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Five things we learned this week – July 5th 2014

5) Irish banking crisis drama The Guarantee shoots in Dublin

the guarantee

Written by Colin Murphy and based on his stage play, The Guarantee sees Peter Coonan (“Love/Hate”) play former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm. He’s joined by David Murray (Amber) who co-stars as Brian Lenihan while the roles of Kate Walsh, Sean Fitzpatrick and Brian Cowen are being played by Orla Fitzgerald (The Wind That Shakes The Barley), Morgan Jones (Breakfast on Pluto), and Gary Lydon (Calvary) respectively.

Directed by Ian Power (The Runway), the feature film recreates the drama surrounding the most significant political decision in modern Irish history when the Irish government decided to guarantee the entire domestic banking system. It’s the first time the story has been told on the big screen and charts the origins of that pivotal decision (four years before that fateful night), and follows developments through the peak of the boom to the beginning of the bust.

Murphy had this to say about the film:

From a “tiny play” for Fishamble Theatre Company, to Fishamble’s national tour of the play Guaranteed!, to now filming The Guarantee… It’s been an exhilarating, but demanding journey with this story. I wanted to use the stage and screen to open up debate about Irish politics to a wider audience.

Wildcard Distribution will bring the feature to Irish cinemas this autumn with a broadcast on TV3 scheduled for November. This is the first cinematic feature film to be shot in TV3’s Sony HD Studio so hopefully there will be a Vincent Brown cameo!