Out of the shadows and on the big screen

Undated Film Still Handout from Shadow Dancer. Pictured: (l-r) Connor (Domhnall Gleeson), Colette McVeigh (Andrea Riseborough) and Ma (Brid Brennan). See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Paramount Pictures UK. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.
Undated Film Still Handout from Shadow Dancer. Pictured: (l-r) Connor (Domhnall Gleeson), Colette McVeigh (Andrea Riseborough) and Ma (Brid Brennan). See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Paramount Pictures UK. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.

In the mid 1990s, journalist Tom Bradby worked as ITN’s Ireland correspondent and reported on momentous events, including the peace process and IRA ceasefire.

Soon after, he penned his first novel, Shadow Dancer, a taut thriller set against the backdrop of the brutality he had witnessed.

This suspenseful yarn, about a young woman’s betrayal of the people she holds most dear, translates elegantly from the page to the screen under Academy Award-winning director James Marsh.

Twenty-something single mother Colette McVeigh (Andrea Riseborough) has never forgiven herself for inadvertently sending her young brother to his death in 1970s Belfast.

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