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Battle Of The Bogside
YEAR: 2004
DIRECTOR: Vinny Cunningham    
WRITER: John Peto      
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Perfect Cousin Productions BBC4/ NIFTC/ IFB/ Nerve Centre/ Northland Broadcast   
PRODUCER: Vinny Cunningham         
CAST: James Callaghan    Martin McGuinness    Nell McCafferty    Eamonn McCann         
LOCATION: Derry, Belfast, Dublin, Donegal, London
EDITOR: Kevin Murray      
DOP: Mark McCauley      

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Best Documentary

On 12 August 1969, the disaffected Catholic and Nationalist population in the Bogside area of Derry, Northern Ireland took to the streets to confront the Royal Ulster Constabulary, in the wake of a protestant Apprentice Boys parade in the City.
The riots, which came to be known as the ‘Battle of the Bogside’, continued for almost 3 days and saw over 1,000 people injured. They were not a sudden unforeseen event as the pot had been simmering for some time before August.
The ‘Battle’ ended when, in an unprecedented step, British troops were deployed into Derry. This decision, by the British Government at Westminster, was to shape the future of Northern Ireland for over thirty years.
Through the use of previously unseen archive footage, ‘Battle of the Bogside’ takes us behind the barricades, into Stormont and Westminster, to reveal the inside stories surrounding the Battle and the political response to it. Interviews with key figures from within the Bogside, the RUC and the Northern Irish and British Governments recreate the drama as events unfold. Many of the contributors are speaking for the first time about those 3 days in August 1969.
The film also features exclusive broadcast clips of ‘RADIO FREE DERRY’, a pirate radio station established by the Bogsiders in 1969.
Contributors include: Lord James Callaghan, Martin McGuinness, Sir Kenneth Bloomfield, Bernadette McAliskey, Nell McCafferty, Eamonn McCann and many others.

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