LOVE/HATE’S Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, who plays ‘Nidge’ in the hit TV series will join Barry Ward, recently seen in the 1916 RTE drama Rebellion, in a new film Maze, which began filming this week at Cork Prison, and around Cork City.
Maze is inspired by the true events of the infamous 1983 prison breakout of 38 IRA prisoners from HMP Maze high security prison, which was to become the biggest prison escape in Europe since World War II.
An Irish-Swedish co-production, Maze has production funding from the Irish Film Board, Film Vast, RTE and BAI, with both Cork County Council and Cork County Council Arts Offices providing regional support. The film is written and directed by Stephen Burke, no stranger to Cork as a previous two-time first prize winner of the Cork International Film Festival with his early short films, After ’68 and ’81. The film is produced by Jane Doolan of Mammoth Films and Brendan J Byrne of Cyprus Avenue Films.
Speaking about securing this major production for Cork, Rossa Mullin who runs Film in Cork said ‘The screen industry has steadily grown in importance for Cork over the last number of years, and our great locations have attracted major film productions such as Ken Loach’s Palme D’Or winning The Wind That Shakes The Barley, featuring Cork actor Cillian Murphy; Neil Jordan’s gorgeous Ondine, starring Colin Farrell; and Ian Power’s The Runway.’
Film in Cork was established to ensure that Cork city and county is seen as an attractive place for producers to come to, to maximise the possibilities for Cork whilst driving economic and cultural activity in the Cork region. Film In Cork provides production, location and training.