50 Years of the Troubles

Northern Ireland, 2019

Director: Brian Henry Martin; screenplay: Mark Cousins; cinematography: Mark Garrett; editing: Andy Tohill; music: Score Draw Music; producer: Ben O’Loan; production company: DoubleBand Films. Irish location: Belfast

Running time: 46’

With Mark Cousins


The film marks 50 years since sectarian riots erupted across Northern Ireland, widely seen as the beginning of the thirty-year conflict known as The Troubles. Filmmaker Mark Cousins, who left Belfast at 18 — returns to his hometown to reflect on how the city and its history have been used, and occasionally abused, by cinema. Mark presents a personal and alternative perspective on the Northern Irish ‘Troubles’ through the prism of film and reveals how his passion for cinema was ignited and fuelled by his childhood and youth in Belfast, when it offered an escape. literally and imaginatively, from the violence on the streets.


Brian Henry Martin is a documentary filmmaker working in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Born and raised under the shadow of the city’s Harland and Wolff shipyard, where his father worked, Brian has directed over twenty five documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4 including Making The Monkees (2007), Britain Goes Camping (2010) and The Other Prince William (2015). He is also Vice-Chair of the Belfast Film Festival.