First ’71 Trailer: Jack O’Connell Tries to Find His Way Home

     August 19, 2014


One of the best films I saw at this year’s Berlin Film Festival was ’71, which is the feature directorial debut of Yann Demange (whose credits include some high-profile and acclaimed British television series like Top Boy, Criminal Justice, Secret Diary of a Call Girl).  The film is set in Belfast in 1971 and it’s about a young British soldier (Jack O’Connell) that’s accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot.  Trapped behind enemy lines, he’s unable to tell friend from foe, and we follow as he tries to find his way home, while the locals battle for supremacy.  One of the reasons the film is so powerful is that it doesn’t portray any character or side in absolutes.  Each person we meet along the way has depth, and Demange doesn’t pull any punches when depicting the violence of the times.

With ’71 doesn’t yet have a release date in America, the film opens in the U.K. on October 10th and the first trailer has landed online.  What’s great about the ‘71 trailer is that it sells you on the story and action without ruining any of the twists and turns.  Hit the jump to check it out.

For more on ‘71 you can read my Berlin interview with Jack O’Connell here.  He talks about how he got involved in the project, how the film isn’t just an action thriller, what he knew about the conflict prior to filming, the strong visuals of the film, how he got into acting, Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, and a lot more.

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  • Pete

    Doesn’t portray any sides in absolutes? How nice of them to call it down the middle when one side is using an army on civilians. We wouldn’t want anyone being biased now, would we?

    • bidi

      i’m sure he means no absolutes from the soldiers. these guys are just grunts taking orders. they probably didn’t want to be down there on the streets any more than the civilians wanted them. entire armies or nations often get generalized as being evil or bad while they’re comprised of good men just caught up in the politics of it all. i’m sure that was his point.

  • Jamie Teller

    Wow. Jack O’Connell is definitely getting a BAFTA nom this year. If enough Academy voters see this and/or Starred Up, I bet they’ll nominate him for Unbroken.

    • Jamie Teller

      Also, more to the point, this looks really solid. I hope it gets a US release soon.

      • jay

        Starred Up was terriffic, before then i had only seen Jack O’Connell in 300 Rise of an Empire. This looks good ,and if Unbroken can live up to the hype, which i hope it does ,this guy should be on a lot of radars come award season.

  • eternalozzie

    nice to see him getting constant work … loved him since skins