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Starred Up's Jack O'Connell stars in acclaimed British drama '71


You may remember back in March, former Skins star Jack O'Connell blew us all away with his gutsy role as a young prison inmate in Starred Up. Early next year, he plays late athlete-turned-POW Louis Zamperini in Angelina Jolie's Unbroken. But before then, he continues his bid for superstardom in '71, a dramatisation of the Northern Irish Troubles.

Jack plays a young soldier who becomes separated from his unit during a riot in Belfast in 1971 between Protestant Loyalists and Catholic Nationalists. Taking its cue from Paul Greengrass' powerful Bloody Sunday, '71 purports to be a gritty examination of a violent conflict from the point of view of those caught right in the middle of it.

The film won acclaim at this year's Berlin Film Festival. In The Telegraph, Tim Robey describes it as "a stunningly well-crafted survival thriller" and that "O'Connell's performance in this near-wordless role, which could hardly be more different from his soon-to-be-seen breakthrough in the clink drama Starred Up, hardly strikes a false note."

Take a look at the clip below and post a comment if you think '71, and Jack's performance, could be among this year's biggest surprises. The film is out now in Cineworld. Click here to book your tickets.