This Is the Sea (film)

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This Is the Sea
Directed by Mary McGuckian
Produced by Michael Garland
Written by Mary McGuckian
Starring Samantha Morton
Ross McDade
Gabriel Byrne
Richard Harris
Music by Mike Scott
Brian Kennedy
Cinematography Des Whelan
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • 1997 (1997)
Running time
104 minutes
Country Ireland
Language English
Box office $5,000[1]

This Is the Sea is an Irish film, released in 1997, directed and written by Mary McGuckian and produced by Michael Garland. It is a romance film, focusing on the relationship between the character Hazel Stokes, played by Samantha Morton, and Malachy McAliskey, played by Ross McDade. The two lovers live in Northern Ireland. Stokes is a Protestant, while McAliskey is Catholic. Their relationship is complicated by the spying of Stokes' brother Jef, played by Marc O'Shea, and by the attempts of Rohan, played by Gabriel Byrne, to recruit McAliskey into the Republican movement. The film also stars Richard Harris as Old Man Jacobs, an ally to the couple.

The film's title comes from the song "This Is the Sea"[2] from the 1985 music album This Is the Sea, by the folk-rock band The Waterboys. The film's soundtrack uses seven different Waterboys songs.[3] Mike Scott, The Waterboys' lead singer, shares music credits for the film with singer Brian Kennedy.

Des Whelan is credited as Director of Photography.


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  2. ^ This Is the Sea. Variety. URL accessed May 6, 2006.
  3. ^ This Is the Sea soundtrack. IMDb. URL accessed May 5, 2006.

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