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13/08/2009

Neeson Attends US 'Heaven' Screening

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Bereaved Northern Ireland actor, Liam Neeson, is back in the public eye.
It was one of his first high profile appearances since the tragic death of his wife Natasha Richardson. She was killed in a skiing accident in March.
The 57-year-old Ballymena, Co Antrim star (pictured with his late wife) attended a New York screening of the NI Troubles drama, Five Minutes of Heaven, in which he co-starred with Coleraine's Jimmy Nesbitt.
However, publicists for the film told waiting members of the press that Neeson was to be asked no personal questions.
His wife, who was 45, suffered head injuries after a fall at a ski resort in Quebec on 16 March. She died three days later.
But, during the screening the Oscar-nominated star was asked what his version of heaven would be.
He said it was being with his boys, adding that he was "kind of living it at the moment".
The couple married in 1994 and had two sons together.
The film, already shown on the BBC, is a fictionalised version of real events, telling the story of 17-year-old UVF member Alistair Little who murdered a 19-year-old Catholic, Jim Griffin, in Lurgan in 1975.
Jim's murder was witnessed by his 11-year-old brother, Joe Griffin.
Joe Griffin is played by James Nesbitt while the role of Alistair, 30 years on, is played by Liam Neeson.
The two top NI actors were also together for a screening at the Dublin International Film Festival in February.
They joined director Oliver Hirschbiegel to attend Five Minutes of Heaven's UK and Ireland premiere.
The director Oliver Hirschbiegel and scriptwriter Guy Hibbert had previously been honoured in the World Cinema Category at the Independent Film Festival, held in Utah.
See: Haunting Troubles Film To Premier In Dublin Festival
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