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Crime Documentary & Drama Irish Film Institute February 2020!

Article by Louise Phillips © 28 January 2020.
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The Irish Film Institute will be screening true crime documentary and crime drama this coming February for interested in thrillers and true stories of legal pursuit.

See listing and dates below:

About Mr Jones

Ambitious Welsh journalist Gareth Jones (James Norton) travels to Moscow in an attempt to secure an interview with none other than Stalin himself. Hearing rumours of a government-induced famine, Jones covertly visits Ukraine where he bears witness to the atrocities of man-made starvation. Deported back to London, Jones publishes an article revealing the horrors he experienced, yet is accused of being a liar by those who have an interest in silencing him. As the death count in Ukraine mounts, Jones must fight to have his incendiary story published. Academy Award nominee Agnieszka Holland (Europa Europa, In Darkness) brings to the screen the extraordinary and powerful true story of the journalist who blew the whistle on Stalin’s genocidal famine, which killed almost 10 million people between 1932 and 1933.


This film opens at the IFI on Friday, February 7th. Tickets are available here.


About Jihad Jane

Troubled American, Colleen LaRose, immerses herself in online extremist activity, is radicalised, converts to Islam, and assumes the persona, Jihad Jane, in a bid to create a more empowered identity for herself. Her quest for meaning brings her to Europe where she connects with a cell of Waterford-based terrorists planning a fatwah on Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks as punishment for his drawings of the Prophet Muhammad as a dog. Jihad Jane was arrested in March 2010 in a US sweep on the ‘new face on terror’, pleaded guilty and served a lengthy sentence. Ciaran Cassidy’s fascinating film about a somewhat absurd terrorist cell explores the post-9/11 surge of anti-Islamic sentiment and the powerful allure of online fanaticism for impressionable and vulnerable men and women – a phenomenon which has played out dramatically on these shores in recent times.

This film opens at the IFI on Friday, February 14th. Tickets are available here.


There will be a preview screening + Q&A on Thursday, February 13th. Tickets for this special screening are available here.



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LOUISE PHILLIPS is the bestselling author of five psychological crime thrillers. Her debut novel RED RIBBONS, and her subsequent Kate Pearson novels, THE DOLL’S HOUSE, LAST KISS and THE GAME CHANGER, were each nominated for Best Irish Crime Novel of the Year. She won the award in 2013. Louise’s work has formed part of many literary anthologies, and she has won both the Jonathan Swift Award and the Irish Writers’ Centre Lonely Voice platform, along with being shortlisted for the Molly Keane Memorial Award, Bridport UK, and many others. In 2015, she was awarded a writing residency at Cill Rialaig Artist retreat and she was also a judge on the Irish panel for the EU Literary Award. In 2016, she was longlisted for the prestigious CWA Dagger in the Library Award, and her first two novels, RED RIBBONS and THE DOLL'S HOUSE, were published in the US. She has recently been awarded an Arts Bursary for Literature from the Arts Council of Ireland, and her latest novel, THE HIDING GAME was published on September 5th 2019. It was shortlisted in the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2019. Louise Phillips is the crime writing mastermind behind writing.ie's Crime Scene blog.