1st March 2025 // The Wind that Shakes the Barley

THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY (CERT. 15)
UK-IRELAND 2006 DIRECTED BY KEN LOACH
COLOUR 127 MINS
WITH: CILLIAN MURPHY, LIAM CUNNINGHAM, ORLA FITZGERALD

Two brothers serve in the IRA during the violent struggles of 1919-21 to
establish Irish independence, but vehemently oppose each other over the Anglo-
Irish Treaty of 1921 and in the subsequent civil war.

Cannes Film Festival – Palme d’Or

‘Loach at his creative and inflammatory best.’ – The Times

‘A dynamic, thought-provoking, gripping tale that, at the very least, encourages audiences to
question what has been passed down in dusty history books.’ – Daily Record

‘Immediately has you in its thrall and doesn’t let go – a reminder of how powerful and
moving cinema set in wartime can be when all the elements align.’ – San Francisco
Chronicle

‘A handsome film that delivers a powerful undertow of mythic resonance without resorting
to the cheap sentimentality of rebel songs.’ – Sight and Sound

‘Brave, gripping drama’ – Daily Telegraph