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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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The elephant that never forgets, 4 December 2013
Author: Prismark10 from United Kingdom

The Troubles in Northern Ireland inspired a lot films and dramas. Some more controversial than others.

Alan Clarke's Elephant was totally left field. When the BBC broadcast it, they were inundated with complaints on television programmes such as 'Points of View.'

Never before we had a television drama, almost wordless where one person shoots another person, a few minutes later someone else shoots another and so on and so on. Be they working in a petrol station, in a swimming pool, playing football, eating in a restaurant, at home or walking in the park, someone blasts them.

These horrific random acts of violence in due course desensitizes us, maybe even leave us bored and confused as without dialogue we are unsure as to what is happening and just seeing people walking about until they take a gun out and shoot somebody.

Alan Clarke was an early adopter of the Steadicam which means we follow the various people out and about as the camera operator is alongside them.

This was one of Clarke's last works who died a year later. Seeing Elephant again many years later, when the film is almost 25 years old, you get struck that this is a period piece with the now old model cars and that Northern Ireland has moved on since the peace process.

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