Monday, 24 October 2016

With news of BIFA long-list nominations, new festival dates and the upcoming UK Cinema Release premiere, here's a press release for the film we've developed the social media campaign for, My Feral Heart...

• British Independent Film Awards: We are delighted to announce five long-list nominations: Debut Director, Debut Screenwriter, Breakthrough Producer, and two Most Promising Newcomers (Steven Brandon and Will Rastall). 

• Festival News: Selected for 2016’s Cork Film Festival (screening Nov 20th), and London’s women-in-film Underwire Film Festival (screening Dec 1st). 

• People-powered UK Cinema Release: In this hugely competitive era, the release runs largely via the cinema-on-demand platform The screenings only go ahead only when sufficient pre-sales of tickets are reached, so we are calling for champions to support this fresh and original release strategy of an equally fresh and original film…. 

• …And The People have Spoken: Six screenings have already been confirmed by the British public, and they have also added 11 additional dates and venues at the time of this release. Please go to for details. 

• Independent Cinemas in England, Scotland, and Wales have also booked dates. See the Screenings section of for details. 

My Feral Heart, the small British Indie film with a mighty heart that ‘everyone is talking about’ goes on release with a Celebrity Gala Screening at London Stratford’s Picturehouse, on November 1st, the same day the BIFA Shortlist is announced. 

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 Steven Brandon in an impressive debut as ‘Luke’. The film boasts a strong supporting cast which includes Shana Swash (EastEnders), Will Rastall (Hollyoaks, Game of Thrones), Eileen Pollock (Far and Away, Bread), Suzanna Hamilton (1984, Out of Africa) and the UK’s top contortionist and actress Pixie Le Knot (It Never Sleeps, Game of Thrones) as The Girl. 

SYNOPSIS: ‘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.’ Taken from Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016 programme for ‘Best of British’ 

BACKGROUND: My Feral Heart is an original screenplay which blends social realism with an element of fantasy born out of innocence. Writer Duncan Paveling 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 while this is 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 couldn’t get on board fast 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 Syndrome was secondary to me, it’s just a very unique and human story.”

Check for screenings near you and pre-book your tickets now via OurScreen. Pre-booking your tickets is VITAL because, without confirmed numbers, some OurScreen screenings won't go ahead. Find out more about the innovative new "people powered cinema".

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My Feral Heart
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