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If ever a story was worthy of being told on the big screen (and to a big audience), it would have to be this one. It is the story of the Guildford Four, and in particular Gerry (and father Giuseppe) Conlon, who were wrongly imprisoned for the bombing of a pub in Guildford. It is also the story of how the basic human rights of a fair trial and of access to justice were denied by the British government, resulting in one of the most high-profile miscarriages of justice in British history.



Something of a rarity now! If Steve McQueen, the writer and director of this incredible film, was never to make another film in his life, he could at least be happy in the knowledge that he has created something truly astonishing. Taking as its central core the last six weeks of the life of IRA prisoner Bobby Sands as he embarks on the hunger strike that will lead to his death, this film pulls no punches in showing the graphic nature of life for both prison officers and prisoners within the notorious Maze prison in 1981.



Ken Loach's melodramatic attempt of using two Irish brothers who are at odds with one another to stir up drama proves to be a good formula here. This greatly adds to the watchability of a movie which gives a unique insight to the Irish Civil War. It shows the dark side of war, people's ordeal and how clash of political principles as well as rupture of human values and bonds pit brother against brother.

Lastly, visually the movie is a feast to eyes - from idyllic backdrops of Irish countryside to gloomy dankness of a prison cell, every scene is shot beautifully. For those who like docu-dramas and Ken Loach type of social realism, "Barley" is a must-see.