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DeLorean movie Driven to close Venice Film Festival

Driven looks at the real-life story of car-maker John DeLorean. Credit: Driven

A new film about car-maker John DeLorean, written by Co Down’s Colin Bateman and directed by Belfast’s Nick Hamm, is set to close the Venice International Film Festival.

The movie, set in late 1970s/early 80s California, is billed as a wickedly comedic look at a bromance gone bad.

Based on the true story, it charts the meteoric rise of John DeLorean and his iconic DeLorean Motor Company, and his friendship with charming ex-con turned FBI informant Jim Hoffman.

The writer/director duo of Bateman and Hamm were also behind The Journey, which blurred the lines between truth and fiction in its look at the unlikely friendship between DUP stalwart Ian Paisley Senior and Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness.

The Journey starred Colm Meaney and Timothy Spall as Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness. Credit: Pacemaker

Writing on Facebook, Bateman said he was “absolutely thrilled” that Driven would have its world premiere in Venice.

“Venice is one of the most important film festivals in the world and to even be there is a huge honour, let alone being the closing film,” he said.

“It’s something of a miracle that it got made at all, as a couple of days into shooting in Puerto Rico, the island was devastated by a massive hurricane.

“But the cast and crew battled through terrible conditions to not only finish the film, but to provide much-needed employment and support for the shell-shocked local community.”

Driven stars Lee Pace (whose past credits include The Hobbit and Guardians of the Galaxy) as John DeLorean himself, Jason Sudeikis as Jim Hoffman and Corey Stoll (from House of Cards and The Strain) as his FBI handler.