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Nick Hamm, Timothy Spall, Colm Meaney – The Journey #Venezia73

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If these enemies could put aside their hatred and come together, then so can others.

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"The Journey" by Nick Hamm (UK)

PODCAST | Matt Micucci interviews director Nick Hamm and actors Timothy Spall and Colm Meaney, who talk about their film The Journey from the 73rd Venice Film Festival.

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Nick Hamm’s film The Journey, screened out of competition at the 73rd Venice Film Festival, is based on the true story of the meeting between Unionist leader Ian Paisley and Irish Republican leader Martin McGuinness, that happened some ten years ago and led to the beginning of the end of the dark years of the violence and terrorism of the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

We caught up with the director and the two, fantastic leading actors, Timothy Spall, who plays Paisley, and Meaney, who portrayed McGuinness. The two actors talk about their performances and how they contributed to the creation of the portrayal of the two famous (and in terms of The Journey‘s narrative, soon-to-be the notorious “Chuckle brothers” duo of politicians).

THE JOURNEY. The British and Irish have gathered the political parties from Northern Ireland in St. Andrews, Scotland, to discuss a landmark agreement. Suddenly peace looks a possibility after the dark days of The Troubles. The only stumbling block is convincing firebrand protestant preacher Ian Paisley and Irish republican Martin McGuinness to accept the deal and govern together. But the two sides will not even talk directly to each other!

  • Reporter
    Matt Micucci
  • Guest
    Nick Hamm / Timothy Spall / Colm Meaney
  • Interviewee role
    director / actors
  • Film title
    The Journey
  • Festival section
    Out of Competition
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