The Journey

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United Kingdom | 2016 | 94 minutes | Nick Hamm

During a car ride through the Scottish countryside, conservative British loyalist Ian Paisley (Timothy Spall) and former IRA leader Martin McGuinness (Colm Meaney) begin to find common ground and craft a historic plan for bringing peace to Northern Ireland in this gripping dramatization.

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With the world watching, the St. Andrews Agreement was founded in October 2006, securing peace in Northern Ireland. Nick Hamm's stylized drama depicts the key negotiations between former protestant leader Ian Paisley and catholic Sinn Fein head Martin McGuiness that ultimately laid the groundwork for a peaceful resolution. A budding bromance evolves between stark political rivals as they're forced to spend hours in a car together, only instead of deciding who gets the girl, they're determining the devolution of power of a nation rife with decades of civil conflict. Staunch evangelist and British loyalist Paisley must return home for his 50th wedding anniversary. To avoid political fallout and mounting mistrust, the equally witty and rebellious McGuiness decides to attend as a sign of good faith. The resulting road trip and forced proximity offers an opportunity to transcend political barriers against crass partisanship as both realize they seek the same goal: independence and prosperity for their country. History lessons abound as this film takes on modern relevance with our increasingly politicized society, promising it's never too late to reach across the aisle.

Director Biography

Irish-born director Nick Hamm is a BAFTA Award winner for his 1992 short, "The Harmfulness of Tobacco". He got his start as the resident director of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

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  • Director: Nick Hamm
  • Principal Cast: Timothy Spall, Colm Meaney, John Hurt, Toby Stephens, Freddie Highmore
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 94 minutes
  • Producer: Piers Tempest, Mark Huffam, Nick Hamm, Matt Jackson, Stuart Ford
  • Screenplay: Colin Bateman
  • Cinematographers: Greg Gardiner
  • Editors: Chris Gill
  • Music: Stephen Warbeck
  • Filmography: Killing Bono (2011); Godsend (2004); The Hole (2001); The Very Thought of You (1998); Talk of Angels (1998)
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: IFC Films
  • International Sales: IM Global