Director Stephen Burke
Northern California Premiere of a prison thriller inspired by the true events of the infamous 1983 prison breakout of 38 IRA prisoners from ‘the most secure prison in Europe,’ the HMP Maze, an inmate and revolutionary develops a complicated friendship with the prison warden. Or is it just a part of the plan?
Upon its release last year in the UK and Ireland, many people worried the film would glorify the prisoners and the moment in history became controversial anew.
FROM BBC NEWS: Republicans, with a sense of pride, hold it up as their Great Escape; Unionists recall how one prison officer was killed and others were so seriously injured or traumatised that their lives were effectively ruined.
With its warders backed up by armed soldiers and its distinctively-shaped ‘H’ blocks, purpose built to house Northern Ireland’s feared paramilitaries, HMP Maze became an instantly recognisable feature on the violent landscape of the Troubles.
It stood as another reminder of how things in Northern Ireland were not the same as in the rest of the UK.
Sunday February 11, 9:15 pm at Roxie Theater, Thursday February 15, 9:15 pm at Roxie Theater