Sunday 11 December 2016

Jamie Dornan's latest film wins standing ovation at Galway Film Fleadh

Published 11/07/2016 | 15:10

The Siege of Jadotville, Galway Film Fleadh
The Siege of Jadotville, Galway Film Fleadh

Jamie Dornan's latest film Jadotville won a standing ovation at the Galway Film Fleadh.

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Jadotville had its world premiere at Galway Town Hall theatre on Saturday night and was well-received by audience members.

The war drama follows the story of the 150 Irish soldiers, who in 1961 fought off 3,000 Congolese rebels and mercenaries backed by artillery and fighter jets.

Fifty Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan, (34), who is from Holywood, Co Down, plays the lead role of Cmdt Pat Quinlan, who led his men through the siege, emerging with only four wounded - compared with 300 dead and 700 wounded on the other side.

Jamie Dornan as Pat Quinlan in Jadotville
Jamie Dornan as Pat Quinlan in Jadotville

"This is the first official viewing of the film," said a Fleadh spokesperson ahead of Saturday night's screening. "The demand for tickets was phenomenal and we could've sold out the venue three times over.

"Unfortunately, Jamie Dornan isn't available to attend the screening, but that hasn't stopped the phone from ringing constantly with inquiries for tickets that are long sold out."

The film is scheduled for release through Netflix later this year.

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