CONFLICT AREA / COUNTRY OF REFERENCE: NORTHERN IRELAND
My documentary, ‘The Far Side of Revenge’, is my most recent in a body of work that chronicles the Northern Irish ‘Troubles’ from ‘12 Days in July’ (1997) to ‘Bloody Sunday – A Derry Diary’ (2010). A study on reconciliation, the documentary experiments with film language in a style that echoes my debut feature drama ‘Hush-A-Bye Baby‘ (1990). It features the work of dramatist Teya Sepinuck – a bomb disposal expert of troubled spirits – whose hybrid form of theatre puts real people at its core as they stage their own, often shocking, stories to the public. The film explores Teya’s engagement with a group of women from backgrounds and histories so diverse that it would be hard to imagine them sharing a space, let alone creating a public, cultural event together. Drawn from politically diverse backgrounds, the cast includes Kathleen, whose husband was blown up by the IRA in 1990 and Anne, a former member of the IRA, whose uncle was murdered by the British Army on Bloody Sunday in Derry in 1972. My aim is to deliver a penetrating insight into a process of creation where the pain of individual stories is counterbalanced by the joyful bond that develops between the women.
The Far Side of Revenge
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Margo Harkin was born in Derry, Northern Ireland and continues to live and work there through Besom Productions Ltd. She graduated in Fine Art (Hons) from the Ulster College of Art & Design in 1974 and completed a post graduate course in theatre design with Percy Harris and Hayden Griffin at the Riverside Studios in 1981. In the early 1980s she worked with Field Day Theatre Company co-founded by Brian Friel and Stephen Rea and was greatly influenced by their aim to create a ‘fifth province' that transcended the crippling oppositions of Irish politics. She has been an award-winning filmmaker since 1984 when she co-founded the Channel 4 Workshop ‘Derry Film & Video’. Her work spans many genres from feature film to social issue documentary and her filmography includes the drama `Hush-A-Bye Baby’ and the feature documentaries, `Bloody Sunday – A Derry Diary’, `Waveriders’ and ‘The Far Side of Revenge’.