Down’s Syndrome Actor Steven Brandon Shines in Lead Role of Captivating British Feature Film MY FERAL HEART
Hot on the heels of news that Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016 will host the UK premiere of MY FERAL HEART in its ‘Best of British’ section, we are now proud to announce its London premiere at the capital’s East End Film Festival, one of the UK’s largest film festivals, which will run from 23 June – 3rd July.
MY FERAL HEART will screen on 28th June 18:30 at the Genesis Cinema. A Q&A follows the screening.
MY FERAL HEART is one of only a few films to cast an actor with a disability in a lead role. Written by Duncan Paveling, directed by award-winning Jane Gull, produced by James Rumsey with music by composer Barrington Pheloung (MORSE, ENDEAVOUR, HILARY & JACKIE), MY FERAL HEART stars Down Syndrome actor Steven Brandon in an impressive debut as ‘Luke’.
‘A sudden bereavement throws Luke, a fiercely independent young man with Down’s syndrome, into a daunting new environment where he finds unexpected support from his feisty, streetwise carer and a local heir dealing with his own demons. As friendships bloom and long-buried secrets are revealed, Luke verges dangerously close to disaster. My Feral Heart is a beautifully realised, understated character study bolstered by strong performances, distinctive cinematography and a deeply evocative score.’ - Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016 Programme Synopsis
‘A moving story of the importance of embracing life and people, featuring a brilliant turn from newcomer Steven Brandon.’ East End Film Festival 2016
‘A truly heart-warming tale of friendship and independence, My Feral Heart is pure delight.’ Cinequest Film Festival 2016
MY FERAL HEART is an original screenplay by Duncan Paveling which blends social realism with an element of fantasy born out of innocence. Duncan says: “My inspiration came from the similarities and experiences that we all share, regardless of needs. This story is about ‘ability’, not ‘disability’.”
“The script’s originality and characters inspired me to choose this film as my debut feature”, explains Jane Gull. “I am attracted to stories that explore the human condition, and despite this being a film about loss I could see that the main character and the story itself could be treated with humour and an underlying sense of hope.”
“I could not get on board quick enough!” says producer James Rumsey. “I was captivated by the honesty, humanity, and humour of Duncan’s script within the first six pages. The fact Luke has Down’s Syndrome was secondary to me, it’s just a very unique and human story.”
With a strong supporting cast which includes Shana Swash (EastEnders), Will Rastall (Hollyoaks), Eileen Pollock (Far and Away, Bread), Suzanna Hamilton (1984, Out of Africa) and Pixie Le Knot (It Never Sleeps, Game of Thrones) as The Girl, MY FERAL HEART has already garnered recognition and awards in the USA where it had its world premiere.
• Edinburgh International Film Festival Screening info
Wednesday 15 June 09:15 Odeon 4 (Press & Industry Screening)
Friday 17 June 18:10 Odeon 4 (Public Screening)
Saturday 18 June 18:05 Filmhouse 2 (Public Screening)
Wednesday 22 June 13:15 Odeon 4 (Press & Industry Screening)
• Future international premieres & screenings include:
• Spain Premiere - Madrid International Film Festival July 2-9, 2016
Nominated for: BEST DIRECTOR, JURY PRIZE, BEST ORIGINAL SCORE, BEST ACTOR.
• Asian Premiere – Singapore - July 29, 2016
MY FERAL HEART screens at the opening night gala for a week of films about learning difficulties organised by the Singapore Film Society.
• National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC) Film Festival, Orlando July 21-24 2016 After an award winning world premiere in the US the film returns to inspire the international DS community at the 44th NDSC convention.
• The film has strong ‘Women in Film’ credentials with award-winning director Jane Gull making her feature film debut, and Susanne Salavati as Director of Photography. The film also features highly experienced and respected actors Eileen Pollock and Suzanna Hamilton.
• MY FERAL HEART has the support of the National Down Syndrome Congress, an international organisation based in the US, and Mencap in the UK which run their initiative Learning Disability Week – appropriately this year’s theme is friendships and relationships – from 20 to 26 June
• Sales by Moviehouse Entertainment
• Executive Producers - Goldfinch Entertainment