For Jay Connolly, life as a part time DJ and low-level drug dealer in a rough Irish estate isn’t enough. He wants the money and power that come with being a fully-fledged cardboard gangster, and is willing to do whatever it takes to get it.
Darndale, Ireland. An area awash with gangs, drugs and other social woes, is about to get an even bigger problem in the shape of Jay Connolly, a local DJ and occasional drug dealer. With his family crippled with debt, girlfriend pregnant and his welfare cut-off, Jay decides his days of being a little fish in a big, dirty pond must end.
But, in order to move up the rankings of the local crime fraternity, he must up his game and before long, his activity catches the eye of drug kingpin, Derra Murphy. When Jay begins an affair with Derra’s wife, things begin to get messy and his life is on the line.
With walking away no longer an option, Jay and his gang are up to their neck in more trouble they could ever dream to imagine. Is it all worth it to become a cardboard gangster?
Winner of the 2017 Manchester Film Festival, Carboard Gangsters is a gritty, coming-of-age drama that’s reminiscent of Menace II Society and Boyz in The Hood, with a dash of humour thrown in for good measure.
John Connors (King of the Travellers), Fionn Walton (What Richard Did) and Kierston Wareing (EastEnders) star in the picture critics and audiences are already hailing as a future cult classic.