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15th Aug 2017

#TRAILERCHEST: Tom Vaughan-Lawlor takes on a real-life prison escape in Maze

Based on the story of the biggest prison escape in Europe since WWII.

Rory Cashin

“It was supposed to be the most secure prison in Europe. It wasn’t supposed to have a flaw…”

Welcome to #TrailerChest, where we’re taking a sneak peek at the new teaser trailer for Maze.

Plot it’s all about: When he isn’t potentially staring in massive Avengers sequels, the Man Formerly Known As Nidge is still very much a cornerstone in great modern Irish cinema, as can be seen in the first trailer for new prison escape drama Maze.

The film is inspired by the true events of the infamous 1983 prison breakout of 38 IRA prisoners from Her Majesty’s Prison, which was to become the biggest prison escape in Europe since World War II.

As per the official synopsis, Tom plays Larry Marley, the chief architect of the escape, schemes his way towards pulling off this feat, he comes into contact with prison warder, Gordon Close (Barry Ward). Initially Larry and Gordon are confirmed enemies, born on opposite sides of Northern Ireland’s political divide, but when Larry realises that Gordon may be unwittingly useful for his escape plan, a slow seduction begins.

Larry intends to use and manipulate Gordon in order to get closer to his goal but what follows is a tense, and intriguing drama in which an unlikely relationship is forged between two enemies that will have far reaching consequences for both of them.

People may recognise Barry Ward from the likes of Rebellion or Jimmy’s Hall, while Martin McCann plays a fellow inmate, and was made famous for his stellar turns in The Pacific, The Survivalist and ’71.

Early reviews for this have been fantastic, and we can’t wait to get to see it ourselves when it is released in Irish cinemas next month.

Starring: Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Barry Ward, Martin McCann.

Directed by: Stephen Burke.

Release date: 22 September 2017.


Clip via Lionsgate

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