Released in 2014, Gregory Burke’s powerful feature debut ’71 picked up a stack of awards for Gregory Burke, the Director Yann Demange and their male lead, the quietly intense powerhouse, Jack O’Connell.
The riveting story of a young and disorientated British soldier, accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the deadly streets of Belfast. The film, based on real-life incidents, came out of a conversation between Gregory and Producer Angus Lamont. Originally Lamont’s idea, Gregory had recently seen Apocalypto and said “There’s a pitch for you. “It’s Apocalypto set in Belfast” because it’s just about a guy running and having to get home.
The script evolved out of the ongoing conversation/collaboration between Gregory and Angus; first time feature director Yann Demange and BAFTA Rising Star Jack O’Connell came on board and a with a $10m budget, there were a lot of people putting a lot of faith in a movie with a lot of fresh new talent playing key roles. A risky risky business that paid off in spades.
’71 is an action movie with a difference – it’s edgy, intense, British (sorry but that’s not generally what we do best), character driven and remarkably authentic story telling at it’s best. A perfect example of collaborative filmmaking gone very VERY right, we are delighted to present this Script to Screen LIVE session with Gregory Burke and Angus Lamont.
Read the shooting script (the one they took to set), then join Gregory and Angus for their live commentary detailing the journey of this powerful and important film from script to screen.
Appearing in this session
Credits include: '71, The Girl With All the Gifts
Credits include: The Dare, World of Darkness
Credits include: '71, One Night In Emergency