U certificateFive Minutes of Heaven is a Film programme that first aired in 2009 and has been classified a U certificate.

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Five Minutes of Heaven (2009)

Directed by
Oliver Hirschbiegel

James Nesbitt and Liam Neeson star in a powerful, award-winning drama that explores aspects of Northern Ireland's troubled past and the challenges the future holds in coming to terms with it.

In 1975, 17-year-old Alistair Little, a member of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) murdered a 19-year-old Catholic, Jim Griffin, in Lurgan. He was arrested two weeks later, along with three others involved in the shooting, and convicted. Jim's murder was witnessed by his 11-year-old brother, Joe Griffin.

Five Minutes Of Heaven, directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall) and written by Guy Hibbert, is fiction inspired by real people. Working closely with Alistair and Joe, screenwriter Guy Hibbert creates a unique and compelling film that moves from a powerful re-enactment of these tragic events to a fictional interpretation of what might happen should these two men ever come face to face. The film explores the impact of the legacy of violence on both men.

Five Minutes Of Heaven was the winner of two prestigious awards at this year's Sundance Film Festival - The World Cinema Directing Award for Oliver Hirschbiegel and World Cinema Screenwriting Award for Guy Hibbert.

Genre: Film

Running Time: 85 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2009

Classification: U Certificate

Filmed in Colour


Image for Liam NeesonLiam Neeson
Image for James NesbittJames Nesbitt
Kevin O'Neill
Anamaria Marinca
Mark Davison
Diarmuid Noyes