Lost Lives is a major cinematic film inspired by the book of the same name. A book that, uniquely, records the circumstances of every man, woman and child who died in a conflict - the Northern Irish 'Troubles.' There are over 3700 entries in the book. Over 3700 lost lives. Featuring an elegiac combination of high-end cinematography, a full orchestral score and readings from the book by an ensemble cast of leading Irish actors, the film is a requiem. A reminder that war is hell.
The "moving image", as in not the still photographs, in the end titles acknowledges using archive material sourced from the UK's BBC, the Republic of Ireland's RTE, and perhaps surprisingly "Freemantle" (sic). Actually Fremantle was historically originally created from the former UK television channel ITV franchise holder, for the London region, Thames Television. Thames were a major production company then, for the local region, and a major supplier of varied programming for the entire ITV network, including many news and current affairs documentaries, some of which were covering Northern Ireland, often from a more British "mainland" perspective, as they also were the region that covered the British Parliament. See more »
It has been over 20 years since the Good Friday Agreement was signed. I doubt the impact of the Troubles will ever disappear from my psyche.
I was born after it started but Northern Ireland was on the news each day as I was growing up. Luck determined that I only skirted around the atrocities. A wrong turn and a traffic jam meant that one afternoon I did not end up in a place where an IRA bomb went off.
Lost Lives is a documentary from Michael Hewitt and Dermot Lavery. It is based on a book written over seven years. A monument to the dead, an obituary of 3700 lives taken during the Troubles in Northern Ireland.
Narrated by various Irish actors. It is accompanied by scenes of archive news footage as well scenes of the Irish landscape.
The first story is of 9 year old Patrick Rooney killed by a stray bullet by a RUC patrol during riots in 1969. The harrowing stories are those of children. A baby who died from a bullet, a boy blown up by a landmine. One schoolboy was brutally abducted and shot dead, he was neither Catholic or Protestant. He was Jewish who had relatives that perished in Hitler's concentration camps. Two young men were killed for going out with Catholic girls. No one is sure who was responsible for their deaths.
Lost Lives is not an easy watch even though it only highlights just 18 of the lives taken. At times the footage of the natural world was incongruous, the final scene of a woman giving birth sat uneasily with me.
The end credits lists the name of all the people who died during the Troubles. They go past the years after The Good Friday Agreement.
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