The Shore

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The Shore is the inspiring story of two boyhood best friends - Joe (Ciarán Hinds) and Paddy (Conleth Hill) - divided by 25 years of misunderstanding. Their world and their friendship is shattered by the conflict escalating in Northern Ireland, the two boys' lives take very different paths until, 25 years later, Joe returns for the first time to his homeland with his 24-year-old daughter, Patricia. In his absence Paddy, his best friend, has married Joe’s former fiancée Mary. What happened all those years ago? Can old wounds be healed? The answer is in equal parts hilarious and moving.

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Terry George

Terry George

Director's Statement

The story of The Shore is loosely based on an incident related by one of my relatives who lives on the County Down coast. I saw, within this story, the chance to capture not just the stunning beauty of the coastline but also the remarkable humor and resilience of its people. The story also uniquely captures the atmosphere of rebirth and reconciliation that is at the heart of the new Northern Ireland.

I’ve spent some two decades in the entertainment industry and have worked from Bangkok to Beverly Hills. The Shore offers me the opportunity to make a film for the first time in my homeland – literally on my doorstep, as my family home overlooks the bay where The Shore is set. I can think of no better project to bring me back home to work.