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Colin Bateman hails 'result' as Paisley and McGuinness movie The Journey selected for Venice Film Festival

By Jonny Bell

Acclaimed Northern Ireland author and screenwriter Colin Bateman has hailed as a "result" his new movie's inclusion in its second internationally renowned film festival.

The Journey tells of the unlikely story of the friendship between the late Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness.

The fictional piece, stars Timothy Spall as the First Minister and Colm Meaney as his counterpart Martin McGuinness.

It also features the Oscar-nominated John Hurt, Toby Stephens who plays prime minister Tony Blair and Freddie Highmore.

Set before the 2006 St Andrews Agreement it tells the story of how the one-time enemies came together to herald the beginning of a new power-sharing agreement between the DUP and Sinn Fein in Northern Ireland.

The two are forced to take a short journey together in which they will take the biggest leap of faith and change the course of history.

The film has already been selected for the Toronto International Film Festival and on Thursday was confirmed as part of the line-up for the Venice Film Festival. 

Bangor born award-winning author Colin Bateman announced the news on Facebook.

He said:  "This means that the film has been selected for two of the top four film festivals in the world and against mighty competition.

"In sporting terms, 'a result'."


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