- 30 Aug 17
The Chatroom-bound John Connors talks Mayweather/McGregor, spudhead Irish families and the urgent need for more diversity in Irish film with Stuart Clark.
John Connors is not a man to childishly thumb his nose and go “ner ner ner ner ner!”, but he’s delighted that Cardboard Gangsters has proved the naysayers, the Irish Film Board notably among them, wrong.
“I’m not saying it as a ‘fuck you!’ or anything, but the Film Board rejected us three times for funding,” its director and star reveaks. “They didn’t think there was an appetite for its realism and grit, which I thought was silly. The average Irish film takes €5,000 and doesn’t last more than two weeks at the cinema. Cardboard Gangsters is now in its eighth or ninth week and taken €550,000.
“The biggest Irish movie this year before we came along was Film Board-funded and we’ve almost tripled their box-office take,” he continues. “The Irish movies that usually get made are either extremely arthouse or some kind of tourist leprechaun thing. There’s a huge middle ground that doesn’t get a look in. Our funding bodies need to be looking at people from different communities and backgrounds who’ve things to say about modern Ireland. Cardboard Gangsters is a film about Darndale with mainly Darndale actors and crew. Doesn’t that count for something in their eyes?”