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Maze prison escape film available on Netflix

Maze actors Tom Vaughan Lawlor and Barry Ward, and director Stephen Burke in Belfast for the premiere at Movie House Cinema on the Dublin Road. (Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press)
Maze actors Tom Vaughan Lawlor and Barry Ward, and director Stephen Burke in Belfast for the premiere at Movie House Cinema on the Dublin Road. (Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press)
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/09/2017 Actors From L-R Tom Vaughan Lawlor (stars as Larry Marley) and Barry Ward (prison warder) in Belfast for the premiere of the MAZE at Movie House Cinema on the Dublin Road. The premiere of new film 'MAZE' starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and directed by Stephen Burke takes place in Belfast on Thursday evening in association with the Belfast Film Festival. The film, inspired by the real-life story of the 1983 Maze prison break-out orchestrated by Larry Marley, saw 38 IRA prisoners attempt to escape from one of the most high-security prisons in Europe. Photo: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/09/2017 Actors From L-R Tom Vaughan Lawlor (stars as Larry Marley) , Stephen Burke (director) and Barry Ward (prison warder) in Belfast for the premiere of the MAZE at Movie House Cinema on the Dublin Road. The premiere of new film 'MAZE' starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and directed by Stephen Burke takes place in Belfast on Thursday evening in association with the Belfast Film Festival. The film, inspired by the real-life story of the 1983 Maze prison break-out orchestrated by Larry Marley, saw 38 IRA prisoners attempt to escape from one of the most high-security prisons in Europe. Photo: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/09/2017 Actors From L-R Tom Vaughan Lawlor (stars as Larry Marley) , Stephen Burke (director) and Barry Ward (prison warder) in Belfast for the premiere of the MAZE at Movie House Cinema on the Dublin Road. The premiere of new film 'MAZE' starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and directed by Stephen Burke takes place in Belfast on Thursday evening in association with the Belfast Film Festival. The film, inspired by the real-life story of the 1983 Maze prison break-out orchestrated by Larry Marley, saw 38 IRA prisoners attempt to escape from one of the most high-security prisons in Europe. Photo: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/09/2017 Actor Tom Vaughan Lawlor in Belfast for the premiere of the MAZE at Movie House Cinema on the Dublin Road. The premiere of new film 'MAZE' starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and directed by Stephen Burke takes place in Belfast on Thursday evening in association with the Belfast Film Festival. The film, inspired by the real-life story of the 1983 Maze prison break-out orchestrated by Larry Marley, saw 38 IRA prisoners attempt to escape from one of the most high-security prisons in Europe. Photo: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/09/2017 Actors From L-R Tom Vaughan Lawlor (stars as Larry Marley) and Barry Ward (prison warder) in Belfast for the premiere of the MAZE at Movie House Cinema on the Dublin Road. The premiere of new film 'MAZE' starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and directed by Stephen Burke takes place in Belfast on Thursday evening in association with the Belfast Film Festival. The film, inspired by the real-life story of the 1983 Maze prison break-out orchestrated by Larry Marley, saw 38 IRA prisoners attempt to escape from one of the most high-security prisons in Europe. Photo: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/09/2017 Actors From L-R Tom Vaughan Lawlor (stars as Larry Marley) and Barry Ward (prison warder) in Belfast for the premiere of the MAZE at Movie House Cinema on the Dublin Road. The premiere of new film 'MAZE' starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and directed by Stephen Burke takes place in Belfast on Thursday evening in association with the Belfast Film Festival. The film, inspired by the real-life story of the 1983 Maze prison break-out orchestrated by Larry Marley, saw 38 IRA prisoners attempt to escape from one of the most high-security prisons in Europe. Photo: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/09/2017 Actors From L-R Tom Vaughan Lawlor (stars as Larry Marley) and Barry Ward (prison warder) in Belfast for the premiere of the MAZE at Movie House Cinema on the Dublin Road. The premiere of new film 'MAZE' starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and directed by Stephen Burke takes place in Belfast on Thursday evening in association with the Belfast Film Festival. The film, inspired by the real-life story of the 1983 Maze prison break-out orchestrated by Larry Marley, saw 38 IRA prisoners attempt to escape from one of the most high-security prisons in Europe. Photo: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/09/2017 Actors From L-R Tom Vaughan Lawlor (stars as Larry Marley) and Barry Ward (prison warder) in Belfast for the premiere of the MAZE at Movie House Cinema on the Dublin Road. The premiere of new film 'MAZE' starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and directed by Stephen Burke takes place in Belfast on Thursday evening in association with the Belfast Film Festival. The film, inspired by the real-life story of the 1983 Maze prison break-out orchestrated by Larry Marley, saw 38 IRA prisoners attempt to escape from one of the most high-security prisons in Europe. Photo: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/09/2017 Actor Tom Vaughan Lawlor in Belfast for the premiere of the MAZE at Movie House Cinema on the Dublin Road. The premiere of new film 'MAZE' starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and directed by Stephen Burke takes place in Belfast on Thursday evening in association with the Belfast Film Festival. The film, inspired by the real-life story of the 1983 Maze prison break-out orchestrated by Larry Marley, saw 38 IRA prisoners attempt to escape from one of the most high-security