Multi-award-winning writer Jimmy McGovern, film director David Blair, and film and television producer Colin McKeown come together for the screening of their collaborative BBC feature film Common, broadcast on 6th July 2014, and starring Michelle Fairley, Nico Mirallegro and Michael Gambon. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session chaired by Professors Mark McGovern and Roger Shannon. Also participating will be Jan Cunliffe, mother of real-life victim Jordan Cunliffe imprisoned under the 300-year-old common enterprise law.
Mirallegro plays 17 year old Johnjo O’Shea who gives cousin Tony and his mates, Colin and Kieran, a last-minute lift for a takeaway pizza. This results in Johnjo becoming unsuspectingly involved in the fatal stabbing, by one of the lads, of innocent pizza bar bystander Thomas Ward. The tragedy unfolds with Mrs Ward’s search for justice, and the money to bury her dead son, and Johnjo’s family wrestling with the unfolding conflicts and legal procedurals that affect the fate of their haemophiliac son.
As with the fall-out of Hillsborough, Bloody Sunday and, more recently, the BBC television series Accused, McGovern tackles the uncomfortable and emotive issues of those who find themselves victims of the justice system.
The film is eloquently directed and produced by Blair and McKeown, with some outstanding performances by Mirallegro, Gambon and the rest of the cast.
Creative Edge building
6.00pm Screening of Common
7.30pm Q&A Session
8.15pm Refreshments and Networking
This event is FREE.