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ZOO

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Section

Competition 6-15

Director

Colin McIvor

Country

UK, Ireland

Year

2017

Production

Wee Buns Films, Ripple World Pictures

Credits

Screenplay

Colin McIvor

Photography

Damien Elliott

Editing

Brian Philip Davis, Chris Gill

Music

Mark Thomas

Cast

Art Parkinson, Toby Jones, Penelope Wilton

Language

o.v. English

Subtitles

sbt. Italian

Duration

96'

Age

5th primary school – 1st - 2nd Junior high school
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The film

1941. Ten-year-old Tom, although somewhat a loner and a dreamer, without siblings or friends, leads a happy life. His free time revolves around helping out at the zoo where his admiration for his father's work and care for the animals is clear to all. When Tom is introduced to an orphaned elephant, Buster, a bond forms between the two of them. Tom’s world is turned upside down when his father is called away to war and access to his beloved zoo is suddenly denied to him. The horror of war is brought directly into Tom's life when, in the aftermath of the first German air raids on Belfast, he witnesses the summary mass slaughter of all animals considered dangerous at the zoo, following a Directive from the Ministry of Public Security. Tom must act to save Buster.

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the director

A graduated of the University of Ulster in Belfast with a BA (hons) in Visual Communications, Colin McIvor's debut feature Cup Cake (2010) won numerous international awards including Best Feature at the 2010 Rhode Island International Film Festival and the Audience Award at the 2010 Belfast Film Festival amongst others. He's also written and directed a number of shorts to date including multi-award winning short Charlotte’s Red (2005), Black Taxi, Stainless Steal (2000) and No Cigar. As a director of TV commercials, he works in Ireland, U.K. and abroad with clients such as Lucozade, Kellogg’s, Danske Bank and Konzum. He's developing a number of feature film and television projects.

Screenings

20 November, 14:00 Espocentro

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