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A Nightingale Falling (2014)

Set in Ireland during the War of Independence, two sisters lives are changed forever as they care for a wounded soldier. What transpires is a tragic love story of a household and its inhabitants, caught in the crucible of dark deep secrets.


Pj Curtis (original story), Garret Daly | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Tara Breathnach ... May Collingwood
Muireann Bird Muireann Bird ... Tilly Collingwood
Gerard McCarthy ... Captain Shearing
Brian Fortune ... Tom Nolan
Elliot Moriarty Elliot Moriarty ... Jackie Nolan
Andy Kellegher ... Black & Tan
Rosemary Henderson ... Mrs. Johnston
Michael James Ford Michael James Ford ... Dr.Devlin
Mark Tankersley Mark Tankersley ... Rev. Johnston
Blathnaid Ryan Blathnaid Ryan ... Jeannie Devlin
Maura Clancy Maura Clancy ... Mrs. Brady
Derek O'Sullivan Derek O'Sullivan ... Soldier 1
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Hough ... Dermot
Patrick Kelly ... Irish Volunteer


Set in Ireland during the War of Independence, two sisters' lives are changed forever as they care for a wounded soldier in their home. What transpires in this historical period drama, is a tragic love story of an Anglo-Irish household and its inhabitants, caught in the crucible of deep dark secrets. Framed against a backdrop of a turbulent war-torn Ireland in the early1920's, May Collingwood is forced to make critical and difficult decisions when she rescues a British soldier and must now protect herself and sister Tilly. They live in fear of the British Black and Tans, the rising IRA, their own entrapment, and ultimately the dark secrets of un-requited love unfolding from within. Written by Anonymous

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When love is at war.


Drama | History | War


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A very enjoyable film, the photography and score were amazing
21 September 2014 | by m_imdb-112-372934See all my reviews

I give it a 9 as it deserves a great rating. Nothing really deserves a 10. The cast were well chosen for their rolls so were all convincing, there was no musha begorra accents so the whole thing came across very real. If you are looking for drama on the big screen then this is a movie not to miss. The story has a number of twists in it but its still easy to follow. Watch out for the Directors, I don't think (hope) this will be their last feature film. I believe its won best film at two Film Festivals and had an second screening in Galway as the first one sold out. After seeing it on Thursday I can see why. This is not Spiderman but special effects are not needed when you have good solid actors such as Tara on the screen. A good story well told doesn't need special effects. Well done to all concerned.

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Release Date:

12 September 2014 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Wenn die Nachtigall fällt - Aus Liebe wird Krieg See more »

Filming Locations:

Offaly, Ireland

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Mixed Bag Media See more »
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Dolby SR


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