The Wind That Shakes The Barley – The turbulent period of the early 20th century Ireland when ordinary men in Ireland united to form volunteer guerrilla armies to face the ruthless “Black and Tan”, British soldiers sent from Britain to block Ireland’s bid for independence, until the declaration of a truce and the signature of the Anglo-Irish Treaty in 1921. The heroes are doctor-to be Damien O’Donovan (played by Cillian Murphy), and his elder brother Teddy (Padraic Delaney). Damien at the beginning is reluctant to join the guerrilla groups led by his brother, but is gradually convinced by the brutal behavior of the Black and Tans and the torturing and killings of many of his peers. A real idealist, he remains faithful to the cause of total independence for Ireland defended by the IRA whereas his brother, much more pragmatic, eventually enrolls with the Free Staters, preferring a practical solution with the British to a struggle for independence. The brothers’ different political views’ forces them to make a dramatic choice at the end. Shot on location in Ireland’s Cork and Kerry for seven weeks.
Director: Ken Loach Starring: Cillian Murphy, Pádraic Delaney & Liam Cunningham 127 mins/ 2006
The train station scenes were filmed in Killarney, Co.Kerry
Winner of The Palme D’Or Awards at Cannes 2006