The Irish Film Institute (IFI) will host a special screening of Mark O’Connor’s Cardboard Gangsters on its opening weekend on Saturday, June 17th. Stuart Carolan, creator of Love/Hate, will host a post-screening Q&A with O’Connor and lead actor John Connors (King of the Travellers, Love/Hate), who co-wrote the film together.
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.
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.
Tickets for this event are available to purchase on the IFI website. Cardboard Gangsters will be released in Irish cinemas from 16th June 2017.