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Shadow Dancer (2012)

  • Rate: 6.3/10 total 4,146 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Thriller
  • Release Date: 24 August 2012 (Ireland)
  • Runtime: 101 min
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Shadow Dancer (2012)

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  • IMDb page: Shadow Dancer (2012)
  • Rate: 6.3/10 total 4,146 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Thriller
  • Release Date: 24 August 2012 (Ireland)
  • Runtime: 101 min
  • Filming Location: Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
  • Gross: $10,672 (USA) (31 May 2013)
  • Director: James Marsh
  • Stars: Andrea Riseborough, Clive Owen, Aidan Gillen | See full cast and crew
  • Original Music By: Dickon Hinchliffe   
  • Soundtrack: Night Whispers
  • Plot Keyword: Terrorism | Terrorist | Based On Novel

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Tom Bradby  novel
  • Tom Bradby  screenplay

Known Trivia

  • Clive Owen originally turned down the part of Mac due to scheduling conflicts.
  • Guy Pearce was at one point set to play Mac.
  • Rebecca Hall was the first choice to play Colette.

Goofs: Anachronisms: In the police station Windows 95 (released in 1995) is shown several times on computer monitors. The movie is set in 1993.

Plot: Set in 1990s Belfast, an active member of the IRA becomes an informant for MI5 in order to protect her son's welfare. |  »

Story: Set in 1990s Belfast, an active member of the IRA becomes an informant for MI5 in order to protect her son’s welfare.


Synopsis: Colette McVeigh: widow, mother, terrorist. A woman who has lived the Republican cause for all her 29 years. A woman whose brothers are both heavily involved at the senior levels in the IRA, whose husband was killed by the British security forces. A woman who is now an informer for MI5. Arrested in an aborted bombing attempt in London, Colette is given two choices: talk and see her children again, or stay silent and spend the rest of her life watching them grow up from behind the bars of a prison cell.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Brahim Chioua known as executive producer
  • Chris Coen known as producer
  • Rita Dagher known as executive producer
  • Camille Gatin known as co-producer
  • Katie Goodson known as associate producer
  • Ed Guiney known as producer
  • Andrew Lowe known as producer
  • Vincent Maraval known as executive producer
  • Norman Merry known as executive producer
  • Joe Oppenheimer known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Barry Barnes known as Gerry Senior
  • Maria Laird known as Young Collette
  • Ben Smyth known as Sean
  • Brid Brennan known as Ma
  • Jamie Scott known as Young Gerry
  • Bradley Burke known as Young Connor
  • Andrea Riseborough known as Collette
  • Daniel Tatarsky known as Watcher 1
  • Tom Bennett known as Watcher 2
  • Nia Gwynne known as Female Watcher
  • Jason Stalkey known as Agent 1
  • Nicholas Asbury known as Agent 2
  • Clive Owen known as Mac
  • Morgan Watkins known as MI5 Officer
  • Cathal Maguire known as Mark
  • Aidan Gillen known as Gerry
  • Domhnall Gleeson known as Connor
  • Ian Patterson known as News Reporter
  • Michael McElhatton known as Liam Hughes
  • Gillian Anderson known as Kate Fletcher
  • David Wilmot known as Kevin Mulville
  • Alan O'Neill known as RUC Officer
  • Gary Lydon known as Geoff
  • David Herlihy known as Senior Staff Officer
  • Stuart Graham known as Ian Gilmore
  • Martin McCann known as Brendan
  • Anne Brogan known as Bridget / Safehouse Woman
  • Frank Smith known as Henderson
  • Kate Nic Chonaonaigh known as Mrs. Henderson
  • Karl Shiels known as Mulville's Driver / Gunman
  • Mark Huberman known as RUC Officer at Hospital
  • Ronnie McCann known as RUC Constable
  • Eoin Murtagh known as Fletcher's Son
  • Alan Devine known as Social Cluv Barman
  • Una C. known as Brendan's Mother (uncredited)
  • Anna Elizabeth McGrath known as Mourner (uncredited)
  • Niamh O'Rourke known as (uncredited)
  • David Ryan known as Driver (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • Eileen Buggy known as key hair stylist
  • Anna Gronerus known as daily hair
  • Lynn Johnson known as key makeup artist
  • Clare Lambe known as assistant makeup artist
  • Ciara Scannell known as daily makeup trainee

Art Department:

  • Jon Beer known as art department assistant
  • Elizabeth Brennan known as second props buyer
  • Jules Harris known as second standby props
  • Ronan Kennedy known as stand-by prop
  • Sarah Kingston known as prop buyer
  • Rene Knol known as dressing props
  • Sophie McConville known as standby art director
  • Gary McGinty known as assistant art director
  • Frank Rizzo known as poster artist
  • Pilar Valencia known as graphic designer




Production Companies:

  • BBC Films
  • Element Pictures
  • Irish Film Board (funding)
  • UKFS
  • Unanimous Pictures

Other Companies:

  • Cutting Edge Group  music services
  • Fatts  post production script services
  • PS-PostScript  post production script (commentary) (uncredited)
  • Reaching For Stars  special military advisors: Script'
  • Studio NI  additional support
  • Take 2 Film Services  camera equipment provided by
  • Varèse Sarabande  soundtrack


  • Magnolia Pictures (2012) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Comstock Group (2013) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Klock Worx Company, The (2013) (Japan) (theatrical) (in association with)
  • Lumière (2013) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Lumière (2012) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Paramount Pictures (2012) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Seven Films – Spentzos Film (2012) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Vertigo Média Kft. (2013) (Hungary) (theatrical)
  • Wild Bunch Distribution (2013) (France) (theatrical)
  • Best Film (2012) (Poland) (all media)
  • IPA Asia Pacific (2012) (Thailand) (all media)
  • Lumière Home Entertainment (2013) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Pancinema (2012) (Korea) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2011) (Bangladesh) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2011) (Bhutan) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2011) (India) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2011) (Maldives) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2011) (Nepal) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2011) (Pakistan) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2011) (Sri Lanka) (all media)
  • Teleview International (2012) (Lebanon) (all media) (Middle East)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Lipsync Post (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Naomi Butler known as digital compositor
  • James Clarke known as head of DI
  • Tom Collier known as digital compositor
  • Stefan Drury known as head of visual effects
  • James Elster known as digital compositor
  • Sean Farrow known as executive visual effects supervisor
  • Elysia Greening known as digital compositor
  • David Lloyd known as senior systems engineer
  • Philippe Ludivig known as digital compositor
  • Abigail McKenzie known as digital lab operator
  • Dylan Owen known as digital compositor (as Dylan Wyn Owen)
  • Katie Roehrick known as visual effects coordinator
  • Daniel Spain known as systems engineer
  • Lucy Tanner known as visual effects coordinator
  • Daniel Tomlinson known as scanning & recording manager
  • Diana Vasquez known as online editor
  • Thomas Waddington known as digital lab operator
  • Sheila Wickens known as visual effects supervisor

MPAA: Rated R for language and some violent content



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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