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26/02/2003

Extraordinary hostage story to be told on film

Brian Keenan's account of his and John McCarthy's kidnapping and imprisonment in the Lebanon in the 1980s has completed filming in Northern Ireland, Glasgow and Tunisia with support from the Film Council's New Cinema Fund.
'Blind Flight', which will appear in UK cinemas later this year, is based on Keenan's book 'An Evil Cradling', a timely and provocative story of hostage taking in the Middle East of two British envoys, is a stark reminder of the current tensions that grip the region.
First-time director John Furse co-wrote the script in close collaboration with Keenan, with John McCarthy acting as Consultant. Paul Trijbits, Head of the New Cinema Fund says of the fund's £460,500 investment: "This powerful and important story of survival and belief is one that needs to be told cinematically. Its message is universal, its subject matter very much part of British culture. We are proud to be supporting such a dedicated cast and crew through this difficult journey."
'Blind Flight' is an international collaboration drawing talented crew and resources from Ireland, Scotland and England.
The film also benefited from an £29,250 development investment from the Film Council's Development Fund.
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