gambon) down to members of a trigger-happy gang who bring unrelenting violence to the city streets.

This particular unit is nominally led by Kenny (James Frain), who sees himself as a soldier in the anti-IRA struggle, but the unit is effectively run by the hotheaded Ginger (Ian Hart), a fanatical bigot for whom the only good Catholic is a dead one. The fanatical Protestants are contrasted with a Catholic, Liam Kelly (John Lynch), who isn’t an IRA member and deplores the violence, trying only to make a life for himself and his two children.

This is a far superior film to O’Sullivan’s previous December Bride. The fine cast give flawless performances. Filmed on location in Dublin, pic has a totally authentic feel.

Nothing Personal

UK

Production: Little Bird/Channel 4. Director Thaddeus O'Sullivan; Producer Jonathan Cavendish, Tracey Seaward; Screenplay Daniel Mornin; Camera Dick Pope; Editor Michael Parker; Music Philip Appleby; Art Director Mark Geraghty

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1995. Running time: 86 MIN.

With: Ian Hart John Lynch James Frain Michael Gambon Gary Lydon Ruaidhri Conroy

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