One of Ireland's foremost historians has warned that a Hollywood take on the 1916 Easter Rising might be exploited by dissident republicans in their campaign against the peace process.
Easter Sixteen stars Guy Pearce as James Connolly, the Irish Marxist who took part in the rising and was executed at Dublin's Kilmainham jail, and Ian Hart as Thomas Clarke, another key figure in the uprising.
Paul Bew, a professor of Irish politics and a leading historian, has expressed concern that unless the complexities of the Rising are explained, the simple message that a dedicated minority can use violence will encourage present-day dissidents...
[Nicola Charles, producer of Easter Sixteen:] "The film is really the prequel to Michael Collins. Our final scene is their opening scene. It's a human interest story and in no way does it glorify violence. It's not about violence and revolution, it's about hope and heroism."
Charles said the characters in the film such as Connolly "are not essentially rebels, they are ordinary people who didn't want to fight for the King or the Kaiser". She admitted that "European factual purists will rip this film apart completely. We have actors from all over the world. It's a dramatisation. A story about the fight for freedom."