Like Anthropoid before it, Jamie Dornan‘s new film The Siege of Jadotville recounts a little-known true story of war heroism and astonishing bravery against the odds.
In 1961, shortly after the Congo declared independence from Belgium, a small 150-strong battalion of Irish UN troops were stationed there to support the country’s newly elected government. Despite being there for largely peacekeeping duties, they quickly found themselves under attack when 3,000 local troops led by French and Belgian mercenaries working for large mining companies surrounded them.
Thanks to commander Patrick Quinlan‘s tactical skills, the outnumbered Irish troops courageously held off their attackers for five days, though their eventual surrender meant they did not come home to a hero’s welcome.
“Jadotville was swept under the carpet,” Declan Power told Time magazine recently, the author and military expert whose book, Siege at Jadotville, forms the basis of the new movie. “Anyone who was there was made to feel like they couldn’t talk about it. There was shame associated with it. The men should have been heroes, instead they were subject to humiliation and in some cases abuse for their involvement.”
This new film will hopefully change some of that. Yes, playing Quinlan is Jamie Dornan, the Northern Irish star of The Fall and Fifty Shades, doing a rather nifty Kerry accent.
And yes, the film has an impressive supporting cast, featuring Mark Strong (The Imitation Game, Kingsman: The Secret Service), Guillaume Canet, who plays the man in charge of the French contingent, Beck‘s Mikael Persbrandt, Game of Thrones‘ Michael McElhatton, In the Heart of the Sea‘s Sam Keeley, and The Good Wife’s Jason O’Mara as Company Sergeant Jack “Sarge” Prendergast, Quinlan’s right-hand man.
We think we can all agree, however, that the real star of this movie is Dornan’s rather fine handlebar mustache. Cop a look at it in the trailer, released Friday (September 9):
Impressive, huh? Although from the look of the pictures in that article in Time magazine, the real Patrick Quinlan didn’t sport a mustache. Jamie must have just really wanted to grow one.
You can watch him and it in action when The Siege of Jadotville starts streaming October 7 on Netflix.Read More