Last week I attended a screening of the new Netflix Original Movie The Siege Of Jadotville. As most of you know by now I am a member of the Irish Netflix Stream Team which means that I keep you guys in the loop about what I’m watching on Netflix and what is coming your way. Occasionally that also involves invites to lovely events such as this one. I even got to bring Mr Love Of Living and we made a date night out of it. He looked very handsome in his suit if I do say so myself. Can you believe it’s been almost five months since he proposed? Time flies.
We arrived at The Savoy Cinema that evening and we were really looking forward to the screening. I had read bits and pieces about the movie which is based on a true story of incredible bravery from Irish troops as part of the UN Battalion. I knew it would be right up Peter’s street and I had heard rumors that some of the actual troops and veterans would be present at the screening. I had a feeling it was going to be an emotional affair.
I was delighted to run in to Kellie from My Little Babog who has become a good friend of mine. Her blog is gorgeous.
Did I mention that Jamie Dornan plays commander Patrick Quinlan? Mr Quinlan was the commander of the 150 Irish UN battalion and he depicts the strong character perfectly. I’ll admit that I was squealing when he entered the building. It is important to appreciate a work of art, right? He is a very good looking man and I couldn’t help but remember that other film that he is in that will remain nameless (but that’s sequel comes out on Valentines Day next year…. Heya Mr Grey).
We posed for a selfie together. By selfie together I of course mean that I stood awkwardly with my camera in the air to capture both of our faces in the one frame.
Back to the movie. It was remarkable. I am normally not one for “war films”. I don’t like anything too violent or bloody but I really really enjoyed this. The premise of the story is about relationships and I am all over that stuff. The sense of friendship and support among the troops was just beautiful.
The movie is based on a true story. It depicts the 1961 siege of a 150 strong Irish UN battalion by 3,000 Congolese troops led by French and Belgian mercenaries working for mining companies. Guillaume Canet plays the role of French commander who sought to defeat Quinlan and his men. It is a story that needs to be told and in the words of Jamie Dornan – “if me being part of this movie helps the story reach more people then I think I have done a good job”.
The rumors were true and the audience was dotted with some of the surviving veterans of The Siege Of Jadotville. I won’t ruin the story for you but these men never quite got the recognition that they deserved. They were completely outnumbered and not one Irish troop died. It is a story of incredible bravery and you will feel intensely patriotic after watching it.
We stayed for a Q&A after the screening. It was amazing to hear the director, Jamie Dornan, the script writer and the producer talk so passionately about the project. I highly highly recommend giving this a watch. It hits Netflix on 7th October 2016. It is a story that needed to be told and Netflix have told it beautifully.