‘Dear Sarah’ - RTE’s 1990 film about Giuseppe Conlon and the Guildford Four will be screened in the Nerve Centre tomorrow night at 7.30 p.m.
Tom McGurk who wrote the film based on the letters from Giuseppe to Sarah will be present and will take part in a Q & A after the screening.
Never released on DVD this is a rare opportunity to see a powerful campaigning film and hear first hand about its impact.
Gerry Conlon’s sister Ann McKernan said of the film, “In my eyes, in my mother’s eyes, in my family’s eyes it tells the story far better that ‘In The Name Of The Father’ did.”
Starring Stella McCusker, Barry McGovern and Paddy Rocks the film is based on the letters Giuseppe wrote from prison to his wife Sarah after he was convicted in 1976 along with six members of the Maguire family of running an IRA bomb factory in North London. He received twelve years imprisonment, but died in custody in 1980.
Sarah Conlon spent many years campaigning to clear the names of her husband, and son Gerry (who had been wrongly jailed over the 1974 Guildford pub bombings). The others jailed along with Giuseppe were later released after serving their sentences, and the convictions were quashed on appeal in 1991.