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Reviews from the Premiere of Jadotville

Jadotville premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh this weekend, ahead of its Netflix release later this year. Based on the book by Declan Power, and starring ’50 Shades’ actor Jamie Dornan, the film tells the story of the 1961 Irish ‘A’ Company who fought during the Siege at Jadotville. Veterans from the siege gathered on Saturday for the premiere.

Jadotville Veterans

Veterans of Jadotville gather for the premiere

Early reviews and responses have all been remarkably positive, leading to greater anticipation for the film’s arrival to the streaming service. Judging from the audience at the Galway Film Fleadh, October cannot come quickly enough.

The film follows the story of Pat Quinlan, the Commandant of the ‘A’ Company at the Siege at Jadotville. It was only fitting, then, that the granddaughter of Quinlan was present to see the film, and to give her verdict on his portrayal by Dornan on the big screen.

In the end, the film received a standing ovation from the audience. The siege was described by the book’s author Declan Power as ‘Ireland’s forgotten battle’. It was clear to see from this reaction that, 55 years later, Irish audiences are ready to hear the full story.

Since the premiere, it’s been announced that the heroes of Jadotville will be awarded a unit citation. The ceremony will take place in September 2016, before the scheduled release of the film on Netflix.

Maverick House is very proud to have been part of the effort to ensure their heroism was recognised. The film remained faithful to Declan Power’s book on the now famous battle. We look forward to hearing what everyone thinks when the film is released for the general public.

Posted by John on 12th July 2016