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Zoo

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Shoot Dates August 2016 - September 2016
Writer Colin McIvor
Director Colin McIvor
Producer Katy Jackson and John Leslie
Director of Photography Damien Elliott
Editor Chris Gill and Brian Philip Davis
Main Cast Penelope Wilton, Toby Jones, Art Parkinson, Damian O'Hare, Amy Huberman, Stephen Hagan.
Locations Belfast Zoo, Belfast Docks, Belfast Castle, Loanends Farm, Strand Cinema, St Anne's Cathedral, KBL Mill
Contacts Sales Agent: Metro International
Distributor: Eone

Zoo

Status: Completed

Based on a true story. Twelve year old TOM and his misfit friends fight to save BUSTER the baby elephant during the German air raid bombings of Belfast in 1941.

In 1941 marksmen from the Royal Ulster Constabulary, following a Directive from The Ministry of Public Security, shot dead 33 animals at Belfast Zoo. They destroyed one hyena, six wolves, one puma, one tiger, one black bear, one Barbary lion, two polar bears, one lynx and a giant rat named Hugo. During these turbulent times, a woman secretly walked a young elephant from the zoo each evening to the backyard of her terraced home. There, she cared for and comforted it as the Luftwaffe bombs rained down over Belfast. This is a true story… and the setting for Zoo.

Seen through the eyes of 12 year old Tom, aided and abetted by his misfit friends, this moving adventure unfolds as Tom takes on the fight to save Buster the elephant.

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