Directed by acclaimed filmmaker James Marsh (Man on Wire, Project Nim), Magnolia Pictures’ SHADOW DANCER stars Andrea Riseborough (W.E., upcoming Oblivion), Gillian Anderson and Clive Owen.
A conspiracy thriller set around an act of betrayal within a tight knit family, the story centers around single mother Collette McVeigh (Riseborough) -- a Republican living in Belfast with
her mother and hardliner IRA brothers.
When she is arrested for her part in an aborted IRA bomb plot in London, an MI5 officer (Owen) offers her a choice: lose everything and go to prison or return to Belfast to spy on her own family.
With her son’s life in her hands, Collette chooses to place her trust in the MI5 and return home. When her brothers’ secret operation is ambushed, suspicions of an informant are raised and Collette finds both herself and her family in grave danger.
With informants working on both sides, Collette’s psychological and personal turmoil builds.
SHADOW DANCER is directed by James Marsh. Screenplay by Tom Bradby based on his novel. Produced by Chris Coen, Andrew Lowe, Ed Guiney.
Starring Andrea Riseborough, Aidan Gillen, Domhall Gleeson, Brid Breenan, David Wilmot, Martin McCann with Gillian Anderson and Clive Owen.
Directed by JAMES MARSH
Screenplay by TOM BRADBY
Produced by CHRIS COEN
Producers ANDREW LOWE, ED GUINEY
Executive Producers JOE OPPENHEIMER, BRAHIM CHIOUA, NORMAN MERRY, VINCENT MARAVAL, TOM BRADBY, RITA DAGHER
Associate Producer KATIE GOODSON-THOMAS
Director of Photography ROB HARDY BSC
Production Designer JON HENSON
Film Editor JINX GODFREY
Casting Director NINA GOLD CSA
Music by DICKON HINCHLIFFE
Costume Designer LORNA MARIE MUGAN
Make-Up Designer LYNN JOHNSTON
Hair Designer EILEEN BUGGY
Co-Producer CAMILLE GATIN
Based on the novel by TOM BRADBY
with GILLIAN ANDERSON
and CLIVE OWEN
“NAVIGATES A PERSONAL AND POLITICAL TIGHTROPE AS BREATHTAKING AS THE REAL ONE IN DIRECTOR MARSH’S ‘MAN ON WIRE’. A thriller with a fascinating focus on women.” – Karen Durbin, Elle
“A gripping cat-and-mouse political thriller. Andrea Riseborough dazzles.” – Lisa Schwarzbaum, EW
“A steady, affecting character drama. The period comes alive in the pubs, the cars, the TV broadcasts and other details, but the movie transcends those details… Instead, it achieves a timeless feel through its evocation of slowly mounting existential dread.” – Robert Levin, The Atlantic
“Andrea Riseborough is just riveting to watch – her performance is absolutely stunning.” – Ed Douglas, Comingsoon.net
“Taut, tense, finely-crafted, and gradually accumulating, Shadow Dancer delivers. Clive Owen is excellent, and Andrea Riseborough is something of a revelation.” – Davy Rothbart, Grantland
“A BRILLIANT THRILLER. James Marsh is one of the UK’s leading auteurs.” – Damon Wise, The Guardian
“GRIPPING. Its carefully crafted suspense exerts an ever-tightening grip.” – David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
“INTELLIGENT AND TRULY SPECIAL. A crackling conspiracy thriller.” – John Lichman, The Playlist on Indiewire
“A convincing drama that generates considerable tension.” Kenneth Turan, LA Times
“An intelligently crafted crowd-pleaser.” – Michael Dunaway, Paste Magazine
“A taut, morally tangled thriller, expertly directed and paced and boasting a riveting performance from Andrea Riseborough. James Marsh does his best work to date.” – Mike Goodridge, Screen
“A tense, beautifully understated IRA thriller that confirms James Marsh as one of the smartest filmmakers working today in either fiction or nonfiction.” – Justin Chang, Variety