My Feral Heart Directed
Jane Gull UK / 2016 / 83 minutes East Coast Premiere
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Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Duncan Paveling, Gareth Stanley
How do you stop caregiving when its all you've ever known? For Luke, a young man with Down's syndrome with more than his share of charm, the death of his elderly mother brings devastating change. Taken from his home and placed in a residential facility, Luke faces the daunting task of regaining his independence and dignity. What might seem like an insurmountable challenge, and gifted with a big, though damaged heart, Luke wins back his privileges with the help of Eve, a kind aide, and groundskeeper Pete, troubled by his own family secret. Curious and compassionate, Luke stumbles upon a young woman who needs his help and lovingly cares for her in a dilapidated shed. Steven Brandon gives an astonishing performance as Luke and Jane Gull directs with warmth and humor. A beautiful film about living life to the fullest, regardless of limitations, that hits all the right notes! --Barbara Pokras, ACE
BIO: Jane Gull is a Berlinale Talent Campus alumni whose short films have been supported by the UK Film Council since 2005. Gull's refreshing brand of social realism has earned her international recognition. Her film "Sunny Boy" screened at the 2011 Woodstock FIlm Festival, won Le Grand Prix du Jury at Cannes' Entr'2 Marches and was acquired by Channel 4 and TV ARTE. Gull's feature debut , "My Feral Heart" (Audience Award Winner, Cinequest 2016), had its UK premiere in the Best of British strand at Edinburgh International Film Festival this year.
Cast/Featuring: Steven Brandon, Shana Swash, Will Rastall, Pixie Le Knot, Eileen Pollock, Suzanna Hamilton
Executive Producer(s): Kirsty Bell, Gary Phillips, Mark Vennis, Roger Bassett, Neil Fitzgerald, Peter O'Neil, Kirk Wells, Gavin Thain, Gareth Stanley, Luis Sanchez
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