Bobby Sands 66 Days most successful Northern Irish film in recent years

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Friday, September 2nd, 2016
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Brendan J. Byrne’s critically acclaimed documentary Bobby Sands 66 Days has become one of the biggest Northern Irish films ever at the Northern Ireland Box Office, surpassing recent hits Steve McQueen’s Hunger which starred Michael Fassbender and the Terri Hooley bio-pic Good Vibrations. Bobby-Sands-66-Days-webWhile Hunger took £109k and Good Vibrations took £103k in total at the Northern Ireland Box Office, Bobby Sands 66 Days, which is heading into its fourth week of release, has taken £110k so far. This figure is set to grow even more as the film continues to draw audiences with sold out screenings and new cinema openings including the Odyssey in Belfast. Speaking about this milestone, director Brendan J. Byrne said, “This is simply fantastic news. This film has been dear to my heart and thus far, is certainly the pinnacle of my documentary making career. “I knew it was very important subject matter and we hoped that it would attract audiences north and south. The sheer box office success of 66 Days, added to our critical acclaim, has been a little unexpected but very welcome for everyone on the production team.
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September 2016“It just proves that people do love a good documentary and now that the box office for 66 Days has even surpassed two fiction films – both of which I admire hugely (Hunger and Good Vibrations), I hope we’ll see more documentaries in our local cinemas. He added, “Bobby Sands: 66 Days is just the first of a number of exciting feature documentaries from Fine Point Films due to premiere at major international film festivals in the next 12 months.”
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