U2 release their short film set in Belfast. Kevin and Sadie with safety pins…

U2 has released their short film “Every Breaking Wave” – Directed by Aoife McArdle. . The film is set in Belfast during the early eighties and tells the cross community love story of two punks. The film throws every troubles cliché into the mix, paramilitary dad – check, squaddies beating up punk – check, you get the idea. The film has not gone down well with some locals. Many people do not like it’s negative portrayal of Belfast, they prefer people concentrate on the shiny Titanic building rather than our gory past.

Personally I liked the film. It is well directed and the song is surprising good. Werther we like it our not the troubles is part of our history, and complaining about the portrayal is like Germany complaining about war movies. I grew up in inner city Belfast during the eighties and frankly it was as bleak as the film makes out, so at least they captured the vibe of that.

Watch the short film below and let us know what you think:


  • Dan

    Song is ok.
    The video. Good Lord, in terms of cliched crap, it’s up there with Number2s.

  • Mirrorballman

    In fairness U2 probably haven’t been to Belfast since 1998 so maybe their recollections of our city are a bit outdated. Wouldn’t it have been much better to have a video showing how much has changed for the better in this place. Might go down well with their target audience (Americans) though. 6/10

  • Tim Johnston

    The song is actually quite good. One of the better tunes on the controversial “free” iTunes download album last year. Quite why the four Dublin lads think we need to revisit the recent past in such a cliched fashion is not so clear. U2 should maybe stick to the stadium soft-rock that they’re good at, as their attempts at social commentary suffer by comparison.

  • SeaanUiNeill

    Bit of a Chalk and Cheese comparision. the film was fiction about a time and a place, the director’s creative vision, not a current promo for Belfast.

    Oh and great positive feedback too from my insomniac New York based cousin.

  • Sir Rantsalot

    Dear me.. anyone even saying the words ‘the troubles’ these days makes me cringe. It’s sooo last century.. Still, plenty of people on slugger are still living in the 80s. They probably think it’s current affairs!

  • SeaanUiNeill

    “It is well directed and the song is surprising good.” I entirely agree Brian. I usually spend what time I have in front of any film or television wanting to re-cut what I’m watching for pace and story. I found this tight and well paced, lean cutting that ensured no drop in interest such as I’m finding in most television. And its excellent for tight period look authenticity too, this from the guy who (professionally) notes single year discrepencies in style in Mad Men and Downton Abbey. Sure it hasall the old cliches, but the direction does not let them jar. Top score from me.

    And I was spending time between Belfast and London at this time, so the bleak city it so accurately portrays is all too familiar.

  • Nordie Northsider

    I’m with you on ‘the Troubles.’ Maybe we should try new euphemisms, like ‘The Unpleasantness.’

  • Ummmm….deep pockets…good production values…ummmm, that’s it!

  • Ben De Hellenbacque

    “You think it’s easier to put your finger on the trouble when the trouble is you” Good lyric and sums up many people. Love across the divide has indeed been a recurrent theme in art &
    literature since Greeks were narrating tales of romances between gods
    and mortals. It’ll recur many times too because it’s about the
    inveitability of reconciliation and the pointlessness of contrived

    On another note, the young people depicted (my generation) may not have been as lucky as me in avoiding the brutalising impact of the conflict that we’d rather forget. They didn’t just vanish with the signing of the GFA. It’s good to see their story told in an accessible format.

  • Zig70

    I like the song, didn’t want to but love the gambler lyrics. I wanted to like the film, well produced. The punk costumes seem a bit all over the place, I first thought it was skins. I’d always known Belfast punks to be very anti sectarian, it’s a bit of a slight on their neutrality. Carrying guns in a holdall in plain sight, maybe that’s how it was done, I wouldn’t know. Maybe my kids could tell me the type of gun but it didn’t look in keeping with the times either. The main fault is the story line was just too fast and too cliché.

  • jusben1369

    No extended stretch of Western violence is less discussed than Northern Ireland so this film is interesting if only for that. Yes it’s clichéd but it is about 12 minutes long and driven by a song so I’m not sure what you were hoping for in terms of building a deep plot?

  • RudeBhoy

    You didn’t have to be a punk to wear Fred Perry’s and Dm’s. The Specials were number one in Britain in the summer of ’81 and clearly there are still people who cannot tell the difference between the skins revival and the National Front (Johnny Adair, Sam McCrory) knuckledraggers. Top class video btw, catches the time well…reminds me of fucking about wi me muckers when all that madness was going on around us.

  • Zig70

    Though my memory is that rudeboys and punks were anti-racist and anti sectarian, though there was the fear/ hesitation of the unknown.