Bloody Sunday is a 2002 film directed by Paul Greengrass about the Derry Massacre in Northern Ireland. Initially a made-for-TV movie, it was released theatrically to critical acclaim.
On January 30, 1972, Catholic civil rights activists organized a peaceful march in Derry to protest their community's treatment by the local Protestant-dominated government and the British military forces. However, a brutal crackdown using live ammunition resulted in 13 dead. The film, in Mockumentary fashion, follows march organizer Ivan Cooper (played by James Nesbitt), a platoon of British paratroopers, and various participants, from morning till night, as the day's events unfold and go horribly wrong.
Contains examples of:
- Historical Domain Character: Ivan Cooper, the Protestant organizer of the march, as well as other protagonists. In fact, many of the marchers in the film actually took part in the original 1972 march.
- Title Drop: A local cinema advertises Sunday Bloody Sunday (a real British film in theatres at the time) as Ivan Cooper walks past.