BIAF: The Queen v Patrick Ó Donnell

BBFC RatingBIAF: The Queen v Patrick Ó Donnell

Showing: 09 October 2021

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Sat 9 Oct 2021

CertificateNot Rated
GenreHistory, Drama
DirectorTomás Seoighe
WritersTomás Seoighe
LanguageIrish, English
Running Time1HR 30MINS
Extra InfoPartially Subtitled
SeasonBelfast International Arts Festival 2021

The Queen v Patrick O’Donnell reveals on screen for the first time the true story behind one of the most compelling murder plots in Irish history, a thrilling tale of violence, courtroom drama, romance and political intrigue.

Containing evidence from British Home Office files kept secret for 100 years, it reveals shocking new information about the fate of the quiet-spoken Donegal man who killed the infamous informer James Carey on board a ship off the coast of South Africa in 1883.

What possessed the illiterate labourer from the Donegal Gaeltacht to shoot the leader of The Invincibles? Who was the mystery woman posing as his wife? And why did both the US President and the French luminary Victor Hugo plead that Patrick O’Donnell not be hanged for his crime?

Scéal beatha Patrick O’Donnell, Padaí Mhicheáil Airt as Mín an Chladaigh, Gaoth Dobhair, a mharaigh an brathadóir cáiliúil James Carey ar bord loinge amach ó chósta na hAfraice Theas sa bhliain 1883, atá sa scannán nua seo.

Céard a thug ar an bhfear Ghaoth Dobhair, Padaí Mhicheáil ceannaire na Invincibles James Carey a mharú? Cérbh í an bhean mhistéireach a bhí ina chomhluadar mar bhean chéile? Agus cén fáth gur iarr Uachtarán Mheiriceá agus sárscríbhneoir na Fraince Victor Hugo nach gcrochfaidh é?

Belfast International Arts Festival return for their 59th edition from 6 October to 7 November with an extensive programme that gives audiences opportunities to both experience live performances again whilst also enjoying a selection of online events at home!

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