The Journey, starring Colm Meaney as Martin McGuinness, Timothy Spall as Ian Paisley, directed by Nick Hamm, and written by Colin Bateman, will open in Irish cinemas on May 5th 2017. Colm Meaney has been nominated for an IFTA award for his performance in the film. The awards take place today, Saturday, April 8th.
After 40 years of ‘the troubles’ in Northern Ireland, the leading players meet at St. Andrews to try and hammer out a final and lasting peace agreement. The success of the talks depend on the Democratic Unionist Party’s Ian Paisley (Spall) and Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness (Meaney), two sworn enemies, agreeing to share power.
With the talks in extreme crisis, the pair are forced by circumstance, or perhaps fate, to take a car journey together. After a series of initial bitter exchanges, their conversation begins to shift, and cracks emerge in their armour.
Watched by their colleagues back at St. Andrews, the rivals not only discover that they are not that dissimilar, but begin to forge a friendship.
The stellar cast includes Toby Stephens (Believe, The Machine, Severance), Freddie Highmore (The Golden Compass, The Spiderwick Chronicles) and the late John Hurt (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Hercules, The Elephant Man) in one of his last roles. Nick Hamm (The Hole, Killing Bono) directs, from a script by Colin Bateman.
Opens In Irish Cinemas May 5th!