An appreciative audience packed Derry’s Orchard Cinema to watch Paul
Greengrass’s harrowing film “Bloody Sunday” . The film was preceded by a performance by the Screaming Blue Murder Poets group. The performance was a tribute to those who struggled for Civil Rights throughout Europe and the US in 68 and those currently in struggle.The film was introduced by Mr Ivan Cooper, a member of the Commemoration Committee.In his remarks he outlined how well the film has been received around the world, winning the Golden Bear award at the Berlin Film Festival and many other prizes in testament to its artistic and social integrity. Mr Cooper remarked that Bloody Sunday – January 30 1972- when 13 innocent civilians were murdered on the streets of Derry – was “a day of shame”.
The audience who watched the film in a gripped silence heard the line repeated in the closing minutes of the film by Mr Cooper’s “alter ego” actor James Nesbitt. The showing had been organised by the Magic Lantern Film Club as a result of a request by Commemoration Committee member Vinny McCormack thatthe Club show the film as part of the commemoration. The Committee wish to commend Magic Lantern for this initiative.