prisons in Europe. Photo: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/09/2017 Actors From L-R Tom Vaughan Lawlor (stars as Larry Marley) and Barry Ward (prison warder) in Belfast for the premiere of the MAZE at Movie House Cinema on the Dublin Road. The premiere of new film 'MAZE' starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and directed by Stephen Burke takes place in Belfast on Thursday evening in association with the Belfast Film Festival. The film, inspired by the real-life story of the 1983 Maze prison break-out orchestrated by Larry Marley, saw 38 IRA prisoners attempt to escape from one of the most high-security prisons in Europe. Photo: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/09/2017 Actors From L-R Tom Vaughan Lawlor (stars as Larry Marley) and Barry Ward (prison warder) in Belfast for the premiere of the MAZE at Movie House Cinema on the Dublin Road. The premiere of new film 'MAZE' starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and directed by Stephen Burke takes place in Belfast on Thursday evening in association with the Belfast Film Festival. The film, inspired by the real-life story of the 1983 Maze prison break-out orchestrated by Larry Marley, saw 38 IRA prisoners attempt to escape from one of the most high-security prisons in Europe. Photo: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/09/2017 Actor Barry Ward (prison warder) in Belfast for the premiere of the MAZE at Movie House Cinema on the Dublin Road. The premiere of new film 'MAZE' starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and directed by Stephen Burke takes place in Belfast on Thursday evening in association with the Belfast Film Festival. The film, inspired by the real-life story of the 1983 Maze prison break-out orchestrated by Larry Marley, saw 38 IRA prisoners attempt to escape from one of the most high-security prisons in Europe. Photo: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/09/2017 Actor Tom Vaughan Lawlor in Belfast for the premiere of the MAZE at Movie House Cinema on the Dublin Road. The premiere of new film 'MAZE' starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and directed by Stephen Burke takes place in Belfast on Thursday evening in association with the Belfast Film Festival. The film, inspired by the real-life story of the 1983 Maze prison break-out orchestrated by Larry Marley, saw 38 IRA prisoners attempt to escape from one of the most high-security prisons in Europe. Photo: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/09/2017 Actors From L-R Tom Vaughan Lawlor (stars as Larry Marley) and Barry Ward (prison warder) in Belfast for the premiere of the MAZE at Movie House Cinema on the Dublin Road. The premiere of new film 'MAZE' starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and directed by Stephen Burke takes place in Belfast on Thursday evening in association with the Belfast Film Festival. The film, inspired by the real-life story of the 1983 Maze prison break-out orchestrated by Larry Marley, saw 38 IRA prisoners attempt to escape from one of the most high-security prisons in Europe. Photo: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Actor Tom Vaughan Lawlor in Belfast for the premiere of the MAZE at Movie House Cinema on the Dublin Road. (Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press)
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/09/2017 Actors From L-R Tom Vaughan Lawlor (stars as Larry Marley) and Barry Ward (prison warder) in Belfast for the premiere of the MAZE at Movie House Cinema on the Dublin Road. The premiere of new film 'MAZE' starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and directed by Stephen Burke takes place in Belfast on Thursday evening in association with the Belfast Film Festival. The film, inspired by the real-life story of the 1983 Maze prison break-out orchestrated by Larry Marley, saw 38 IRA prisoners attempt to escape from one of the most high-security prisons in Europe. Photo: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/09/2017 Actors From L-R Tom Vaughan Lawlor (stars as Larry Marley) and Barry Ward (prison warder) in Belfast for the premiere of the MAZE at Movie House Cinema on the Dublin Road. The premiere of new film 'MAZE' starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and directed by Stephen Burke takes place in Belfast on Thursday evening in association with the Belfast Film Festival. The film, inspired by the real-life story of the 1983 Maze prison break-out orchestrated by Larry Marley, saw 38 IRA prisoners attempt to escape from one of the most high-security prisons in Europe. Photo: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/09/2017 Actors From L-R Tom Vaughan Lawlor (stars as Larry Marley) and Barry Ward (prison warder) in Belfast for the premiere of the MAZE at Movie House Cinema on the Dublin Road. The premiere of new film 'MAZE' starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and directed by Stephen Burke takes place in Belfast on Thursday evening in association with the Belfast Film Festival. The film, inspired by the real-life story of the 1983 Maze prison break-out orchestrated by Larry Marley, saw 38 IRA prisoners attempt to escape from one of the most high-security prisons in Europe. Photo: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/09/2017 Actors From L-R Tom Vaughan Lawlor (stars as Larry Marley) and Barry Ward (prison warder) in Belfast for the premiere of the MAZE at Movie House Cinema on the Dublin Road. The premiere of new film 'MAZE' starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and directed by Stephen Burke takes place in Belfast on Thursday evening in association with the Belfast Film Festival. The film, inspired by the real-life story of the 1983 Maze prison break-out orchestrated by Larry Marley, saw 38 IRA prisoners attempt to escape from one of the most high-security prisons in Europe. Photo: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2017 The premiere of new film 'MAZE' starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and directed by Stephen Burke is set to take place in Belfast on Thursday evening in association with the Belfast Film Festival.

