The cinema-going population has pretty much travelled all around the world with Liam Neeson, often under rather dire circumstances (both fictional and historic). We’ve headed to Paris and Istanbul through the first two Taken films. We’ve journeyed up the perilous mountains of Bhutan in Batman Begins. We’ve survived the remote + unforgiving conditions of Alaska in The Grey. Hell, we’ve even restored an Italian villa with our estranged son in Made In Italy (not exactly an A-list Neeson flick, I know). This time around, however, the grizzled action star invites us to his home country in MacGillivray Freeman’s breathtaking IMAX documentary: Ireland.
“There is a movement in Ireland to reconnect with our heritage, to rediscover what it means to be Irish, and I am delighted to help bring the joy and diversity of all that Ireland has to offer – both the old and the new – to IMAX and giant-screen audiences worldwide,” Liam Neeson tells the Belfast Telegraph.
“As viewers experience Ireland’s great beauty and humanity on the world’s largest screens, they will fall in love all over again.”
“As one of Ireland’s greatest storytellers, Liam Neeson’s prodigious talent and luminous voice lend a richness to our story that intertwines Ireland’s ancient past with its vibrant future,” says director Greg MacGillivray.
“Ireland has long captivated the world’s imagination with its rich history and picturesque landscapes, and with this film, we hope to share with audiences, including the 70 million people of Irish descent living around the world – all the wonder and cultural diversity that makes the island of Ireland such a unique and special place.”
According to Deadline, the large-format documentary – the fourth ever produced by Freeman – follows Irish writer Manchán Magan and violinist Patricia Treacey on a cross-country adventure across the island, exploring its rich history, culture, and stunning landscapes. Magan and Treacey are joined by four Irish teenagers, who hope to gain a greater insight into their shared Irish heritage. Specific locations featured range from the more obvious hotspots of Dublin and Belfast, to Kilkenny, Cong, the Cliffs of Moher, the Giant’s Causeway, as well as the Skellig Islands.
Ireland directed by MacGillivray Freeman & narrated by Liam Neeson hits international IMAX theatres (Ireland, US, Canada) from February 11th of 2022 – check out the first documentary trailer above.