Cardboard Gangsters (followed by Q&A)
The Museum of Free Derry and Nerve Centre present Cardboard Gangsters followed by a Q&A with the film's lead writer and main actor, John Connors (Love/Hate).
Cardboard Gangsters follows the story of a group of young lads in Darndale, led by Jay Connolly (John Connors), who sell drugs to make a living. They set out in a bid to gain more money and power and enter the big leagues of the drug trade. Things begin to unravel quickly as not everyone in Darndale is willing to let these Cardboard Gangsters achieve the notoriety they crave without a fight.
The film won three awards - Best Actor, Best Feature Film and Film of the Festival - at the Manchester International Film Festival in March and received the Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking Award at the Newport Beach Film Festival in the US last year.
The Newport Beach festival said Cardboard Gangsters had 'the feverish temperament of a Guy Ritchie picture, the ghetto angst of Danny Boyle's Trainspotting, and the realism of Ken Loach and Mike Leigh's finest films. Unflinching, sadistic, and unabashedly realistic'