Shadow Dancer (film)

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Shadow Dancer
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Film poster
Directed by James Marsh
Produced by Chris Coen
Ed Guiney
Andrew Lowe
Written by Tom Bradby
Starring Clive Owen
Andrea Riseborough
Gillian Anderson
Music by Dickon Hinchliffe
Cinematography Rob Hardy
Edited by Jinx Godfrey
Irish Film Board
BBC Films
Element Pictures
Unanimous Pictures
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • 24 January 2012 (2012-01-24) (Sundance)
  • 24 August 2012 (2012-08-24) (United Kingdom)
Running time
101 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office $2.2 million[1]

Shadow Dancer is a 2012 British-Irish drama film directed by James Marsh and based on the novel of the same name by Tom Bradby who also wrote the film's script. The film premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival[2] and was screened out of competition at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival in February 2012.[3]


In 1993 Belfast, Colette lives with her mother and brothers, all members of the IRA. In the opening scene, set twenty years earlier, the Troubles results in the death of her younger brother when they are children. This presumably motivates her in later life. After a failed attack in London, Colette is arrested and offered a choice: either she spends 25 years in jail, thus losing everything she loves including her young son, or she becomes an informant for MI5, spying on her own family. Colette agrees to do so. An MI5 officer, Mac, is assigned as her handler. In return Mac offers a new identity to her after a period working for the MI-5. Soon Mac learns that his superior Kate Fletcher is using Colette to protect her mole inside the Irish organization. Mac tries to find the identity of the informer and protect Colette.



The film currently holds a "Fresh" rating of 82%, based on 69 reviews, at Rotten Tomatoes.[4] British film magazine Empire giving it a score of 4 out of 5 stars, calling it "an intelligent and emotionally charged spy drama".[5] The Guardian called it "a slow-burning but brilliant thriller about an IRA sympathiser forced to become an informant by MI5".[6]


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  2. Wise, Damon (2012-01-25). "Sundance 2012: Shadow Dancer – review". London. Retrieved 2012-08-28.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  5. "Empire's Shadow Dancer Movie Review". Empire. 2006-12-05. Retrieved 2012-08-08.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Wise, Damon (25 January 2012). "Sundance 2012: Shadow Dancer – review". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 23 August 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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