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Maze escape film to premiere in Belfast ahead of cinema release

The premiere of escape film Maze will take place in Belfast on Thursday.

The controversial feature is inspired by the real-life story of the 1983 Maze prison break-out, which saw 38 IRA prisoners attempt to escape from one of the most high-security prisons in Europe.

Dublin actor Tom Vaughan-Lawlor stars as Larry Marley, an IRA member and chief architect of the mass breakout, alongside Belfast actor Martin McCann.

Written and directed by Stephen Burke, Maze received critical acclaim after its first festival outing at the Galway Film Fleadh in July.

“I began my writing and directing career making short films about characters caught up in the Northern Ireland conflict," Mr Burke said. "Maze marks a return to this theme for me almost twenty years on.

“The film focuses on a unique time in recent history and we have hopefully reflected the rawness and bitter reality of the 80’s through the main actors.

“In my previous work I’ve used the dual perspective approach to delve deeper into the conflict and this comes through in the interaction between the Larry Marley character and his befriending of the prison warder played by Barry Ward.

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“The official inquiry on the breakout referred to this episode as an ingenious and audacious escape and we’ve worked hard to show the personal interaction between all sides which led to that moment.

As part of the Belfast Film Festival, Maze will premiere on Thursday at Movie House Cinema and will include a Q&A session with Stephen Burke, Tom Vaughan Lawlor, Barry Ward, and producer Brendan Byrne after the screening.

Festival Director, Michele Devlin, said: “Many of us are aware of and grew up with the story of the Maze breakout. This film gives us a dramatic look at what might have gone on inside the H Blocks in the lead into the final months and days of the planned escape.”

Maze will be released in cinemas on September 22.

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