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On 07, Aug 2012 | In | By Sound Disposition

Shadow Dancer

Director: James Marsh
Producers: Chris Coen, Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe
Drama: 101 mins

James Marsh directs Clive Owen, Andrea Riseborough and Gillian Anderson in this tense political thriller, in which a Belfast mother is forced to spy on her own family in MI5’s war against the IRA.

Winning Best Film at the Irish Film and Television Awards, Shadow Dancer earned a plethora of Best Actress awards for Riseborough, including the British Independent Film Awards and London Critics Circle.

We provided sound supervision, sound design and foley.

Belfast single mother Colette McVeigh is arrested carrying out a bomb plot in London for the IRA. She faces up to 25 years in prison, away from her children, but MI5 officer Mac (Clive Owens) offers her a deal – spy on her own family in exchange for her freedom. Colette puts her trust in Mac, but when her brothers’ secret operation is ambushed, suspicions are aroused, and Colette’s safety – as well as her family’s – is in danger as the IRA hunt the informant.

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….Truly outstanding was the sound design, by Roland Heap and editor Jinx Godfrey, which injected a terrifying anxiety to a bombing scene on the London Underground. Lucy Walker described the picture as “a masterpiece, the British Departed.” – The Telegraph

[Shadow Dancer] makes a difference, a poetic and unapologetically arthouse story … terrific score, measured pacing and fierce female performances … a raw reminder of a sad and painful past. – The Guardian

….every aspect of the filmmking from sound design to lonely camera shots of isolation play into the goal of celebrating the constant, horrifying ticking that can only lead to one thing… –

an atmospheric, highly personal and often intricately plotted exposition of what it must have been like at ground level during a terrible part of Irish history. – Evening Standard