Saturday 19 August 2017

Irish film Cardboard Gangsters rakes in €365k and will hit cinemas across the UK

Compelling: John Connors stars in Cardboard Gangsters
Compelling: John Connors stars in Cardboard Gangsters

Sean O'Grady

Successful Irish crime drama Cardboard Gangsters is set to hit cinemas across the UK.

The gritty flick is the highest grossing Irish film of the year with box office takings hitting €365,000.

The film, which stars Love/Hate actor John Connors (below), is being shown in more that 60 Irish cinemas as it heads into its fourth week.

Another five cinemas will screen it this weekend, said the Irish Film and Television Network.

Influences: John Connors cites James Cagney and life in his childhood neighbourhoods as inspirations for his new film Cardboard Gangster
Influences: John Connors cites James Cagney and life in his childhood neighbourhoods as inspirations for his new film Cardboard Gangster

The film premieres in London, Manchester, Liverpool and Glasgow on from Friday, August 4.

Patrick O'Neill, the managing director of Irish film distributor Wildcard, said: "We're thrilled with the success that Cardboard Gangsters has had 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."

The film follows Connors' character, Jay, as he and his gang become involved in the underworld and attract the attention of a local kingpin.

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