UK, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Spain


Ireland 1920: workers from field and country unite to form volunteer guerrilla armies to face the ruthless "Black and Tan" squads that are being shipped from Britain to block Ireland's bid for independence. Driven by a deep sense of duty and a love for his country, Damien abandons his burgeoning career as a doctor and joins his brother, Teddy, in a dangerous and violent fight for freedom. As the freedom fighters' bold tactics bring the British to breaking point, both sides finally agree to a treaty to end the bloodshed. But, despite the apparent victory, civil war erupts and families, who fought side by side, find themselves pitted against one another as sworn enemies, putting their loyalties to the ultimate test.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Ken Loach

Written by: Paul Laverty

Cinematography: Barry Ackroyd

Cast: Padraic Delaney (Terry), Liam Cunningham (Dan), Orla Fitzgerald (Sinead), Cillian Murphy (Damien)

Nominations and Awards

  • European Cinematographer – Prix Carlo Di Palma 2006
  • European Film 2006
  • European Director 2006
  • European Screenwriter 2006
  • Feature Film Selection 2006