John Connors got a standing ovation at the Ifta’s as he picked up best actor for his role in Cardboard Gangsters. He bet stiff competition in this category from the likes of Colin Farrell for The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Dafhyd Flynn for Michael Inside, Fionn O’Shea for Handsome Devil and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor for Maze.
Having had its international premiere at the 3rd Manchester International Film winning three of the main awards at the festival there was no doubt that the film would do well on general release. The film picked up Best Feature Film, Best Overall Film, and Best Actor for John Connors. It also received special jury mentions for O’Connor’s Direction and Screenplay, and for Michael Lavelle’s Cinematography.
John Connors plays Jay Connolly, a part-time DJ and low level drug dealer in Darndale, an area victimised by gangs, drugs and social problems. When his welfare is cut off he decides it’s time to enter the big leagues with his gang, in order to help settle his family’s debts. His actions attract the attention of Sean Murphy, the son of the local drug king pin, Derra Murphy, who rules Darndale with an iron fist and has no problems eliminating any potential rivals. Jay knows he’s playing a dangerous game but plans to make just enough money to settle his family’s debts, get out of Darndale, and move to Spain with his pregnant girlfriend. Events spiral out of control when Jay becomes involved with Derra’s wife, and his gang are thrust in to harm’s way, which leaves Jay with a momentous decision to exact revenge, or turn the other cheek.
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). The film is funded by the BAI, Filmbase, and TV3 and released via Wildcard Distribution.
All of the Sound, Grade and Online was completed here at at EGG and we couldn’t be prouder of the work we did on this. Huge Congratulations to you John!
Ends Meet(12 part animation series) will air on RTÉ 2 Monday 12 February at 11.35pm
Ends Meet is an animated sitcom following unemployed da Beezer, his young lad Sean Og and Beezer’s long suffering grandda, Tony, whose house they’re lucky to live in. Beezer is the median lad in the family. A self styled entrepreneur who believes all you need to make money is a little moxy. Unfortunately the real world has other ideas. Sean Og is his giddy little fella who can barely contain the highs and lows childhood brings. He’s the coolest lad in third class and can show you what rap he listens to the prove it.
Finally, there’s Tony, Beezer’s Grandda and Sean Og’s Great-Grandda (not that he’d ever call him that). He’s just trying to wind down his days and enjoy his retirement…if the other two would give him a moment’s peace.Together they live in Abbeydale, a small town in the North of Dublin which missed the boom but got the bust. It’s the perfect place for the trio to scheme, live and just try to make Ends Meet.
Created, written and Directed by long time doodle boy Mark Baldwin. Produced by Ruth Carter of Blue Ink Films and Niamh Herrity of Pink Kong Studios with Animation Direction from Gareth Lyons of Blue Ink Films and Aoife Doyle of Pink Kong Studios.