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Oscar nominated actor Stephen Rea pledges support for documentary maker Seán Murray

DOCUMENTARY: Seán Murray's film Unquiet Graves: The Story of the Glenanne Gang, was broadcast on RTÉ last month.

ALMOST 80 leading figures from the world of film and academia have pledged support to the makers of a documentary about the loyalist Glenanne Gang.

Oscar nominated actor Stephen Rea is among those to pledge support to documentary maker Séan Murray and the victims' families who participated in Unquiet Graves, that investigated collusion in the murder of more than 120 civilians in counties Armagh and Tyrone in the 1970s.

Also supporting are independent filmmakers from London and New York as well as academics including Dr Anna Bryson, School of Law, QUB and Professor Bill Rolston from Ulster University.

There was criticism of RTÉ's decision to screen the film last month, with former Irish justice minister Charlie Flanagan writing to the state broadcaster to question the decision.

Mr Murray has initiated legal action against one person in relation to online comments made about him following the screening.

Oscar nominated actor Stephen Rea has signed an open letter supporting Sean Murray.

In an open letter in support of the makers of the documentary the signatories, including filmmakers from around the world, stated: "We condemn the attempts to suppress and intimidate the right of filmmakers to question state sponsored killings and stand in solidarity with Séan and his right to produce and distribute this work in order to open a debate and question the UK's record on the human rights abuses exposed in Unquiet Graves".

It comes as representatives of the Pat Finucane Centre (PFC) held a meeting with Irish government officials about ongoing investigations into the Mid Ulster killings, by former Bedfordshire chief constable Jon Boucher and the Police Ombudsman.

Anne Cadwallader of PFC said: "The officials at the meeting reiterated the government's continuing support for the Glenanne families on both sides of the border.

"They also reiterated the Irish government's position that the British government release files on attacks in the Republic to an agreed judicial figure, as unanimously supported by three votes in Dáil Éireann.

"The officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs also gave their support to the two investigations currently underway".

Ken Fero - Migrant Media

Professor Mike Wayne - Brunel University

Stephen Rea - Actor

Shaun Dey - Reel News

Steve Prescence - UWE (Bristol)

Robert Rae - Our Land Productions

Margaret Dickinson - Writer & Filmmaker

Louis Bayman - University of Southampton

Deirdre O'Neill - University of Hertfordshire

James Trafford - UCA Epsom

Dr Rachael Flynn - University of the West of Scotland

Dr William Brown- University of Roehampton

Dr. Marcus Free - University of Limerick

Pablo Alvarez - Warwick University

Emma Sandon – Birkbeck University

Rachel Broady - Liverpool John Moores University

Andrew Spicer - UWE (Bristol)

Professor David Miller - University of Bristol

Wayne O'Brien - Bournemouth University.

Dr Simon Cross, Nottingham Trent University

Professor Anandi Ramamurthy - Sheffield Hallam University

Professor Mona Baker - University of Manchester

Jonathan Wroot – University of Greenwich

Tunde Alabi-Hundeyin - University of Sussex

Elspeth Vischer - Vish Films and Queen's University

Amparo Fortuny

Mª Soliña Barreiro - Universidade de Santiago de Compostela

Terry Wragg - Leeds Animation Workshop

Tony Wood - Haringey Independent Cinema

Dr. Dave Green – UWE

Anglea Martin

Professor Michael Chanan- University of Roehampton

Marta García

Peter Kuttner – Filmmaker USA

Jamal Bahmad - Mohammed V University Rabat, Morocco

Gareth Evans - Adjunct Moving Image Curator, Whitechapel Gallery

Robert Navan – Progressive Film Club

Jonathan Wroot – University of Greenwich

Patricia Holland

David Archibald - University of Glasgow

Dr. Alexander Johnston - Seattle University

City Projects, London

Kyle Barrett – Waikato University, New Zealand

ProfessorTony Dowmun t- Goldsmiths, University of London

Sangita Basudev - Content Creator

Geoff Arbourne – Inside out Films

Dr Jill Daniels - University of East London

Violeta Bruck- Filmmaker Argentina

Irene Gutiérrez - Universidad Carlos III de Madrid / University of Antwerp

Michael Oswald - Documentary Filmmaker

Alan Brecknell – The Pat Finucane Centre

Vito Ribeiro-Filmmaker of Bombozila, Brasil

Issy Harvey - Reel News

Dr Michele Aaron - University of Warwick

Dr Jack Newsinger– Nottingham University

Professor Gabriela Almeida - ESPM São Paulo, Brazil

Helen de Witt

Iqbal Barkat - Macquarie University, Australia

Julia Lazarus - Radical Film Network Meeting Berlin

Clive Myer- Eclectic Films

Lynda Myer-Bennett- Eclectic Films

Milo Sweedler- WLU

Margo Harkin, Besom Productions

Lucy Baxter, Queen’s University

Professor Siobhan Wills, Ulster University

Professor Cahal McLaughlin, Queen’s University

Professor Kieran McEvoy, Queen’s University

Filmmaker, Sean Lovell, Sheffield

Filmmaker, King Catoy, Philippines

Professor Emeritus Phil Scraton, Queen’s University, Belfast

Dr Deena Haydon, Independent Academic Researcher

Dr Anna Bryson, School of Law, QUB

Professor Bill Rolston, Ulster University

Filmmaker, Stephen Bennet - Scotland

Filmmaker, Callum Macrae - London

Filmmaker, Seamus Scanlon - New York

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