Front Line (The)

  • Front Line (The)
Genre : Thriller
Type : Fiction
Original title :
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2006
Format : Feature
Running time : 93 (in minutes)

JOE YUMBA a musician from the Democratic Republic of Congo, receives the news he has been waiting for - His application for asylum has been successful. He has leave to stay in the country.

When his wife and child join him, Joe has good reason to feel happy. His happiness is short lived. On his way home from his job as a Security Guard in the bank where he now works he is manhandled into the back of a van. Inside, a group of gangland heavies, working for Eddie Gilroy - Dublin's most notorious crime boss - make him an offer he can't refuse.

They want access to the bank where Joe works. To ensure Joe's assistance, his wife and son have been kidnapped and are being held hostage until after the job. Tonight.

Summoning every morsel he can muster of cunning and courage Joe turns the tables on Gilroy and his gang and plays them off against each other and the police while desperately fighting to keep himself and his family alive. But Joe isn't who he said he was...

As the police look closer into Joe's background they discover that Joe Yumba is not who he claimed he was.

Everything we thought we knew turns out to be false as the truth of Joe's identity and the role he played in the horrific killing fields of the Congo start to come to light.

Director:David Gleeson

Writer:David Gleeson

Genre:Drama / Thriller

Eriq Ebouaney... Joe Yumba
James Frain... Eddie Gilroy
Gerard McSorley... Detective Insp. Harbison
Hakeem Kae-Kazim... Erasmus
Fatou Ndiaye... Kala
Brian Eli Ssebunya... Daniel
Orla O'Rourke... Detective Susan Clohessey
Gavin O'Connor... Detective Duffy
Dagmar Döring... Sales Assistant
Laura Jane Laughlin... Valerie
Garrett Lombard... Anton
Ian McElhinney... Mikey
Christian Senger... Detective #1

Produced by
Chris Chrisafis.... co-producer
James Flynn.... executive producer
Philipp Homberg.... co-producer
Nathalie Lichtenthaeler.... producer
Lena Rehnberg.... co-producer
Adrian Sturges.... co-producer

Original Music by
Patrick Cassidy

Cinematography by
Volker Tittel

Film Editing by
Stuart Gazzard

Casting by
Gillian Reynolds

Production Design by
Jim Furlong

Art Direction by
David Doran
Irene O'Brien (senior art director)

Set Decoration by
Emer MacAvin

Costume Design by
Grania Preston

Makeup Department
Nursen Balci.... hair stylist
Nursen Balci.... makeup artist
Jeanette Naguib Keddis.... assistant hair & makeup

Production Management
Linda Deacy.... post-production supervisor
Howard Gibbins.... production manager
Ingrid Holzapfel.... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Annie Barclay.... trainee assistant director
Enda Doherty.... second assistant director
Anna Harrison.... trainee assistant director
Raymond Kirk.... first assistant director
Barry Newman.... trainee assistant director
Nick Thomas.... third assistant director

Art Department
Desiree Peton.... props
Seth Turner.... scenic artist: Germany

Sound Department
Thomas Huhn.... sound re-recording mixer
Lucas Nilsson.... sound effects editor

Visual Effects by
Stephen Elson.... visual effects producer: Baseblack
Chris Panton.... digital artist: Baseblack

Dominick Hewitt.... stunt driver
Donal O'Farrell.... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department
Barry Conroy.... electrician
Jonathan Hession.... still photographer
Rodja Kükenthal.... first assistant camera
Gordon A. Timpen.... still photographer
Saskia Uppenkamp.... second assistant camera

Other crew
Kate Bowe.... publicist
Maria Collins.... production coordinator
Jennifer Griffin.... first assistant accountant
Nessa King.... production finance executive
Linda McEvoy.... legal and business affairs
John McKenna.... armorer
Jessica O'Leary.... costume supervisor
Jessica O'Leary.... set wardrobe mistress
Richard Smither.... first assistant editor
Laura Tracey.... extras coordinator

Runtime:93 min
Country:Ireland / Germany / UK / Sweden
Sound Mix:Dolby SR (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:Ireland:15A / Finland:K-13

Filming Locations:
Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
Hamburg, Germany

IN COMPETITION - Hamptons International Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Pusan International Film Festival
CLOSING NIGHT FILM - Galway Film Festival


Irish Academy Awards 2007 (IFTA)
Nominated - BEST FILM


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