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Gala premiere for Belfast Zoo film based on a true story

A new family film based in Belfast will receive a gala premiere in the city next week.

Zoo stars Co Donegal actor Art Parkinson and Downton Abbey star Penelope Wilton and is written and directed by Belfast born Colin McIvor.

All three will attend the film's premiere at the Movie House, Dublin Road in Belfast on Tuesday, June 19.

Zoo tells the story of a young boy’s friendship with a baby elephant named Buster, and his desperate attempt to rescue him from Belfast Zoo during WWII, as German air raids rock the city and threaten the lives of all the animals.

As Tom and his young friends secretly liberate Buster and try to avoid detection from the authorities, the group learn invaluable life lessons and strengthen their friendships, with Buster the baby elephant at the centre of it all.

The film is based on a true story.

Mr McIvor said: “The screenplay has developed into a brave, enchanting and important film and one that I am very proud to have made.

“I am so pleased that we will open the film here in Belfast, where the story was borne, and I hope that local audiences will fall in love with the story of Buster and his friends.”

Also starring Ian McElhinney, Toby Jones, and Amy Huberman Zoo open in cinemas across Northern Ireland from Friday, June 29.

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