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DeLorean biopic Driven to close Venice International Film Festival

A Hollywood biopic of car creator John DeLorean will close the Venice International Film Festival next month.

Driven is directed by Belfast's Nick Hamm and penned by Co Down writer Colin Bateman.

The pair also worked together on the 2016 film The Journey, which starred Timothy Spall and Colm Meaney as Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness.

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Colm Meaney and Timothy Spall as Martin McGuinness and Ian Paisley in The Journey

The upcoming movie tells the story of maverick car designer John Z DeLorean, whose Belfast-built DMC-12 gullwing cars became one of the automotive icons of the 1980s, featuring in the 'Back To The Future' film series.

Starring Lee Pace as the fast-talking US entrepreneur and Jason Sudeikis as Jim Hoffman, a secret FBI agent, Driven tells the real-life story of an FBI operation to arrest the car designer for drugs trafficking in the years after his automotive dream collapsed.

The film will receive its world premiere at the prestigious festival.

Confirming the news on his Facebook page on Monday, Bateman said: "This will be the world premiere - and at the same prestigious location as it was for The Journey two years ago.

"Absolutely thrilled about this - Venice is one of the most important film festivals in the world and to even be there is a huge honour, let alone being the closing film."

The writer added: "It's something of a miracle that it got made at all, as a couple of days into shooting in Puerto Rico the island was devastated by a massive hurricane, but the cast and crew battled through terrible conditions to not only finish the film but to provide much needed employment and support for the shell-shocked local community."

The 75th Venice International Film Festival runs from August 29 – September 8.

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