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Maze

Directed by Stephen Burke

MAZE

UK Premiere screening. MAZE is the true story of the 1983 prison breakout of 38 IRA prisoners, which was to become the biggest prison escape in Europe since World War II.

The screening will be followed by a Q and A with the team behind the film including director Stephen Burke, actors Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Barry Ward and Producer Brendan Byrne. 

Based on the true story of the 1983 mass break-out of 38 prisoners from the HMP Maze high security prison, Maze is a gripping prison break film that follows the relationship between two men on opposite sides of the prison bars. Maze charts how inmate Larry Marley, played by Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (Love / Hate), becomes chief architect of the largest prison escape in Europe since World War II – an escape which he plans but does not go on himself. Up against him is the most state-of-the-art and secure prison in the whole of Europe – a prison within a prison. While scheming his way towards pulling off this feat, Larry comes into close contact with prison warder Gordon Close, played by Barry Ward (Jimmy’s Hall). Larry and Gordon’s complex journey begins with cautious, chess-like moves. Initially, Gordon holds all the power in their relationship and rejects all of Larry’s attempts at establishing a friendship between them. Bit by bit, Larry wears down Gordon’s defenses, maneuvering himself into a position of trust.

 

What they said

Stephen Burke’s low-key, well-acted thriller is scrupulously even-handed while making the stakes clear as a weakened IRA seeks the publicity coup of the UK’s largest ever mass escape. Illuminating ... time is a healer, and this film educates as well as entertains.
**** Tom Vaughan-Lawlor is superb
**** Outstanding