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Vince Vaughn's Belfast murals documentary set for Galway Film Fleadh

By Anna Maguire

Published 07/07/2012

A mural at the top of the Whiterock Road
A mural at the top of the Whiterock Road
Loyalist Jackie McDonald (left) and artist Ross Wilson at the launch of a new mural in Sandy Row that has replaced a notorious depiction of a UFF gunman
Off the wall: The UFF mural is painted over on Sandy Row in south Belfast. It will be replaced by a new mural of King William of Orange Coln Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Vince Vaughn
A Republican mural in West Belfast. 2009
The UVF in East Belfast have started to paint another controversial mural in the area of masked paramilitaries wielding guns.
The old mural didnt have any guns
UDA wall mural in the Shankill Road area.8/9/09
Wall mural Newtownards Road, Belfast, 1992
A UVF wall mural in the mount vernon area of North Belfast.8/1/09
A protestant loyalist mural in the Shankhill area of Belfast on March 14, 2009.
A Republican mural is seen on the side of a house in the Bogside are of Derry, the scene of the 'Bloody Sunday' shootings. 2005
UVF mural at Ballybeen.
Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) wall mural in north Belfast. 2007
Republican mural in West Belfast. 1998
A loyalist mural in the Shankhill area on March 14, 2009 in Belfast
A republican mural in the Ballymurphy estate in Belfast on March 14, 2009
A loyalist mural in the Shankhill area of Belfast on March 14, 2009
A republican mural off the Falls road area of Belfast on March 14, 2009
The Bobby Sands mural, in the Falls Road area of Belfast
Belfast murals. A football mural on the Albert Bridge Road in east Belfast celebrating Northern Ireland's win over England in 2005.
Belfast murals. A peace mural on the lower Newtownards Road in east Belfast.
Belfast murals. A George Best mural on the Woodstock Road in east Belfast.
Belfast murals. A mural off the Newtownards Road dedicated to 'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe' author C.S Lewis who was from the area. 2010.
Northern Ireland Football Heroes Mural
INLA wall mural
Artist Daniela Balmaverde with her mural in the Alliance Parade area of Belfast
Bernadette McAliskey as portrayed in a mural on the side of a house in the Bogside area of Londonderry
Republican mural
The new murals, designed to chart the social, cultural and industrial heritage of the lower Shankill
Free Derry Corner, which was dramatically covered by a mural on Saturday to mark the city’s annual Gasyard Feile
Writing on the wall for weapons: A woman walks past a loyalist paramilitary mural in Belfast

Actor Vince Vaughn is putting the finishing touches to a long-running documentary — and labour of love — on Belfast’s murals.

Vaughn, better known for his movies and comedy than his Irish lineage, became intrigued by the city’s murals which he first encountered on a trip with a friend.

The 42-year-old star, who has an Irish grandfather on one side of his family and an Irish grandmother on the other, said he was “blown away” by the murals emblazoned on walls across Belfast and the stories behind them.

The Wedding Crashers actor knew little about the Troubles.

It was the art that intrigued him.

So, six years ago, Vaughn began work on a documentary which saw him come to Belfast. It will finally be screened later this month.

“Once you ask the question, why did they draw this and what does it represent, you learn about something that happened on the Shankill Road 20 years ago or you learn about plastic bullets,” Vaughn told the Irish Times.

He talked his big sister Valeri Vaughn — who attended a film school in London and made an acclaimed short film — into an extended trip to Belfast. That inspired Art Of Conflict, a documentary chronicling Belfast’s murals, their meanings and their journey following the Troubles.

Much has changed since Vaughn and a team which included editor Dan Lebental, who is well known for his work on the Iron Man movies, first arrived in Belfast to film the documentary.

His interviewees included the late PUP leader David Ervine, who spoke to the film-makers shortly before his death in 2007. They also interviewed Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams, who now sits in the Dail.

Many murals across the city have also been transformed into more welcoming images which still reflect the community’s heritage and culture.

A huge Ulster Freedom Fighters mural at Sandy Row in south Belfast has been replaced by a gable-wall sized portrait of William of Orange. The move came as part of a project to give loyalist and republican communities in Belfast a new image.

Vaughn said Art Of Conflict was a long-term project. “We had so much footage and so many stories. There were so many people to track down. And you also have to structure the film in a way that explains what is happening for someone who knows nothing about this stuff.”

The Dodgeball star said the documentary has been well received. “We’ve been getting a really good response from people, so it’s great that it’s getting out there,” he said.

"It’s [Galway Film Fleadh] the perfect place for us to show it.”

Art Of Conflict will screen on Saturday, July 14, as part of the Galway Film Fleadh, which runs from Tuesday, July 10-15

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