Bloody Sunday is a 2002 British-Irish film about the 1972 “Bloody Sunday” shootings in Derry, Northern Ireland.
Although produced by Granada Television as a TV film, it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on 16 January, a few days before its screening on ITV on 20 January, and then in selected London cinemas from 25 January.
The production was written and directed by Paul Greengrass. Though set in Derry, the film was actually shot in Ballymun in North Dublin. However, some location scenes were shot in Derry, in Guildhall Square and in Creggan on the actual route of the march in 1972.
Documentary-style drama showing the events that led up to the tragic incident on 30 January 1972 in the Northern Ireland town of Derry when a protest march led by civil rights activist Ivan Cooper was fired upon by British troops, killing 13 protesters and wounding 14 more.
The movie was inspired by Don Mullan’s politically influential book ‘Eyewitness Bloody Sunday’, published by Wolfhound Press in 1997.
Trivia & Goofs
- Ruled ineligible to compete for an Oscar in 2003 because it was shown on Irish and British television on the same night that it premiered in a London theater, a violation of the motion picture academy’s Rule 3, which requires a six-month wait between the time it is shown in theaters and the time it is shown on TV.
- To make this movie as authentic as possible, no lights were used in the movie and the camera work was entirely hand-held.
- As Ivan Cooper exits home, a movie theatre can be seen, where the movie Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971), which was actually showing at the time, is showing.
- The marchers carry homemade cardboard signs with slogans written on them. When shown from behind, some have modern printing (“Made in China”) on them that are not appropriate for 1972.
- When the military staff review the itinerary (roughly at 21′), they point at a map with a main rendezvous point : Agro corner. It is first written as “Aggro corner”, then spelled “Agro corner” in the next sequence and back to “Aggro corner” in the final view of the map.
- Major Steel has the shoulder epaulette of a Lieutenant Colonel (a crown above a pip) not a Major (which is just a crown).
Production & Filming Details
- Director: Paul Greengrass.
- Producers: Mark Redhead and Don Mullan.
- Writer: Paul Greengrass (screenplay).
- Music: Dominic Muldowney.
- Cinematography: Ivan Strasburg.
- Editor: Clare Douglas.
- Production: Bórd Scannán na hÉireann, Granada Television, Hell’s Kitchen Films, Irish Film Board (funding), and Portman Entertainment Group.
- Distribution: Paramount Classics (US).
- Release Date: 16 January 2002 (Sundance), 25 January 2002 (UK).
- Running time: 105 minutes.
- Country: Ireland and UK.
- Language: English.