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A depiction of a series of violent killings in Northern Ireland with no clue as to exactly who is responsible. | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Alan Clarke 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bernard MacLaverty 

Produced by
Danny Boyle .... producer
Cinematography by
Philip Dawson 
John Ward 
Film Editing by
Don O'Donovan 
Costume Design by
Maggie Donnelly 
Makeup Department
Kathy Carruth .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jennifer McAufield .... production manager
Art Department
John Jenkins .... scenic supervisor
John McCready .... properties buyer
Sound Department
Bryan Elliott .... boom operator
Ken Hains .... dubbing mixer
Peter Lindsay .... sound
Visual Effects by
Peter Wragg .... visual effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Allister Maxwell .... gaffer
Other crew
Ken Bond .... armorer
Paul Clarke .... design
Mark Huffam .... assistant floor manager
Kevin Jackson .... location manager
Stephen Killen .... assistant floor manager
Christine Sufferin .... production assistant

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39 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Director Alan Clarke's final film.See more »
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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
The best film about Ireland's sectarian violence, 6 September 2008
Author: insomnia from Australia

Director Alan Clarke knew instinctively that to make a film about the sectarian violence in Northern Ireland, could be politically suicidal. The violence was still going on when this film was made in 1989, after all. This is why "Elephant", in my opinion, was a stroke of genius. It doesn't get bogged down trying to walk the fine line of being neutral on such an explosive issue and appearing downright biased. No film about Ireland's "Troubles" will satisfy both Protestant and Catholic. The seeds of this catastrophe began when the British government decided to partition Ireland Ireland in 1921. Though the population of Northern Ireland was both Catholic and Protestant, the Catholics were in the minority, and were outrageously discriminated against by a political machine that was heavily Protestant. That's not to say that the Catholic population were not also responsible for incidents of provocation. Violence erupted on the twin anniversary of the Battle of The Somme and The Easter Uprising: the government's response was to bring in troops from Britain to control the violence. Then, in 1972, a British Parachute regiment killed thirteen demonstrators during a civil rights march, forever after known as "Bloody Sunday." From then on, the frequency of the confrontations between Catholic and Protestant, escalated and grew in intensity - in one year alone, over 500 men, women, and children were killed due to what was basically "Religious", as it was about self-rule. In thirty years, an estimated 3523 people lost their lives. Alan Clarke's answer in making a film about the "Troubles", is "Elephant." It is not the definitive film about Northern Ireland, but it is a brave, and I think successful, attempt, that Alan Clarke should be praised rather than denigrated. They say an elephant never forgets. Once seen, you'll never forget this film. It's interesting that Gus Van Sant used the same title for his film about the random act of violence at Columbine High School. Incidentally, eighteen years after his death, a boxed set of the films Alan Clarke is best known for, includes "Scum" (both the TV and theatrical release), "The Firm", "Made In Britain", and "Elephant", is finally available.

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