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Box-office Success Cardboard Gangsters Set for DVD Release
22 Sep 2017 : Nathan Griffin

Mark O'Connor's film looks set to claim the title of the most successful Irish made film of 2017 at the Irish box office. The gritty crime drama finished its cinema run with a highly impressive box-office total of €550,000 from Irish cinemas.

The film, which has since expanded into Northern Irish and UK cinemas after having a very successful launch in Ireland, due to great reviews and genuine word-of-mouth. The DVD release will include an exclusive documentary 'shooting in the Hood: The Making of Cardboard Gangsters,' which will offer viewers an insight into the behind-the-scenes action during the making of the film.

Directed by Mark O’Connor and starring John Connors ('Love/Hate', King of the Travellers), Fionn Walton (Out of HereWhat Richard Did) and Kierston Wareing (Fish Tank, 'East Enders') Cardboard Gangsters follows a group of wannabe gangsters as they attempt to gain control of the drug trade in Darndale, chasing the glorified lifestyle of money, power and sex. Jay Connolly (Connors) is a part-time DJ and low-level drug dealer. When his welfare is cut off, he decides it is 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.  

Mark O'Connor commented:

"After such an incredible reaction from Irish audiences to the film in cinemas, we're delighted that fans of the film have a chance to catch up with the behind the scenes documentary so they can get a sense of how the project came together. The entire project has been an unbelievable journey for all involved, and I'm delighted that it will continue to have a life on DVD and beyond."

 

The film was produced by Stalker Films and Five Knight Films in association with Filmbase and with the support of the BAI, Egg Post Production and TV3 and was distributed theatrically by Wildcard Distribution, with the DVD being distributed by Precision Pictures.




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