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  • Production
  • 15
  • Thriller
  • 2014
  • 97 mins




Jack O’Connell plays a young British soldier who is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971, where he must then attempt to survive the night in Yann Demange’s debut feature.


New recruit Private Gary Hook (Jack O'Connell) is unexpectedly deployed to Belfast during The Troubles in 1971. Shortly after arriving his platoon are supporting a routine house search operation which escalates into a terrifying street riot, and during the chaos Hook is accidentally left behind. Unable to tell friend from foe, the raw recruit must survive the night alone and find his way to safety through a disorientating, alien and deadly landscape. '71 is directed by Yann Demange, who most recently helmed the acclaimed TV drama Top Boy, written by Gregory Burke, and is produced by Robin Gutch for Warp Films and Angus Lamont for Crab Apple Films.

Press Reactions

Andrew Pulver, The Guardian

“The Northern Ireland Troubles emerge as a phantasmagoric nightmare in this harrowing, powerful study of a single violent night in Belfast”

“It's a film that holds you in a vice-like grip throughout.”

Guy Lodge, Variety

“The Troubles have rarely been more troubling onscreen than they are in ’71, a vivid, shivery survival thriller that turns the red-brick residential streets of Belfast into a war zone of unconscionable peril. “

Leslie Felperin, Hollywood Reporter

“This outstanding, muscular feature debut for Yann Demange almost never puts a foot wrong, from the softly underplayed performances to the splendidly speckled cinematography and fine-grained period detailing.

“One of the strongest British films of the year.”

Mark Adams, Screen

"A tense and exciting action-drama… the impressively mounted ’71 is a remarkably assured feature debut for Yann Demange."

“A great calling card for the talents of director Yann Demange, who has crafted a film that deftly juggles dramatic sensibilities with well-staged moments of full-on action.”

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Richard Dormer, Sean Harris, Paul Anderson, Jack O'Connell
  • Director: Yann Demange
  • Screen Writer: Gregory Burke

The bottom line

’71 was developed by Film4 with the assistance of the Northern Ireland Screen Commission. The film is financed by Film4, the BFI, Creative Scotland and Screen Yorkshire and premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in February 2014. It is available on DVD and Blu-ray now.

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