Tom Bradby answers some questions on his film ‘Shadow Dancer’
What is it about?
An MI5 officer (Clive Owen) is tasked to track, trap and turn a young mother (Andrea Riseborough) who has been drawn into the IRA by the tragic death of her younger brother. The officer, Mac, succeeds and the young woman, Collette, returns to Belfast where she is forced to systematically betray everyone and everything she has ever believed in, including her own family. Gradually, the IRA comes to suspect it has an informer and a hunt begins. The movement’s feared Internal Security Chief, Mulgrew, begins to circle closer and closer to Collette.
In the meantime, Mac has discovered something else, which is that his bosses have another – more important – agent close to Collette and that the hunt for an informer has in fact been going on for months. It seems as if Mac’s boss, Kate Fletcher (Gillian Anderson)
asked Mac to recruit Collette so that she could be thrown overboard when the hunt for the informer gets too close. As she says; ‘to govern is to choose.’
It becomes clear to Mac that only by discovering the identity of the other informer can he stand a chance of saving his agent. If to govern is indeed to choose, he may have another decision in mind.http://blog.itv.com/news/tombradby/2011/05/film/