Sunday 21 October 2018

'The Guarantee' - first trailer for film about the infamous night of the bank guarantee released

The Guarantee trailer has just been released
The Guarantee trailer has just been released
Peter Coonan as David Drumm in TV3's 'The Guarantee'
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

The first trailer for 'The Guarantee' has just been released, featuring Love/Hate's Peter Coonan as David Drumm, former chief executive of Anglo Irish Bank.

'The Guarantee' covers the events of the fateful night of the bank guarantee, when the Irish government decided to guarantee the entire domestic banking system.

The decision, which was taken by a handful of men in a room in the middle of the night, had consequences which will echo well into our future - in another 30 years or so it will have cost over €60 billion – the most expensive bank rescue in history.

The film kicks off four years before that night and charts the peak of the boom and the beginning of the bust.

All the key figures of the time, including then Taoiseach Brian Cowen, the late Finance Minister Brian Lenihan (David Murray), Central Bank officials and civil servants feature in the film which also stars Orla Fitzgerald, Morgan C. Jones, and Gary Lydon.

Speaking to the Sunday Independent last week director Ian Power said, "The characters are tragically heroic in their own way. They are in a desperate situation because of their own actions and also events outside their control.

"We did not embellish or tabloidise the story. We told it as straight as we can. We didn't have to mess with it. Every element of the story is so controversial. The power of truth has enough impact."

Based on Colin Murphy's stage play Guaranteed! the movie is produced by John Kelleher Media in association with the BAI, the Irish Film Board and TV3.

The Guarantee hits Irish cinemas on October 30.

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