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Lost Lives is a cinematic film inspired by the book of the same name that, uniquely, records the circumstances of every single death in a conflict – the Northern Irish ‘Troubles.’ There are over 3700 entries in the book. Over 3700 lost lives. The film is a reminder of what happens when we settle difference through violence. A reminder that war is hell.
Director Biography - Michael Hewitt, Dermot Lavery

Michael Hewitt and Dermot Lavery are co-founders of the Belfast-based production company DoubleBand Films. In addition to LOST LIVES (2019), as joint writers/producers/directors, their productions include the critically acclaimed and award-winning feature documentary ROAD (2014), produced for the BBC and Northern Ireland Screen and narrated by Liam Neeson.

Michael and Dermot have produced a wide range of documentaries for broadcasters including the BBC, Channel 4, TG4 and RTÉ. Their recent credits include the feature documentary Seamus Heaney and the music of what happens (2019) for BBC NI, BBC Arts and Northern Ireland Screen and a documentary with Mark Cousins for Channel 4 and NI Screen, 50 Years of the Troubles: a Journey Through Film (2019).

As documentary filmmakers Lavery and Hewitt are committed to the principle of true stories well told – and firm believers that fact is often stranger than fiction.

Director Statement

LOST LIVES is a feature length film inspired by the remarkable book of the same name. First published in 1999, it is a history book with a profound difference. It does not detail the acts of politicians and other major figures in the story of a conflict. Nor does it concern itself with talks or the breakdowns of talks. It was – and remains – the only book to record the circumstances of every single death in a conflict. As such it is focused - through every meticulous entry - on the human and emotional cost of a war. In the words of the five journalists who wrote the book over a period of seven years, it "should serve as a lasting reminder of why Northern Ireland should never again return to full-scale conflict, a lasting reminder of the sadness and the pity of it all, a lasting reminder that war is hell. As such, its relevance is universal.

Our film is not a documentary but a filmic response to the book and what it represents. It is a film that weaves together together high end cinematography, archive film, a commissioned score performed by the Ulster Orchestra and a number of extracts from the book, read by the very best of our acting talent. For us it is a cinematic event that addresses the past - but looks to the future.

LOST LIVES is being released to mark the 50th anniversary of the start of the violence in Northern Ireland – a remarkable moment for all of us, not least those of us who lived through the conflict.

- Dermot Lavery and Michael Hewitt, co-directors of LOST LIVES


Directed by Michael Hewitt
Dermot Lavery

Produced by Michael Hewitt
Dermot Lavery

Cast Kenneth Branagh
Bríd Brennan
Roma Downey
Adrian Dunbar
Michelle Fairley
Bronagh Gallagher
Brendan Gleeson
Dan Gordon
Conleth Hill
Ciarán Hinds
Susan Lynch
Des McAleer
Martin McCann
Ian McElhinney
Seán McGinley
James Nesbitt
Liam Neeson
Emer O'Connor
Stephen Rea
Judith Roddy
Michael Smylie
Bronagh Waugh

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