Wildcard Distribution is an Irish film distributor established in early 2013 specialising in new and fresh approaches to distribution. has released the first clip from Mark O’Connor’s hard-hitting new drama Cardboard Gangsters. The clip features lead John Connors, who plays a small-time drug dealer, losing control and lashing out.
The film 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.
Director O’Connor and star 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). UFC fighters Cathal Pendred and Nathan Kelly also make cameo appearances.
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.
Cardboard Gangsters plays the Galway Film Fleadh on Saturday July 9th at 10pm, ahead of a nationwide release this autumn.