King of the Travellers

  • Film
  • Drama
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This ambitious low-budget drama set in the Irish Traveller community has shades of ‘The Godfather’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’. Trouble is, a bit of ‘Father Ted’ slips in there too, with some unintentionally hilarious lines and cardboard-stiff amateurish acting.

John Connors is John Paul, a young ex boxer who could have been a contender, but who now makes do fighting bareknuckle bouts. When a rival clan rumoured to have been responsible for his dad’s murder settle their caravans on a nearby site, he swears revenge – and promptly falls in love with the head of the family’s daughter. There are some gnarly authentic lines here – ‘I’d break your neck like a twig, boyo’ – and a decent twist, but ‘King of the Travellers’ is punching above its weight.

Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday March 29 2013
Duration: 80 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Mark O'Connor
Screenwriter: Mark O'Connor
Cast: Michael Collins
Thomas Collins
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