Wildcard Titles at the Cork Film Festival

Posted November 11, 2016 by Suzanne Murray in News
Crash and Burn
Crash and Burn

The Cork Film Festival is underway this week with a programme jam packed with Irish and international films.  Four Wildcard titles will be screening over the course of the festival.

Audiences will get to see three titles ahead of their cinema releases – Crash & Burn, I Am Not A Serial Killer and Cardboard Gangsters while the box office hit Bobby Sands 66 Days will also screen at the festival.

Seán Ó Cualáin’s Crash & Burn charts how the Dundalk-born Tommy Byrne went from driving a Mini Cooper in stock-car racing to the big-time in Formula One in a little over four years and for a fleeting moment in the 80s was the best driver in the world and a serious rival of Ayrton Senna’s.  Tommy himself will attend the festival screening and will take part in a post screening Q&A.  The film will hit Irish cinemas on Friday 2nd December.

I Am Not A Serial Killer is a dazzlingly original, darkly funny and disturbing gem with a genre-bending twist, about a small town teenager in the US, obsessed with serial killers, who unwittingly discovers the identity of the killer who has been slaughtering residents for body parts.  Starring Max Records and Chirstopher Lloyd and directed by Billy O’Brien, the film will be released in Ireland on Friday 9th December.

Mark O’Connor’s gritty drama Cardboard Gangsters follows the story of a group of young lads in Darndale, led by Jay Connolly (John Connors of Love/Hate fame), 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.  Mark O’Connor will attend the screening.  The film is set for a 2017 cinema release.

Also screening at the festival is Bobby Sands 66 Days.  Directed by Brendan J Byrne the powerful documentary is the most successful Northern Irish film in recent years surpassing Steve McQueen’s Hunger and the Terri Hooley bio-pic Good Vibrations at the box office.

Wildcard Screenings at the Cork Film Festival

Bobby Sands 66 Days, 17th November in Triskel Christchurch at 17.30

I Am Not A Serial Killer, 17th November in The Everyman Theatre at 20.45

Crash & Burn, 19th November in The Gate Cinema at 15.45

Cardboard Gangsters, 20th November in The Gate Cinema t 17.30