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ANTON (2008)
Anton is an explosive and gripping thriller inspired by true events. After time spent at sea, Anton O’Neill returns to find that 1970s Ireland is a radically different place to the one he left behind. Northern Ireland is in flames, and civil unrest has spilled south of the border to his beloved home in County Cavan. Blinded by hatred and misguided patriotism Anton is led into an illicit world of violence and is forced to choose between his family and his country. Hunted and on the run, he is drawn into a shocking battle of wills with the law and his former accomplices, ending in an explosive showdown in which he must risk everything to protect the woman he loves.

Anton had a 3-week nationwide domestic release to great critical acclaim and has been picked up for international sales by Eastwest Distribution in London, selling to several territories worldwide already under the title "Trapped". Its DVD release at Christmas in 2009 hit the top 10 DVD sales charts.

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What the critics said:
Beautifully directed by Graham Cantwell. Impressive cinematography and a heartbreaking score
 - The Dubliner

The film's period setting is impeccable, from the flared trousers to the grainy cinematography, while the performances are stand-out. In its swooping, scenic shots, action scenes and use of soundtrack Anton reveals true talent in the form of director Graham Cantwell
 - Metro

A very accomplished first feature, powerful, smart and impressive, beautifully shot
 - Michael Doherty, RTE

A confident debut feature, commendably unpredictable. Captures a festering atmosphere of bigotry and misguided patriotism.
 - The Irish Times

Well paced and moodily shot, believably recreates the paranoid atmosphere of the borders in the 1970s. One of the better troubles films to date
 - The Independant

An impressive debut with stirring performances
 - The Sunday Times

A powerful thriller made with originality and gusto
 - Irish Examiner

A call to arms to the indigenous Irish film industry. Vivid cinematography and strong performances make for a compelling drama
 - TV Now

Director Graham Cantwell rarely lets the tension ease, building the drama to a fine and satisfying conclusion
 - Boston Irish Film Festival

An explosive and gripping thriller
 - The Galway Film Fleadh

A slick and pacy thriller
 - Entertainment.ie

A slick, gripping and thought-provoking thriller, sure to inspire Irish film-makers for years to come
- Dublinks.com

An authentically made Irish history thriller
- Channel 6
 

 

 


Graham with actor Gerard McSorley
 

Anton
Directed by Graham Cantwell
Written by Anthony Fox
Produced by Patrick Clarke
Executive producers Pat McArdle & Gerard McSorley

Nominated for three Irish Film and Television Academy Awards 2009
- Best Cinematography
- Best Score
- Best Supporting Actor (Gerard McSorley)

Official Selection
Galway Film Fleadh
Foyle International Film Festival
Boston Irish Film Festival
Clones Film Festival


International DVD cover with Trapped title

 

 

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