BY IRENE KARRAS
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: The film is an adaptation of the autobiography Proved Innocent: The Story of Gerry Conlon of the Guildford Fou, about four people falsely convicted of an IRA pub bombing which killed four off-duty British soldiers and a civilian. The story follows Gerry as he and his father are wrongfully convicted, through their time in prison (and Gerry’s evolution from drifter to activist) and subsequent acquittal.
WHO’S IN IT: Daniel Day-Lewis, Emma Thompson, Peter Postlethwaite, John Lynch
WHEN IT CAME OUT: 1993
HOW COME YOU HAVEN’T HEARD OF (OR JUST SEEN) IT: You must have heard of it at some point, you guys. It was nominated for 7 Oscars including Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director and Best Picture. You may not have seen it because it’s an older film and Irish terrorists in movies have long since fallen out of favour.
WHY YOU NEED TO (RE)WATCH IT IMMEDIATELY:
- Daniel Day-Lewis as a hot, carefree 70s hippie who runs through the entire range of human emotions in two hours, as only he can do.
- This was his second collaboration with director Jim Sheridan, who directed Day-Lewis to Oscar glory with My Left Foot.
- Watch this to understand why Steven Spielberg called Peter Postlethwaite “the best actor in the world.”
- Emma. Thompson.
- The soundtrack is amazing, featuring lots of Bono and Sinead O’Connor.
- If you remember the IRA conflict, it will take you back. If you don’t, it’s an opportunity to see some white terrorists on screen for a change, and to understand the context for all those U2 songs your parents play.
- If everything you know about political torture and coercion comes from Homeland or Zero Dark Thirty, this film will remind you that such tactics have been employed for decades by various ethnic groups.
- It will make you want to call your dad! I recommend buying him the Blu-Ray for Father’s Day and watching it together.
Irene Karras is a Calgary-based communications consultant and freelance writer with a fondness for 1950s Greek melodramas, 1980s coming of age movies, weird Canadian films, and, by necessity, PG movies. She blogs at misplacedmysassy.wordpress.com and tweets @irene_karras.