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An enchanting family film set in Belfast during WWII as a group of youngsters work to save Buster the baby elephant.
In this delightful film, based on a true story and set in 1941, 12-year-old Tom helps his vet father who works at Belfast’s zoo. But when his dad goes off to war and German bombing raids begin, the authorities think they must put down any dangerous animals in the zoo in case they break free. Tom and his friends are determined to save Buster the elephant by keeping him hidden. An enchanting tale of friendship and youthful determination.
(2017 Ireland / UK 97 mins)
Colin McIvor’s family-friendly third feature stars Art Parkinson (‘Game of Thrones’) and Penelope Wilton (‘Downton Abbey’) as animal lovers on a high-stakes rescue mission. The story of a group of plucky kids saving a baby elephant from German bombing raids in World War II-era Belfast might seem like the stuff of time-travel fantasy, but Colin McIvor’s winning family-friendly adventure is based on actual events during the blitz of Northern Ireland’s capital city. A lovingly crafted film with a big heart … Along with his outstanding cast, McIvor relies on immersive period details and locations, as well as tense scenes of the Belfast bombings, to re-create a believable backdrop for what Tom almost understatedly refers to as “the most unforgettable year of my life.” Justin Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter
BBFC advice: Contains mild bad language and threat
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