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Loughinisland film's US premiere is pulled due to legal concerns

By Staff Reporter

Legal issues have forced a documentary about the 1994 Loughinisland massacre to be pulled from a scheduled screening at a prestigious international film festival.

No Stone Unturned, made by Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney for Northern Ireland based Fine Point Films, was to have had its world premiere at New York's Tribeca Film Festival next week.

Described as a "non-fiction murder mystery", the promotional material for the film sets the scene: "In 1994, six men were gunned down and five wounded in a pub while watching a World Cup soccer match in Loughinisland, Northern Ireland.

"With a police investigation that was perfunctory at best, the case remained unsolved.

"In this non-fiction murder mystery, Academy Award-winning documentarian Alex Gibney reopens the original case to investigate why no culprit was ever brought to justice."

Producer Trevor Birney of Fine Point Films told the Deadline Hollywood website: "We are bitterly disappointed that as a result of ongoing legal issues relating to the subject matter of the film, No Stone Unturned is not yet ready to be screened at Tribeca 2017.

"No one will feel this disappointment more than the families at the centre of the film, whose quest for justice has been both inspiring and unstinting these last 23 years.

"It is our deepest hope that these sensitive issues can be resolved as soon as possible so that we can share this important film with the world."

The festival organisers said they regretted the film had to be withdrawn.

They commmented: "We are very disappointed that audiences will not be able to see the film at Tribeca and we know Alex is equally disappointed that his film will not have its world premiere at the Festival."

Fine Point Films could not be reached last night for comment.

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