Archive of films Peacefire / Peacefire

Ireland / United Kingdom
2008, 87 min

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
Year: 2008

When his father falls victim to the conflict in Northern Ireland, young Colin’s mother tries to save him from a similar fate. Nothing good comes of too much isolation though. Will the young man be forced to choose between his own interests and his duty to his family? A raw drama that debuting director Macdara Vallely based on his own stage play.


Although an inconspicuous residential area of a Northern Irish town is a seemingly dull place to live, the conflict between the Irish Republican Army and British loyalists make it a specific environment formed by its own rules and the constant presence of danger. Colin, whose father was killed in the Troubles, knocks around with a gang that gets its kicks off stealing cars and reckless night-time joyrides. When he gets arrested and is given an offer of collaborating with the police instead of going to jail, the problems can only get worse. It’s simply a question of time before the adolescent youngster, who moreover is tormented by a sense of betraying his dead father, is discovered by the local IRA as an informer. The film is firmly anchored in a unique environment but at the same time has an emotional impact that is universal. The fatalistic undertone, authentic dialogues, the cool-headed direction that allows the scenes to resonate with the audience, as well as the typology of characters demoralised by their social situation, calls to mind the dramas of British director Mike Leigh.

About the director

Macdara Vallely (b. Craigavon, Northern Ireland, UK) graduated in theatre studies and the Irish language from the University of Ulster. In 2003 he made his first short film, The Love Bite, which went on to receive international billing. In 2005 he came out with his second short, Fíorghael. Outside of Ireland, the director’s theatre plays Voice of the Sea and Peacefire were also staged in New York. Vallely has also devoted himself to community work with young people and was the creator of a children’s theatre adaptation of The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde, which was seen by more than 15,000 children in New York. Peacefire is his screenwriting and directorial debut.


mayFLY entertainment
1 Grantham Gardens, BT61 3DU, Armagh
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 283 752 3872

About the film

Color, 35 mm
World premiere

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
Director: Macdara Vallely
Screenplay: Macdara Vallely podle stejnojmenné divadelní hry / based on his play of the same name
Dir. of Photography: Núria Roldos
Music: Brendan Dolan
Editor: Macdara Vallely
Producer: Chris Martin, Sarah Perry
Production: mayFLY entertainment
Cast: John Travers, Gerry Doherty, Pauline Goldsmith, Gerard Jordan
Contact: mayFLY entertainment


Macdara Vallely

Film Director, Film Director, Film Director

Chris Martin


John Travers



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