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GIFFONI FILM FESTIVAL 2018 - 20.28 july

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Category: Edition 2018

1941. Ten years-old Tom, although somewhat of a loner and a dreamer, without siblings or friends, leads a happy life. His free time revolves around helping out at the zoo where his admiration for his father's work and care for the animals is clear to all. When Tom is introduced to an orphaned elephant, Buster, a bond forms between the two. Tom’s world is turned upside down when his Father is called away to war and access to his beloved zoo is suddenly denied him. The horror of war is brought directly into Tom's life when, in the aftermath of the first German air raids on Belfast, he witnesses the summary mass slaughter of all animals considered dangerous at the zoo following a Directive from The Ministry of Public Security. Tom must act to save Buster.

Original Title ZOO
Category Official Competition
Section Elements +10
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 97'
Production Year 2017
Nationality Ireland, United Kingdom
Directed by Colin McIvor
Screenplay Colin McIvor
Director of photography Damien Elliot
Editor Brian Philip Davis, Chris Gill
Costume Design Susan Scott
Music Mark Thomas
Main cast Toby Jones
Penelope Wilton
Art Parkinson
Ian McElhinney
Amy Huberman
Damian O'Hare
Emily Flain
Produced by Katy Jackson, Jacqueline Kerrin, John Leslie, Thomas Vencelides, Dominic Wright

 regista Colin McIvorCOLIN MCIVOR
Graduated at University of Ulster in Belfast with a BA (hons) in Visual Communications, Colin McIvor's debut feature CUP CAKE (2010) won numerous international awards including First in The Best Feature Category at Rhode Island International Film Festival 2010 and The Audience Award at Belfast Film Festival 2010 amongst others. He's also written and directed a number of shorts to date including multi-award winning short CHARLOTTE'S RED (2005), BLACK TAXI, STAINLESS STEAL (2000) and NO CIGAR. As a TV commercials director, he works in Ireland, U.K. and abroad working with clients such as Lucozade, Kelloggs, Danske Bank and Konzum. He's developing a number of feature film and television projects.

Director's statement
Such an amazing true story from my own hometown really had to be told on screen. It was a fabulous experience to work with such a talented cast and crew and to know that ZOO will be seen in Italy is fantastic.


Wee Buns Ltd
(United Kingdom)
Ripple World Pictures Ltd

world sales
festival contact
Metro International Entertainment
(United Kingdom)