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Archive photograph of the Belfast Zoo elephant

Synopsis

In 1941 marksmen from the Royal Ulster Constabulary, following a Directive from The Ministry of Public Security, shot dead 23 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 giant rat named Hugo. During these turbulent times, a woman secretly walked a young elephant from the zoo each evening to the back yard of her terraced home. There she cared for and comforted it as the Luftwaffe bombs rained down over Belfast.
Inspired by this true story, 'Zoo' sees Tom, a 10-year-old boy, take on the fight to save Buster the elephant aided and abetted by his misfit friends.

Details

Year
2017
Type of film
Features
Director
Colin McIvor
Producer
Katy Jackson, Jacqueline Kerrin, John Leslie, Dominic Wright
Executive Producer
Mark Huffman
Screenwriter
Colin McIvor
Principal Cast
Art Parkinson, Toby Jones, Penelope Wilton

Production Company

Ireland, UK coproduction

A Ripple World Pictures (IE), Wee Buns Ltd (UK) production with support of BFI (UK), Irish Film Board (IE), Northern Ireland Screen (UK)

Wee Buns Ltd
Katy Jackson
John Leslie
44-46 Elmwood Avenue
Elmwood House Business Park
Belfast
BT9 6AZ
Northern Ireland
+44 (0)789 990 8634
katy@weebunsfilms.com
john@weebunsfilms.com
http://www.weebunsfilms.com

Sales
Company

Metro International Entertainment
Ealing Studios
16 Lincoln's Inn Fields
London
WC2A 3ED
+44 (0)20 7396 5301
sales@metro-films.com
http://www.metro-films.com