Updated: 21/03/17 : 06:15:28Printable Version
LOUIS MOUNTBATTEN is the central figure in a new film currently showing in Sligo.
None of the silver screen events deal with his 1979 assassination by the IRA in the north sligo village of Mullaghmore.
Instead, ''Viceroys House'' deals with the final days of British rule in India.
The lavishness and opulence of that lifestyle is underlined by the fact that 500 Indian domestic staff worked in the house.
film attracted an all-star cast, with Hugh Bonneville of 'Downton
Abbey' playing Mountbatten and Gillian Anderson as his wife, Edwina.
herself is an author but best known to Irish audiences for the spooky
series, ''The Fall'' in which she plays a senior Irish police officer.
In the years after India, Mountbatten was a regular annual summer visitor to Mullaghmore.
His role in India has featured in several books, films and even songs.
Al Stewart ('Year of the Cat') even suggested in one of his songs that
British premier Winston Churchill was less than impressed.
His lyrics included: ''.....Churchill said 'how could you have gone and given India away.'
just frowned and said 'some of these things just slip through your
hands'....'' noted the song, ''Post World War Two Blues.''
A chance meeting between the film's maker and Prince Charles helped shape the final product for the silver screen.
Gurinder Chadha had originally planned to base her film around the book ''Freedom at Midnight'' because it included interviews with Mountbatten himself.
Prince Charles, Mountbatten's nephew, suggested she should seek out another lesser-known book.
Chadha finally found the book, ''The Shadow of the Great Game'' but it still took years to take the project to its final script.