Zoo (2017 film)

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Directed byColin McIvor
Produced by
  • Katy Jackson
  • Jacqueline Kerrin
  • John Leslie
  • Thomas Vencelides
  • Dominic Wright
Written byColin McIvor
Music byMark Thomas
CinematographyDamien Elliott
Edited by
Wee Buns Films
Ripple World Pictures
Distributed byEntertainment One (UK/IRL)
Samuel Goldwyn Films (USA)
Release date
CountryUnited Kingdom
Republic of Ireland
Art Parkinson (Tom) with Buster (Nellie)

Zoo is a 2018 British and Irish historical war drama film directed and written by Colin McIvor. The film stars Dame Penelope Wilton, Art Parkinson, Toby Jones, Ian O'Reilly, Ian McElhinney, Amy Huberman, and Damian O'Hare. Based on a true story, as the Belfast Blitz ravages the city, a lonely widow and awkward teenager with misfit friends take an elephant named Buster from the city zoo, and hide it behind their row house.



Principal photography on the film began in September 2016 in Belfast.[2] The film is loosely based on the story of Denise Weston Austin, Belfast Zoo's 'Elephant Angel'.[3]


On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 88%, based on 16 reviews, and an average rating of 7.2/10.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Wiseman, Andreas (11 May 2016). "'Game Of Thrones' star to lead family-adventure 'Zoo'". Screen Daily. Screen International. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  2. ^ McGonagle, Suzanne (21 September 2016). "Filming of 'Elephant angel' film Zoo starts on Belfast streets". The Irish News. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Belfast Zoo History". Belfast Zoo. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Zoo (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 22 June 2018.

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