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Lost Lives

Dermot Lavery, Michael Hewitt

This poignant testament to the physical and emotional cost of war centres on the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Based on the book Lost Lives, written over seven years by five journalists, recording every single death and its circumstances since the beginning of the modern conflict. There are over 3,700 entries in the book, and this sobering and heartfelt documentary remembers many of them in a cinematic homage to victims from all sides.

"A cinematic homage to victims from all sides." 

Powerfully narrated by famous Irish and Northern Irish actors, including Kenneth Branagh, Brendan Gleeson, Roma Downey, Liam Neeson, Bríd Brennan and Stephen Rea, the film weaves archive footage with recordings of family and friends responding to the devastating news of the death of loved ones. A score performed by the Ulster Orchestra and striking cinematography complete this elegiac piece. The last entry in the book is Lyra McKee – an essential reminder that peace can be a fragile process.


Lost Lives is being screened with a recorded Q+A from the London Film Festival to mark the 50th anniversary of the start of the conflict in Northern Ireland.