The film, inspired by the real-life story of the 1983 Maze prison break-out orchestrated by Larry Marley, saw 38 IRA prisoners attempt to escape from one of the most high-security prisons in Europe.

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

The film received critical acclaim after its first festival outing at the Galway Film Fleadh in July and will be released by Lionsgate UK on September 22nd. Pictured at the premiere is Tom Vaughan Lawlor. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2017 The premiere of new film 'MAZE' starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and directed by Stephen Burke is set to take place in Belfast on Thursday evening in association with the Belfast Film Festival.

The film, inspired by the real-life story of the 1983 Maze prison break-out orchestrated by Larry Marley, saw 38 IRA prisoners attempt to escape from one of the most high-security prisons in Europe.

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

The film received critical acclaim after its first festival outing at the Galway Film Fleadh in July and will be released by Lionsgate UK on September 22nd. Pictured at the premiere is Tom Vaughan Lawlor. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2017 The premiere of new film 'MAZE' starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and directed by Stephen Burke is set to take place in Belfast on Thursday evening in association with the Belfast Film Festival.

The film, inspired by the real-life story of the 1983 Maze prison break-out orchestrated by Larry Marley, saw 38 IRA prisoners attempt to escape from one of the most high-security prisons in Europe.

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

The film received critical acclaim after its first festival outing at the Galway Film Fleadh in July and will be released by Lionsgate UK on September 22nd. Pictured at the premiere is Tom Vaughan Lawlor. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2017 The premiere of new film 'MAZE' starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and directed by Stephen Burke is set to take place in Belfast on Thursday evening in association with the Belfast Film Festival.

The film, inspired by the real-life story of the 1983 Maze prison break-out orchestrated by Larry Marley, saw 38 IRA prisoners attempt to escape from one of the most high-security prisons in Europe.

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

The film received critical acclaim after its first festival outing at the Galway Film Fleadh in July and will be released by Lionsgate UK on September 22nd. Pictured at the premiere are, from left to right, Barry Ward and Tom Vaughan Lawlor. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2017 The premiere of new film 'MAZE' starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and directed by Stephen Burke is set to take place in Belfast on Thursday evening in association with the Belfast Film Festival.

The film, inspired by the real-life story of the 1983 Maze prison break-out orchestrated by Larry Marley, saw 38 IRA prisoners attempt to escape from one of the most high-security prisons in Europe.

