Belfast Film Festival

12th – 21st April 2018

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Maze Premiere

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On Thursday 14th September we hosted the premiere of Maze at the Moviehouse on Dublin Road, Belfast. In attendance were Stephen Burke (director), Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (actor) and Barry Ward (actor).

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.

Maze is released in cinemas from 22 September.