I saw The Wind that Shakes the Barley on Sunday, what a tough film to watch. It is excellent though, a very realisitic depiction not only on English bigotry and barbarities (for which they are sadly famous, though not the sole practicioners of it) but also the internal turmoil within Ireland over the Treaty. None of the violence is overdone or gratuitous, so it does not come off like a slasher film. Nevertheless, it is a powerful film and one not to be missed.
On a related note, General Sir Mike Jackson in an interview with BBC Northern Ireland’s Spotlight program stated that innocent people were shot on Bloody Sunday, the 1972 British Army atrocity in Londonderry.
He is among former soldiers who gave their views to mark the end of the Army’s role in supporting the police in Northern Ireland. “I have no doubt that innocent people were shot,” Sir Mike said.