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Q&A with Robot Overlords Director Jon Wright for Into Film Clubs

Posted on 06th February 2015 | Cinemagic NewsPress Releases

Young film enthusiasts from Into Film Clubs enjoyed a special visit at Ashfield Girls' High School from Belfast born Robot Overlords film director, Jon Wright.

The pupils from Ashfield Girls' High School, Belfast Model School for Girls and Ballyclare Secondary School participated in a filmmaking Q&A, hosted by Brian Henry Martin, ahead of this weekend's Belfast Film Festival drive-in screenings in two locations at Carrickfergus Castle and in Donaghadee which were used when the film was shot in Northern Ireland in 2013.

The preview screenings celebrate the upcoming release of the film on 27th March and are supported with funding from Northern Ireland Screen and are presented in partnership with Cinemagic, Signature Entertainment, Embankment and BFI.

Into Film Clubs in Northern Ireland is a Northern Ireland Screen after-school initiative designed to reduce disadvantage and is funded by DCAL and managed by Cinemagic & The Nerve Centre

Using the UK’s largest outdoor LED screen and stereo sound broadcast through the car radio, Carrickfergus Castle (7th February 2015 8PM) will be transformed into a huge drive-in cinema for our most ambitious screening to date!

Director Jon Wright will be in town for the Carrickfergus screening to welcome audience members and introduce his film. Jon Wright is Belfast born Director and writer best known for Tormented (2009) and most recently Grabbers, the 2012 surprise hit film which told a story about the residents of an island off the coast of Ireland who’s only way of surviving an invasion of blood sucking aliens is to stay drunk.

The second screening will take place in Donaghadee (8th February 2015 12:30pm), a short distance from the seafront, which locals will no doubt recognise on screen.

Starring Gillian Anderson and Ben Kingsley, Robot Overlords, which is not on general release until the 27th March, is a home-grown homage to the action adventure films of the '80s, packed with incredible special effects and rebellious excitement for all ages.


The adults lost the war and now the kids must save the world! Robots rule the streets and the people are locked in their homes. Stepping outside risks being vapourised by a hulking sentry or picked off by a lethal sniper.
Through the ruins of Britain, a group of kids, led by Callan McAuliffe (The Great Gatsby), set out to join the Resistance. Hot on their heels, however, is their old teacher turned robot collaborator Mr Smythe, played by Ben Kingsley (Iron Man 3) and his captive Gillian Anderson (The X-Files)

Prices for the screenings are: £14 for two people in a car; £20 for three people and £22 for four or more.  Tickets for the event are available online (wwww.belfastfilmfestival.org) by telephone on (028 9032 5913) or in person at the Belfast Welcome Centre (9 Donegall Square North, Belfast BT1 5GJ)

Ends:// Press Information: Cinemagic Press Officer: Claire Shaw, claire@cinemagic.org.uk

For further information or to discuss Robot Overords interview opportunities, please contact Damian Connor on (M) 0753620626 (t) 028 9032 5913 (e) damian@belfastfilmfestival.org

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