Derry is a “shining city” says Paul Greengrass

Critically acclaimed Hollywood film director, Paul Greengrass, visited Derry today and described it as a “shining city”.

The ‘Bourne Supremacy’ director was in Derry for the City of Culture’s Cinema City. He attended a special screening of his latest film, ‘Captain Phillips’ at the Brunswick Moviebowl and took part in an Q&A session afterwards.

Hollywood director, Paul Greengrass (Photo: Evan Hurd Photography)

Hollywood director, Paul Greengrass (Photo: Evan Hurd Photography)

Mr. Greengrass, who directed the 2002 film, ‘Bloody Sunday’, also met many of the Bloody Sunday families in Creggan in the afternoon.

“I first came to Derry 33 years ago with a current affairs programme called ‘World In Action’,” Mr. Greengrass told

“I was driving in this morning and I was quite emotional.

“You know, when you come over and you see the city in the distance and the light catches it - it looks like a shining city,” he said.

“I remember thinking, it’s been 33 years since I first came here. I was a young and very impressionable and naive young man.

“This city has taught me a lot about life over the years. I have met so many inspiring people from all parts of the city and it’s been the great privilege of my life to make movies here and about here. I am very proud and pleased to be back here.”

See tomorrow’s Derry Journal for more from ‘Captain Phillips’ director, Paul Greengrass.