Tickets have already sold out for the Irish premiere of Stephen Burke’s hotly-anticipated Irish thriller Maze at the 2017 Galway Film Fleadh. The screening on Saturday 15th July will have director Stephen Burke and cast Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Barry Ward, Martin McCann, Aaron Monaghan and Niamh McGrady all in attendance.
“I am delighted to be premiering Maze at the Galway Film Fleadh, and to show the film to an Irish audience for the first time,” said director Stephen Burke. “The festival has become such an important part of Ireland’s film culture, and it’s wonderful that so many of our great cast and crew will be present.”
Based on the true story of the 1983 mass breakout of 38 IRA prisoners from HMP Maze high-security prison in Northern Ireland. As Larry Marley (Tom Vaughan-Lawlor), the chief architect of the escape, schemes his way towards pulling off this feat, he comes into contact with prison warder, Gordon Close (Barry Ward). Initially Larry and Gordon are confirmed enemies, born on opposite sides of Northern Ireland’s political divide, but when Larry realises that Gordon may be unwittingly useful for his escape plan, a slow seduction begins. Larry intends to use and manipulate Gordon in order to get closer to his goal but what follows is a tense, and intriguing drama in which an unlikely relationship is forged between two enemies that will have far reaching consequences for both of them.
Maze will be released by Lionsgate UK, and was financed by The Irish Film Board, RTE, BAI, Film Vast, Windmill Lane, Cork regional funding and Irish tax incentives for the film industry.
Maze will be in Irish cinemas 22nd September, Cert 15A