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

The film received critical acclaim after its first festival outing at the Galway Film Fleadh in July and will be released by Lionsgate UK on September 22nd. Pictured at the premiere are, from left to right, Barry Ward, Tom Vaughan Lawlor and Stephen Burke Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th September 2017 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye The premiere of new film 'MAZE' starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and directed by Stephen Burke is set to take place in Belfast on Thursday evening in association with the Belfast Film Festival. The film, inspired by the real-life story of the 1983 Maze prison break-out orchestrated by Larry Marley, saw 38 IRA prisoners attempt to escape from one of the most high-security prisons in Europe. Tom Vaughan-Lawlor stars as Larry Marley, an IRA member and chief architect of the mass breakout alongside local Belfast actor Martin McCann. The film received critical acclaim after its first festival outing at the Galway Film Fleadh in July and will be released by Lionsgate UK on September 22nd. Pictured at the premiere are, from left to right, Joanne Kane and Una McGinn
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th September 2017 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye The premiere of new film 'MAZE' starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and directed by Stephen Burke is set to take place in Belfast on Thursday evening in association with the Belfast Film Festival. The film, inspired by the real-life story of the 1983 Maze prison break-out orchestrated by Larry Marley, saw 38 IRA prisoners attempt to escape from one of the most high-security prisons in Europe. Tom Vaughan-Lawlor stars as Larry Marley, an IRA member and chief architect of the mass breakout alongside local Belfast actor Martin McCann. The film received critical acclaim after its first festival outing at the Galway Film Fleadh in July and will be released by Lionsgate UK on September 22nd. Pictured at the premiere are, from left to right, Sinead Coyle, Stephen Burke and Orla McGardy.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th September 2017 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye The premiere of new film 'MAZE' starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and directed by Stephen Burke is set to take place in Belfast on Thursday evening in association with the Belfast Film Festival. The film, inspired by the real-life story of the 1983 Maze prison break-out orchestrated by Larry Marley, saw 38 IRA prisoners attempt to escape from one of the most high-security prisons in Europe. Tom Vaughan-Lawlor stars as Larry Marley, an IRA member and chief architect of the mass breakout alongside local Belfast actor Martin McCann. The film received critical acclaim after its first festival outing at the Galway Film Fleadh in July and will be released by Lionsgate UK on September 22nd. Pictured at the premiere are, from left to right, Orlaith Mac Eoin Nanus, Lawrence McKeown and Caoilfhionn Mac Eoin Nanus
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th September 2017 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye The premiere of new film 'MAZE' starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and directed by Stephen Burke is set to take place in Belfast on Thursday evening in association with the Belfast Film Festival. The film, inspired by the real-life story of the 1983 Maze prison break-out orchestrated by Larry Marley, saw 38 IRA prisoners attempt to escape from one of the most high-security prisons in Europe. Tom Vaughan-Lawlor stars as Larry Marley, an IRA member and chief architect of the mass breakout alongside local Belfast actor Martin McCann. The film received critical acclaim after its first festival outing at the Galway Film Fleadh in July and will be released by Lionsgate UK on September 22nd. Pictured at the premiere are, from left to right, Orlaith Mac Eoin Nanus and Caoilfhionn Mac Eoin Nanus
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th September 2017 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye The premiere of new film 'MAZE' starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and directed by Stephen Burke is set to take place in Belfast on Thursday evening in association with the Belfast Film Festival. The film, inspired by the real-life story of the 1983 Maze prison break-out orchestrated by Larry Marley, saw 38 IRA prisoners attempt to escape from one of the most high-security prisons in Europe. Tom Vaughan-Lawlor stars as Larry Marley, an IRA member and chief architect of the mass breakout alongside local Belfast actor Martin McCann. The film received critical acclaim after its first festival outing at the Galway Film Fleadh in July and will be released by Lionsgate UK on September 22nd. Pictured at the premiere are, from left to right, Paul Connolly and Anne Marie McAvoy
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th September 2017 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye The premiere of new film 'MAZE' starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and directed by Stephen Burke is set to take place in Belfast on Thursday evening in association with the Belfast Film Festival. The film, inspired by the real-life story of the 1983 Maze prison break-out orchestrated by Larry Marley, saw 38 IRA prisoners attempt to escape from one of the most high-security prisons in Europe. Tom Vaughan-Lawlor stars as Larry Marley, an IRA member and chief architect of the mass breakout alongside local Belfast actor Martin McCann. The film received critical acclaim after its first festival outing at the Galway Film Fleadh in July and will be released by Lionsgate UK on September 22nd. Pictured at the premiere are, from left to right, Michelle and Marie McGreevy

Stephen Burke's film depicting the real life escape from the Maze prison in the 1980s is now available to stream on Netflix.

The feature film, which was released in cinemas last year, is based the true story of the 1983 mass break-out of 38 IRA prisoners from HMP Maze high-security prison near Lisburn.

It stars Irish actor Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Larry Marley, the chief architect of the escape, who schemes his way towards pulling off this feat, but comes into contact with prison warder Gordon Close, played by Barry Ward. 

The film received critical acclaim after its first festival outing at the Galway Film Fleadh in July 2017. It received its Northern Ireland premiere in Belfast in September.

Vaughan-Lawlor met many of the escapees while researching the part and said the "dance" between the characters helped show talking was the best way forward.

Speaking when the film was released, he said: "I don't mean that in a flippant way, I just mean people being in rooms, talking face to face, and reading each other's sensibilities and flaws and weaknesses and fears and listening, and that is the journey of this film.

"That it charts that journey of two men who are brought together and realise that dialogue reflects back on you your own shortcomings and your own strengths and how that can hopefully bring about the resolution of conflict."

In real life, one prison officer was killed and another seriously injured during the episode.

Vaughan-Lawlor said it was not a sentimentalised or dewy-eyed account.

"There is detail and complexity and rigour and frustration and it is always an ongoing dialogue."

He said it was not a piece of propaganda.

"The heart of the film for me is this relationship and if that was not there and it was just a straight story about a prison escape I would not have had any interest in doing it, because it would have been a very slight, insensitive, boring film."

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