Tonight: Harrogate Film Festival's premiere coup with gripping film set in Troubles in Northern Ireland

Tonight will see the Harrogate Odeon hosting the British premiere of a gripping new film about one of the most troubling and complex stories of The Troubles in Northern Ireland.

Thursday, 27th May 2021, 12:37 pm
Colin Wallace, who is the subject of the new film ‘The Man Who Knew Too Much’ which is showing as part of the Harrogate Film Festival at the Harrogate Odeon.
Colin Wallace, who is the subject of the new film ‘The Man Who Knew Too Much’ which is showing as part of the Harrogate Film Festival at the Harrogate Odeon.

A joint special event between Harrogate Film Society and Harrogate Film Festival, the screening of The Man Who Knew Too Much is a major coup for the whole town’s movie community.

This gripping fact-based new documentary by filmmaker Michael Oswald gives a unique insight into the curious life of Colin Wallace, a former Senior Information Officer at the Ministry of Defence who specialised in psychological warfare.

As part of his work in the violent world of Northern Ireland in the 1970s, Colin Wallace spread fake news, created a witchcraft scare, smeared politicians and attempted to divide and create conflict amongst communities, organisations and individuals.

But Wallace fell out with sections of the British intelligence community, he was framed for a murder and sentenced to ten years in prison.

Fifteen years after his conviction, the sentence was quashed on appeal in 1996 after the coroner said his initial report had been influenced by a member of the intelligence community.

The Man Who Knew Too Much, which will be screened at the Harrogate Odeon at 7.30pm tonight, Thursday, May 27 boasts exclusive interviews with the notoriously quiet and cautious Wallace, who says “people realize that the full truth hasn’t come out and although authorities think they may have been clever and believable to dodge around the issue the public have a totally different view.”

The filmmaker, himself, Michael Oswald, said: “Colin Wallace is an anti-hero, and that is what makes him and this film so fascinating.”

Tickets are available now at www.harrogatefilm.co.uk/events.

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