Manchester International Film Festival

#IrishAbroad: Cardboard Gangsters to play in competition at 3rd Manchester International Film Festival

Mark O’Connor’s hard-hitting independent Irish drama Cardboard Gangsters will play in competition at the 3rd Manchester International Film Festival.

Cardboard Gangsters follows a group of wannabe cardboard gangsters as they attempt to gain control of the drug trade in Darndale, chasing the glorified lifestyle of money, power and sex. Jay Connolly is a part-time DJ and low level drug dealer in North Dublin, an area victimized by gangs, drugs and social problems. When his welfare is cut off he decides it’s time for him and his gang to enter the big leagues. This attracts the attention of the local King Pin and sets Jay down a violent and bloody path.

Director O’Connor and star John Connors co-wrote the script, having worked together on Stalker and King of the Travellers. Connors is joined on the acting side by Jimmy Smallhorne, Kierston Wareing (Fish Tank), Fionn Walton (What Richard Did), Damien Dempsey (Between the Canals), Denise McCormack (Love/Hate) Paul Roe (Adam and Paul), Stephen Clinch (Between the Canals), and Corey McKinley (’71), with support from Aaron Blake O’Connell (Bully), Gemma-Leah Devereux (How to Be Happy), Toni O’Rourke (Noble), Fiona Hewitt Twamley, Paul Alright, Ryan Lincoln, and Ciaran McCabe (Bully).

Cardboard Gangsters is produced by Richard Bolger for Five Knight Films, in association with O’Connor’s Stalker Films. DoP was Michael Lavelle (Patrick’s Day), with post-production taking place at Egg Post in Dublin. The film is funded by the BAI, Filmbase, and TV3. It will be released via Wildcard Distribution later this year.

Cardboard Gangsters
Cardboard Gangsters

Ireland is also represented at the festival by two shorts, Natasha Waugh’s brilliant drama Terminal and Jonathan Shaw’s emotional Pebbles. Terminal is a film about the decisions women make in the face of overwhelming personal circumstance. A girl and a woman meet at an airport departure gate. Just before they board a plane to Manchester, we witness a private exchange as they share the different reasons that brought them to this moment and the traumatic journey that awaits them. Pebbles sees a woman return to the hotel where she spent her honeymoon on her 50th wedding anniversary. Will her estranged Husband return to honour a promise?

Manchester International Film Festival 2017’s main theme of “The Rising Talent of Independent Cinema”, not just from the UK but from around the world, will offer a line-up of some 90 plus films that will be showcased in Manchester from 2nd to the 5th March, with premieres, guest appearances and an Indie fest atmosphere for film lovers to savour.

The 3rd Manchester International Film Festival runs at the ODEON Manchester from March 2nd to 5th.