Ian Power provides The Guarantee
by Naman Ramachandran
- The director of The Runway takes on a hard-hitting film about the banking crisis of 2008
Ian Power (The Runway [+see also:
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The cast includes Peter Coonan (Get Up and Go), David Murray (Davin), Orla Fitzgerald (The Wind That Shakes the Barley [+see also:
interview: Ken Loach
interview: Rebecca O’Brien
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interview: John Michael McDonagh
The film is produced by John Kelleher Media in association with TV3, the Irish Film Board and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. Wildcard Distribution will release the title in Irish cinemas this autumn, and the film will be broadcast on TV3 in November.
Power said, “The Guarantee is a story that covers the entire gamut of the human experience. That there is a hunger in Irish people to see a clear, unbiased version of this story I am in no doubt. I think they are owed that, and I think they will be surprised by the entertainment value of it – it’s a real rollercoaster ride. In the past months, I’ve watched every member of our wonderful cast and crew come on board with a sense that this job is different, that we are doing something important and special. It’s completely inspiring.”