New film recreates fateful night of bank guarantee

A new film which recreates the events leading up to the fateful night of September 29, 2008, when the Irish government guaranteed the entire domestic banking system and unwittingly started one of the most expensive bank rescues in history, is to be screened as part of a special live event at Mayo Movie World in Castlebar on Thursday evening.

In a first for Irish cinemas, Mayo Movie World is one of 18 cinemas nationwide where the screening of The Guarantee will be followed by a live panel discussion hosted by Today FM’s Matt Cooper.

Panel members include the film’s director Ian Power, writer Colin Murphy, Irish Times journalist Una Mullally, and former politician and broadcaster Ivan Yates.

Audiences will be able to interact with the panel and pose questions via a live Twitter feed.

The Guarantee stars Love/Hate’s Peter Coonan as former Anglo Irish chief David Drumm, David Murray as former finance minister Brian Lenihan and Gary Lydon as the beleagured Taoiseach Brian Cowen.

This is the first time the story has been told on the big screen. It charts the origins of that pivotal decision, going back in time four years before the night of the guarantee, from the peak of the boom, all the way to the beginning of the bust.

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