Movies & TV | 2 months ago
The highest grossing Irish film of the year is hitting cinemas across the UK
It was only a matter of time.

"Girls when we want, sessions when we want and drugs when we want."

Following on from its massive success in Ireland, Wildcard Distribution will be releasing Cardboard Gangsters in cinemas across the UK next month.

The film was exclusively featured on JOE back in May where the trailerchest article praised director Mark O’Connor, for tackling complicated and topical Irish societal issues.

Clip via Wildcard Distribution

The gritty crime drama, which is the biggest grossing Irish film so far this year at the Irish Box Office with €365,000 to date, is set to be released in cinemas in London, Manchester, Liverpool and Glasgow from Friday, 4 August.

Speaking about the UK release, Wildcard Distribution’s Managing Director Patrick O’Neill said: “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."

Wowing audiences and critics alike, it has been garnering five-star reviews and positive word-of-mouth, making it the must-see movie of the summer. Heading into its fourth week of release in Ireland, the film is still screening in 60 cinemas this week with five new openings this weekend.


Directed by Mark O’Connor and starring John Connors (Love/Hate, King of the Travellers), Fionn Walton (Out of Here, What 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’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.

The film was produced for Stalker Films and Five Knight Films in association with Filmbase and with the support of the BAI, Egg Post Production and TV3.

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