Preview by: Jack Foley
AN EMOTIVE film about British Muslim bombers in London will be
shown at the Montreal World Film Festival, it has been confirmed.
Red Mercury, directed by Roy Battersby, follows the fortunes
of three British-born Muslim fanatics who hold a restaurant to
siege with a bomb.
It will receive its world premiere at the film festival on August
27 (2005) and is sure to be controversial in the wake of the real-life
terror attacks on London, which left 56 people dead.
The film was written by Farrukh Dhondy and seeks to examine why
young second-generation Muslim men might be driven committing
acts of extremism.
The three men at the centre of the film are prepared to die for
their cause and becomes involved in a tense battle of wills between
themselves, their hostages and MI5 negotiators.
The film stars Pete Postlewaite,
Ron Silver, Juliet Stevenson, Stockard Channing and Navin Chowdhry.
It is scheduled for a release in UK cinemas later this year.
Montreal has decided to go ahead with the screening in spite
of recent events and even though another film about two suicide
bombers was pulled from the Cambridge Film Festival because of
the July 7 attacks.
But the film's distributor, Inspired Movies, is full of praise
for the film and the sensitive way in which it deals with its
Its website states: Like Dog Day Afternoon, Red Mercury explores
the shifting dynamics of the relationship between the three young
Muslims, as well as those between the restaurant customers - who
include Stockard Channing and Ron Silver from hit TV series, The
West Wing - and between the terrorists and the diners.
"The film follows the relationships that form between the
three boys and their hostages, as well the intelligence operation
taking place outside."