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Northern Ireland stars gather in London for premiere of film inspired by Lost Lives Troubles book

Dermot Lavery and Michael Hewitt of Doubleband, the filmmakers behind Lost Lives, with actors Bronagh Waugh, Ciaran Hinds, Judith Roddy and Stephen Rea
Dermot Lavery and Michael Hewitt of Doubleband, the filmmakers behind Lost Lives, with actors Bronagh Waugh, Ciaran Hinds, Judith Roddy and Stephen Rea

By Staff Reporter

Stars of stage and screen gathered in London last night for the premiere of Lost Lives - the film inspired by the book of the same name which documents the deaths of all 3,700 people killed during the 30-year conflict in Northern Ireland.

First published in 1999, Lost Lives was compiled by five journalists who covered the Troubles - David McKittrick, Chris Thornton, Brian Feeney, David McVea and the late Seamus Kelters.

The film, which premiered at the London Film Festival, is woven together from the stories of 18 lives, to represent the thousands killed in the Troubles who are memorialised in the book.

Northern Irish stars Liam Neeson, Sir Kenneth Branagh, Bronagh Gallagher, James Nesbitt, Adrian Dunbar, Ciaran Hinds and Bronagh Waugh are among the actors who have lent their voices to the project.

Each narrates one of the accounts in the film, which has been made by co-directors and producers Michael Hewitt and Dermot Lavery, of Doubleband Films in Belfast.

Michael Hewitt said he considered the film an extension of the Lost Lives book, which was last printed over a decade ago.

"The book stands as a testament to the terrible loss that took place here over the 30 years and the loss that continues to ripple out amongst families," he said.

"So what the book does one way, the film has to try to do it in a slightly different way."

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