A cross between Hunger and The Ides of March, Shadow Dancer is an espionage thriller that will keep you guessing. The film premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and is based on the Tom Bradby novel that explores the story of a conflicted Irish woman – Collette McVeigh. Colette is played by Andrea Riseborough, who you may recognise from her BAFTA nominated performance in Margaret Thatcher – The Long Walk to Finchley.
It all begins in Belfast 1973, where Collette’s brother is shot by the British army. Twenty years later, Collette and her brother Gerry (Aidan Gillen of Game of Thrones fame) are involved with the IRA, orchestrating attacks on British targets such as the London underground. Unable to follow through with planting a bomb, Collette is captured by MI5 officer Mac (played by Golden Globe and BAFTA award winner Clive Owen). In order to avoid being jailed and having her son sent into foster care, Collette must provide information about Gerry’s involvement with the IRA.
Director James March (Man on Wire, Project Nim) has utilised the gloomy surrounds of a forever-grey Northern Ireland to set the tone of this gripping drama. March has constructed impeccable suspense through the outstandingly realistic performance of Riseborough, matched with Owen’s captivating onscreen presence.
Shadow Dancer, an enthralling on-the-edge-of-your-seat nail-biter.
Shadow Dancer, premieres 8.30pm tonight Thursday 14 Nov as part of WM Premiere.