Wild Bunch - ROUTE IRISH

Ken Loach


Status: Completed

Director(s): Ken Loach

Main cast: Geoff Bell, Andrea Lowe, Stephen Lord

Long synopsis : Liverpool, August 1976. 5-year-old Fergus met Frankie on his first day at school. They™ve been in each others™ shadow ever since. As teenagers they skipped school and drank cider on the ferry over the River Mersey, dreaming about travelling the world. Little did Fergus realise his dream would come true as a highly trained member of the UK’selite special forces, the SAS. After resigning in September 2004, Fergus persuaded Frankie (by now an ex-Para) to join his security team in Baghdad. £10,000 a month, tax free. Their last chance to “load up”in this increasingly privatised war. Together they risked their lives in a city steeped in violence, terror and greed, and awash with billions of US dollars. In September 2007, Frankie died on Route Irish, the most dangerous road in the world. Back in Liverpool, a grief stricken Fergus rejects the official explanation, and begins his own investigation into his soul mate’sdeath. Only Rachel, Frankie’spartner, grasps the depth of Fergus’ssorrow, and the lethal possibilities of his fury. As Fergus tries to find out what happened to Frankie on Route Irish, he and Rachel grow closer. As he approaches the truth behind Frankie’sdeath, Fergus struggles to find his old self and the happiness he shared with Frankie twent years earlier on the Mersey.


  • Geoff Bell, Andrea Lowe, Stephen Lord, Najwa Nimri, John Bishop, Mark Womack


  • Producer(s): Pascal Caucheteux, Rebecca O’Brien
  • Director(s): Ken Loach
  • Screenplay: Paul Laverty
  • DP: Chris Menges
  • Editing: Jonathan Morris
  • Set Design: Fergus Clegg
  • Genre(s): Action, Drama

  • Production company: SIXTEEN ROUTE IRISH LTD
  • Production date: 2010
  • Language: English
  • Duration: 110 min