Published Wednesday, 06 June 2012
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Set against the backdrop of 1970s Belfast, the movie tells the story of an IRA woman who turns informer to protect her son.
It was directed by Oscar winner James Marsh and is based on the book of the same name written by former ITN Ireland correspondent Tom Bradby.
Back in Northern Ireland for the gala debut, Mr Bradby spoke about the gestation of the book and its transformation onto the big screen.
"It was an idea that came to me," he said.
"There was an awful lot going on here - the Peace Process started just after I became Ireland correspondent and I wanted to find an outlet for that.
"It was a time of huge change and the reality was I found that completely fascinating."
Shadow Dancer stars Andrea Riseborough as struggling mother Collette McVeigh, alongside Clive Owen as MI5 officer Mac.
After she is arrested for her part in an aborted IRA bomb plot in London, the secret agent offers her a choice - face imprisonment or return home to spy on her own family.
"It's very much one woman's story and I think Andrea plays it brilliantly," continued Mr Bradby.
"I love thrillers, and I love the great thrillers like Silence of the Lambs and Presumed Innocent which have very simple stories at their heart.
"I think this film has a simple story at its heart. I would like to think it's about Belfast but it could be about anywhere, a story about a family in conflict."
The gala screening at the Movie House in Belfast comes after last week's Ulster Hall premiere of Good Vibrations, the biopic of Belfast punk rock legend Terri Hooley.