Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS - By MYLES BUCHANAN

A YOUNG film­maker from Ark­low has se­cured an IFCO clas­si­fi­ca­tion for his movie ‘The Lads’ which has now been booked for re­lease in four Om­ni­plex Cin­e­mas in Ire­land this Septem­ber.

Writ­ten and di­rected by Ian Adams, ‘The Lads’ was filmed with a cast of child­hood friends and all on a tiny bud­get of €260.

Classed as a dark com­edy thriller, the movies tells the story of three friends, Fionn, Paul and Scott who true to the film name are liv­ing it up. When they spend money that be­longs to some dan­ger­ous gang­sters, they end up in a sit­u­a­tion where they are fight­ing for their own sur­vival and will­ing to do what it takes to get the money back.

‘Ev­ery­one work­ing on the film or act­ing in it are friends since child­hood. We worked around our own jobs, stud­ies and col­lege to get it fin­ished. It took just un­der 18 months,’ said Adams. ‘I have been de­scrib­ing it as ‘Love Hate’ meets ‘Dumb and Dum­ber’. I think Ir­ish au­di­ences will re­ally re­late to it and ap­pre­ci­ate the hu­mour. We are de­lighted with all the pos­i­tiv­ity so far, and in­cred­i­bly grate­ful for Om­ni­plex Cin­e­mas in help­ing us achieve a four cin­ema re­lease’. Hav­ing al­ready bagged an award at The Reel Film Fes­ti­val in Cork last year where it won run­ner up fea­ture film, ‘The Lads’ has re­ceived se­ri­ous praise for its im­pres­sive pro­duc­tion on such a small bud­get.

Speak­ing about the film, Om­ni­plex Di­rec­tor Mark An­der­son said: ‘Get­ting a movie com­pleted to this level is so dif­fi­cult and Ian has achieved it with ‘The Lads’ with a mi­cro bud­get. We al­ways try to sup­port lo­cal and Ir­ish film and we are in­cred­i­bly proud to sup­port Ian as one of the Om­ni­plex team and look for­ward to see­ing what he achieves in the fu­ture’.

The cast in­cludes friends Ryan Hen­nessy, Dy­lan Han­lon, David O’Gor­man, Adam Be­han and di­rec­tor Ian Adams.

Clas­si­fied 18, ‘The Lads’ is due for re­lease on Fri­day, Septem­ber 21st at four Om­ni­plex lo­ca­tions na­tion­wide: Om­ni­plex Rath­mines, Dublin, Om­ni­plex Ma­hon Point, Cork, Om­ni­plex Lim­er­ick and in Om­ni­plex Bridge­wa­ter in Ark­low where Ian and some of the cast work.

The cast of ‘The Lads’.

‘The Lads’ was di­rected by Ian Adams.

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