'Battle of the
'Battle of the Bogside' Poster
Filming of the APPRENTICE BOYS OF DERRY parade, Derry, August 2003
Crew L-R: Vinny Cunningham (Director), Billy Gallagher (Sound Recordist), John Peto (Asst Producer/ Writer)
RUC in Bogside, 12 August 1969
‘BATTLE OF THE BOGSIDE’ FOR GALWAY FILM FLEADH 2004
of the Bogside’,
a feature documentary produced by Derry-based Perfect Cousin Productions,
receives its first ever festival screening as part of the Galway Film Fleadh
this year. The film will be shown
at The Town Hall Theatre, Galway on Saturday 10th July at 5.30pm.
`BATTLE OF THE
BOGSIDE' SHORTLISTED FOR `GRIERSON 2004'
Wednesday 11th August 2004
The shortlist for the `Grierson Documentary Awards 2004' has been
announced and it includes Derry-based Perfect Cousin Productions'
film, `BATTLE OF THE BOGSIDE' in the `Best Historical' category. The
documentary, produced and directed by Vinny Cunningham and written by
John Peto, has been shown on BBC4 and BBC2 earlier this year. It is
one of eight films shortlisted in this category. Four will go on to
be nominated and the winners will be announced at the awards ceremony
in London on 8th November.
Each year, the Grierson Trust, which commemorates the pioneering
Scottish documentary maker John Grierson (1898- 1972), most famous
for DRIFTERS and NIGHT MAIL, recognises the best documentary film-
making from Britain and abroad through the Grierson Awards.
Established in 1972, Grierson continues to recognise outstanding
films that demonstrate integrity, originality and technical
excellence as well as social or cultural significance.
`Battle of the Bogside' was completed in early 2004 and looks 'behind
the barricades' at the riots that took place in Derry in August 1969,
revealing the inside stories from both sides surrounding the battle.
The film has already been screened at The Galway Film Fleadh in July
and was selected under `Best Feature Documentary'. There are further
screenings planned for Boston, San Francisco, New York and Dublin in
the coming months.
Vinny Cunningham, Producer/ Director, said:
`Naturally we are delighted at the success of the film to date. It is
a film that I have always wanted to make and it is always satisfying
to see the film getting recognition, especially up against many other
brilliant films. This shortlisting is a tribute to everyone involved
in making the documentary including all of those who contributed to a
record of such an important part of our history here.'
Notes for editors:
The film was produced for BBC4 and lottery funded through the
Northern Ireland Film and Television Commission. It was also financed
by The Irish Film Board and produced in association with Northland
Broadcast and Raw Nerve Productions.
Full details of all shortlisted films can be found on
More information from the producers of the Awards, Artichoke Ltd:
Helen Marriage: 07808 7700555
Nicky Webb: 07976 433649
More information from Perfect Cousin Productions Ltd:
Vinny Cunningham: firstname.lastname@example.org
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