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Some Mother's Son Details


A 1981 hunger strike in a Belfast prison is the historical inspiration for the drama Some Mother's Son, which attempts to focus on the personal dimensions of the event through its portrayal of the families of the striking prisoners. Directed by Terry George, co-author of Terry George, the film is anchored by Helen Mirren's performance as Kathleen Quigley, an educated, thoughtful schoolteacher who feels the Irish-English conflict is remote from her life until her son is arrested for his involvement with the Irish Republican Army. Yet while she supports her son and works to save his life, Kathleen nevertheless maintains her disdain for violence. This is in great contrast to Annie Higgins, the mother of Gerard's collaborator, who wholeheartedly embraces the IRA's mission. Despite their differing philosophies, the women form an uneasy bond over the suffering of their imprisoned sons. Kathleen finds herself increasingly politicized but finds herself facing a moral dilemma when the prisoners begin a hunger strike. As Gerard's next of kin, it is her right to agree to intravenous feeding should her son enter a coma; however, many people, including Annie, would see such as an act as betrayal of the strike, leaving Kathleen with a choice between saving her son's life and respecting his cause. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi


Helen Mirren
as Kathleen Quigley
Fionnula Flanagan
as Annie Higgis
Aidan Gillen
as Gerard Quigley
David Patrick O'Hara
as Frank Higgins
John Lynch
as Bobby Sands
Tim Woodward
as Harrington
Gerard McSorley
as Father Daly
Ciarán Hinds
as Danny Boyle
Robert Taylor
as Election Agent
Geraldine O'Rawe
as Alice Quigley


Terry George
Jim Sheridan
Arthur Lappin
Jim Sheridan
Terry George
Geoffrey Simpson
Bill Whelan
Composer (Music Score)
Bill Whelan
Craig McKay
David Wilson
Production Designer
Connor Devlin
Art Director
Helen Mirren
Associate Producer
Joan Bergin
Costume Designer
Brian Simmons
Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Murray
First Assistant Director
Nuala Moiselle