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A Titanic effort to tell A different story

Saving Titanic (RTÉ One) was a silly title for a film that should have been called Saving the Titanic for Long Enough to Enable Passengers to Get Into the Lifeboats. Otherwise, though, this was an engrossing dramatisation of what the engineers, electricians and stokers achieved in the bowels of the doomed liner.

Ciaran McMenamin was arresting as the brooding Fred Barrett, who miraculously survived his below-decks ordeal, and David Wilmot was affecting as the chief engineer who perished. And working with a limited budget, director Maurice Sweeney managed to convey the terror of the situation and the heroism of these forgotten men.

A genuinely absorbing film amid all the current commemorative overkill.

Indo Review