“An uncompromising, authentic examination of the cyclical nature of gangland crime in contemporary Ireland, Cardboard Gangsters is at once an intoxicating blend of high-octane violence and crime and a sobering condemnation of the circumstances that trap people in the lifestyle with no hope of escape.”
John Connors plays Jay Connolly, a part-time DJ and low level drug dealer in Darndale, an area victimized 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. Jay is left with a momentous choice to be made: to exact revenge, or turn the other cheek.
Director Mark O’Connor and cast will attend.
Director Mark O’Connor
Cast John Connors, Fionn Walton, Kierston Wareing, Jimmy Smallhorne, Paul Alwright, Ryan Lincoln
Script John Connors, Mark O’Connor
Producer Richard Bolger