Love/Hate fans still in mourning for the RTÉ crime-drama will be able to see star John Connors on the big screen next month opposite EastEnders' Kierston Wareing in a new Dublin thriller, Cardboard Gangsters.

If the trailer is anything to go by, they'll get their money's worth.

The film reunites actor and documentary maker Connors with his King of the Travellers director Mark O'Connor and was co-written by the duo. 

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Set in Darndale, Cardboard Gangsters follows low-level dealer Jay Connolly (Connors) and his gang as they try to gain control of the drugs trade in the area. 

Jay Connolly and his gang

Connolly's plan is to make enough money to start a new life in Spain with his pregnant girlfriend, but when he becomes romantically involved with Kim (Wareing), the wife of local kingpin Derra Murphy (Jimmy Smallhorne), his chances of living long enough appear remote.

Kierston Wareing plays the kingpin's wife, Kim

The film won three awards - Best Actor, Best Feature Film and Film of the Festival - at the Manchester International Film Festival in March and received the Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking Award at the Newport Beach Film Festival in the US last week. 

Cardboard Gangsters has won a number of awards on the festival circuit

The Newport Beach festival said Cardboard Gangsters had "the feverish temperament of a Guy Ritchie picture, the ghetto angst of Danny Boyle's Trainspotting, and the realism of Ken Loach and Mike Leigh's finest films. Unflinching, sadistic, and unabashedly realistic".

You can judge for yourself in cinemas from Friday June 16.