Following on from its success in Ireland, Wildcard Distribution is an Irish film distributor established in early 2013 specialising in new and fresh approaches to distribution. are releasing Cardboard Gangsters in cinemas across the UK next month. The gritty crime drama, which is the highest-grossing Irish film so far this year at the Irish Box Office, will be released in cinemas in London, Manchester, Liverpool, and Glasgow from Friday, August 4th.
The film has already enjoyed success in the UK, having received three awards at the Manchester International Film Festival, for Best Feature Film, Best Overall Film, and Best Actor for lead John Connors. It also received special jury mentions for O’Connor’s Direction and Screenplay, and for Michael Lavelle’s Cinematography.
We’re thrilled with the success that Cardboard Gangsters has had so far in Ireland. It’s really caught people’s imaginations and we’ve been blown away by the positive response it’s received. There’s been huge interest in the film from the UK so we can’t wait for audiences over there to see it.
Patrick O’Neill, Managing Director – Wildcard Distribution
Directed by O’Connor, 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 is a part-time DJ and low-level drug dealer. 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.
Actor/co-writer John Connors (Love/Hate) is joined in the cast by 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).
Positive word-of-mouth and strong critical reaction have seen audiences flock to the film. This weekend will mark its fourth week of release in Ireland, with the film still screening in 60 cinemas nationwide, including five new openings.
Cardboard Gangsters is out now in cinemas nationwide via Wildcard Distribution. To find out where Cardboard Gangsters is showing near you visit www.cardboardgangsters.com.