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by Tom Collins


The Easter Rising, 1916. Fire-brand Father Eoin O’Donnell is convinced that only violence will force Britain out of Ireland. He influences young, impressionable Antaine to fight. When events spiral out of control, Antaine accidently kills his mother while trying to escape the local police. Fr. Eoin realises that he had too much influence on the boy. He runs away to Derry, many miles away, to seek penance. In 1969, fifty years on, experienced gunman Antaine arrives in Derry and rekindles Eoin’s guilt about his influence over Antaine as a young boy. He begins to influence Fr. Eoin’s alter server Feidhlim.

international title: Penance
original title: Aithri
country: Ireland
year: 2017
genre: fiction
directed by: Tom Collins
film run: 100'
release date: UK 12/07/2017
screenplay: John Maguire, Greg O'Braonain
cast: Gerard McSorley, Peter Coonan, Emma Eliza Regan, Barry McGovern, Daniel J. Patton, Dara Devaney, Barry Barnes, Diona Doherty, Esther Jean O'Kane, Jack Glenn
cinematography by: Ciarán Tanham
film editing: Dermot Diskin
art director: Nigel Pollock, Patrick Creighton
costumes designer: Maeve Paterson
music: Pol Brennan
producer: Tom Collins, Edwina Forkin
production: Zanzibar Films, TG4
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