Director Ian FitzGibbon’s ( A Film With Me In It, Perrier’s Bounty, Paths to Freedom, Moone Boy) latest feature Death of a Superhero tells the story of fourteen-year-old Donald Clarke who after several cycles of chemotherapy feels he has little left to hope for. Worst of all, he might die a virgin! Based on the best-selling novel by Anthony McCarten Death of a Superhero is a poignant coming-of-age story addressing the most painful of circumstances alongside a rich and often humorous treatment of classic teen preoccupations.
With its innovative mix of live action and animation, Death of a Superhero features stand-out performances from Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Love Actually, Nowhere Boy) and Aisling Loftus (Oranges and Sunshine).
Speaking on the release, Director Ian FitzGibbon is thrilled that Irish audiences will have the opportunity to see my film on the big screen and hope that cinemagoers will be charmed with Donald’s life-affirming story.’
Produced by Michael Garland of Grand Pictures, Death of a Superhero has won a slew of awards across various film festivals including Special Jury Critics Award for Aisling Loftus at Dublin International Film Festival, Young Jury Award at Leeds Young Peoples Film Festival and Public and Youth Public Award at Les Arcs, European Film Festival. Death of a Superhero was also selected to screen at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival, The Tribeca Film Festival and The European Film Festival amongst many others.
Death of a Superhero is a German-Irish Co-Production between Bavaria Pictures and Grand Pictures, in Co-Production with Picture Circle, Cinemendo/Trixter and CinePostproduction in collaboration with Bavaria Film. Funded by FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Board, Bayerischer Bankenfonds, German Federal Film Fund, the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and Bord Scannán na hÉireann / The Irish Film Board.