WORLD PREMIERE:Maurice Sweeney and Executive Producer Stephen Rooke will attend the screening
In the centenary year of the sinking of the RMS Titanic on 14 April 1912, the festival is delighted to present the world premiere of producer Stephen Rooke and director Maurice Sweeney’s recreation of this most iconic of sea disasters. Based on eye-witness accounts, Saving the Titanic tells the story of the disaster from below deck, exploring the question of what happened in the engine and boiler rooms after the collision. It follows nine men from the engineering crew – among them 18-year-old electrical engineer Albert Ervine from Belfast and Chief Engineer Joseph Bell (David Wilmot) – as they work among the huge, coal-fired furnaces and massive dynamos to satisfy the ship’s demand for power. Their personal stories of bravery are slowly revealed as the men fight to hold back the sea and keep the power systems running, even when they learn that all is lost. Most of these men died but their actions saved many lives. A fascinating hybrid of documentary and dramatic reconstruction that makes use of stunning CGI effects, Saving the Titanic brings to life the last hours of the “unsinkable” ship and features a stellar ensemble including David Wilmot, CiaránMcMenamin, Owen McDonnell, Andrew Simpson and Hugh O’Conor. Unmissable. - Gráinne Humphreys, Jameson Dublin International Film Festival
"100 years after the sinking of the Titanic, Saving the Titanic is the untold story of the self sacrifice and dignity of the ship's engineers,stokers and firemen in the face of impending death."