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Glenanne Gang film is set for West screening

PREMIERE: Director of Unquiet Graves, Seán Murray, at the Cultúrlann where the film will be shown this weekend PREMIERE: Director of Unquiet Graves, Seán Murray, at the Cultúrlann where the film will be shown this weekend
By Brónach Ní Thuama

A GROUNDBREAKING film by West Belfast Director Seán Murray is set to be screened this week.

Unquiet Graves, The Story of the Glenanne Gang, details how members of the RUC and UDR, were centrally involved in the murder of over 120 innocent civilians during the 1970s.

Directed by Seán Murray, the film details how members worked hand in hand with known sectarian killers in the targeted assassinations of farmers, shopkeepers, publicans and other civilians in a campaign aimed at terrorising Catholics. Now known as the Glenanne Gang, the group of killers rampaged through Counties Tyrone and Armagh and across the border in a campaign that lasted from July 1972 to the end of 1978.

Speaking to the Andersonstown News Director Seán Murray said: “The dramatic arc of the film looks at how this gang was being run by British military intelligence and what they were trying to do.

“They were trying to create a civil war, a gloves off approach to the IRA and basically cause a doomsday scenario.

“You had six Catholics killed on January 4th 1976, the MO [modus operandi] of the gang was to hit targets at the same time at different locations.

“The next plan with the Glenanne Gang was to go into a Catholic primary school in Belleeks [South Armagh] and kill all the kids in the school and at the same time go into a convent in Newry and kill all the nuns, this would have been their doomsday scenario. But the UVF themselves stopped it saying it was too far.”

Describing the film Seán said: “The film is very victim centred and it’s a very unconventional documentary. You have the Ballymurphy Massacre documentary, you’ve No Stone Unturned, you can see the influence of journalism within these documentaries, there is always a journalistic element to any documentary relating to the north.

“They are all very good documentaries that are generic in their approach, but we are coming from an artistic background, a completely film making background.”

Seán added: “Under the current political climate activist filmmakers have a duty and responsibility to both engage and contribute to the process of conflict transformation. The foregrounding of the personal cost to the horrors of our past offers an empowering voice to victims, one that holds no political authority but can be seen as both redressing the past for some and rebalancing a new historical understanding of the conflict.”

Unquiet Graves, The Story of the Glenanne Gang, which is being shown as part of the Respect Human Rights Film Festival and will be shown in An Chultúrlann on 14th, 15th and 16th of September.

Tickets are priced at £6 and are available to buy through the Unquiet Graves Facebook page or eventbrite.co.uk

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