Original Name: Lyra
English Name: Lyra
Run Time: 91 Minutes
Type (Colour/ Black & White): Colour
Country: Ireland, UK
Director: Alison Millar
Producer: Jackie Doyle, Alison Millar
Cast: Lyra McKee, Sara Canning, Nichola Corner
Screenplay: Alison Millar
Cinematographer: Mark McCauley
Editor: Chloë Lambourne
Music Composer: David Holmes
Production Company: Erica Starling Productions
World Sales: Cinephil
Alison Millar is one of the U.K. and Ireland’s most respected documentary filmmakers. She is a BAFTA, IFTA and Prix Italia winner as well as winning both the UK and Northern Ireland Royal Television Society award in 2016 for Channel 4’s Dispatches documentary Kids In Crisis. Her 2013 documentary, The Disappeared was supported by Bill Clinton. It won multiple awards. She is a critically acclaimed filmmaker with a reputation for making emotionally compelling films.
An emotive, intimate portrait of the life and death of Belfast journalist Lyra Mckee, who was murdered by the New IRA the day before Good Friday, April 2019. Directed by her friend, documentarian Alison Millar, the film seeks answers to her senseless killing through Lyra’s own work and words. In just 29 years, she rose from working-class roots in the epicentre of war-torn Belfast to become an internationally renowned investigative journalist, who sought justice for forgotten crimes amid the euphoria surrounding the 1998 Good Friday Peace agreement. As the voice of her ceasefire generation, Lyra represented hope for a future free of conflict. Her killing casts a dark shadow over a land trying to shake off the shackles of its violent past.