Death of a Superhero

Based on Anthony McCarten’s novel of the same name, ‘Death of a Superhero’ tells the story of Donald Clarke, a terminally ill teenager who craves sex and adventure.

Realising that time is limited, Donald escapes from the harsh realities of life to his illustrated comic adventures. Directed by Ian Fitzgibbon (Perrier’s Bounty), the feature was shot on location in Ireland during October 2010.

The film’s cast members include Andy Serkis (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy), Thomas Brodie Sangster (Love Actually, Nowhere Boy), Aisling Loftus (Dice), Jessica Schwarz (Perfume, Off Beat), and Irish actor Michael McElhatton (Parked, Happy Ever Afters).

Edited by Tony Cranstoun here at Screen Scene with Alan Frier assisting, ‘Death of a Superhero’ is a co-production between Irish production company Grand Pictures and Germany’s Bavaria Pictures and was produced by Michael Garland, Astrid Kahmke and Philipp Kreuzer.

The movie made its worldwide debut at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011, where it gained rave reviews, and went on to scoop the Audience Choice Prize and Young Jury Prize at Les Arcs European Film Festival, as well as the Special Jury Award for actress Aisling Loftus during JDIFF.