John Boorman’s Feature Film QUEEN AND COUNTRY
Selected for the Director’s Fortnight Sidebar at the Cannes Film Festival 2014
John Boorman’s latest film QUEEN AND COUNTRY, a sequel to his Oscar-nominated film “Hope and Glory”, produced with support from Bord Scannán ne hÉireann/the Irish Film Board has been chosen for the prestigious Directors’ Fortnight selection at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, which takes place next month from 15th-25th May.
Set in 1952, QUEEN AND COUNTRY stars Caleb Landry Jones as an 18-year-old British man who joins the National Service and meets an amoral prankster who becomes his friend. They are assigned as instructors in a training camp while others are shipped out to fight in the Korean War. The film also stars Pat Short, Sinead Cusack, Callum Turner, David Thewlis and Richard E. Grant. The film is set 10 years after “Hope and Glory” and centres on the same characters.
Commenting on the news James Hickey, Chief Executive, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/Irish Film Board (IFB) said “We are delighted for John Boorman to have his film QUEEN AND COUNTRY selected to screen at the Cannes Film Festival. Cannes is arguably the most important film festival and film market in the world and Ireland will be well represented there with two World Premieres, QUEEN AND COUNTRY in Directors Fortnight, along with JIMMY’S HALL in Official Competition.”
Boorman has had a long relationship with the Cannes Film Festival. His last film to screen at the festival was the Irish film THE GENERAL telling the story of Irish criminal Martin Cahill which picked up the award for Best Director in 1998.
Previous Irish films to have been selected for the Directors Fortnight in Cannes include Lenny Abrahamson’s GARAGE starring Pat Shortt, Ruairí Robinson’s sci-fi LAST DAYS ON MARS, ALL GOOD CHILDREN directed by Alicia Duffy and THE OTHER SIDE OF SLEEP directed by Rebecca Daly.
ABOUT QUEEN AND COUNTRY
QUEEN AND COUNTRY is produced by Merlin Films with funding from Bord Scannán na hÉireann/ the Irish Film Board and the British Film Institute. Le Pacte is handling international sales for the film.
ABOUT JIMMY’S HALL
Shot on location in Leitrim and Sligo and supported by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board, JIMMY’S HALL tells the story of Jimmy Gralton, who set up a dance hall on a rural crossroads in an Ireland on the brink of civil war. JIMMY’S HALL is a Sixteen Films, Element Pictures, Why Not Productions and Wild Bunch production made with support from the BFI, Film4 and Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board.