We totally have a few titles in mind this summer, but before that, a true gem with a (sadly) well-known story – Maze!
Maze is a critically acclaimed movie about the 1983 mass break-out from the high-security prison in Northern Ireland. Written and directed by Stephen Burke, Maze received critical acclaim after its first festival outing at the Galway Film Fleadh in July 2017.
It is amazing how just a few good titles came from The Troubles, having in mind its complexity, deep emotions and drama – one might say a fair standpoint of every talented storyteller and filmmaker.
The story behind
Maze is a true story, starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Barry Ward, and Martin McCann. The story behind is the spectacular escape of 38 IRA prisoners from the prison 35 years ago. It was so big that the breakout was to become the biggest prison escape in Europe since World War II. It was shot at the recently decommissioned Cork prison and around Cork City, before moving to Sweden.
Vaughan-Lawlor plays Larry Marley, a smart and tenacious leader of the escape, happening at the height of The Troubles in Northern Ireland. He schemes his way towards the final goal while coming into contact with prison warder, Gordon Close. They have confirmed enemies, no doubt about it – born on opposite sides of Northern Ireland’s political divide. But, Larry realizes that Gordon might be essential for the escape plan, so he is starting the initial game.
What follows next is a first-class intriguing drama with far-reaching consequences for both of them. Their political standpoints are constantly in conflict with their domestic obligations and responsibilities, driving them away from their families.
Released by Lionsgate, the movie was a great box-office success in 2017. He took the title of the most successful Irish feature at both the Irish and Northern Irish box office, achieving an all-Ireland gross of over 1 million dollars.
So, this is definitely one of the must-see features in our video club this summer, so stay tuned!