As we welcome in 2017 it is with enormous pride and gratitude that we look back on what ‘My Feral Heart’ has acheived in the short 10 months since it’s award winning World Premiere at Cinequest in March to the BIFAs in December.
First, we want to look forward to what we hope will be an even better year…
2017 – A RECORD BREAKING YEAR?
‘My Feral Heart’ has been in UK cinemas since November 1, 2016. A modest stab at 10 screenings spread over one month has now topped 60 screenings and is still taking bookings for as late as April 2017.
50% of screenings, and our key partner in this success is Our Screen, the cinema-on-demand platform.
As we say farewell to 2016 we can announce that while ‘My Feral Heart’ is already the most successful Our Screen film of 2016, just 4 additional screenings via Our Screen’s site will make it their most successful film. That’s #1 out of over 400 films available on their site to date.
Record breaking screenings across the UK from Southampton to Edinburgh can be booked in advance here:
With the BAFTAs still to announce their shortlists this month, and sales interest from China, USA, and the UK we are very excited about what audiences ‘My Feral Heart’ will have reached by this time next year and what 2017 achievements we will have to look back on.
On which note, 2016 was no slouch…
2016 – THE YEAR IN PICTURES
Pictures and captions to summarise the year at a glance below, but a good place to kick-off is to put ‘My Feral Heart’ in context with the rest of the year’s releases. Who better to do that than the BBC’s Mark Kermode who included ‘My Feral Heart’ amongst his homespun indie highlights of 2016 in his half hour Film Review: A Year in Film.
For those that may have missed the programme – on the BBC News Channel and BBC Breakfast on The Beeb’s flagship channel, BBC One – it can be seen via BBC iPlayer here:
Lobby poster for UK Cinema release using quotes from largely mainstream press critical notices received during first week of release.
15 more highlights were the film festivals that ‘My Feral Heart’ was lucky enough to be selected for. A full list of the 15 festivals can be found on the SCREENINGS page of our website but special thanks to those festivals that awarded the film with gongs:
Online promotional graphic using festival review quotes.
Jane Gull (Director), Steven Brandon (Luke), Pixie Le Knot (The Girl), and Will Rastall (Pete) get ready to light up the media world on the red carpet. The team flew out en mass to celebrate this milestone and were delighted to scoop the Audience Award for Best Dramatic Feature at the he festival that USA Today readers had voted the #1 Film Festival in America in 2015. It kick-started a festival run and clutch of awards that introduced our film to an international and, in June, a domestic audience.
In 2014 Jane Gull won the Grand Prix du Jury for her short film ‘Sunny Boy’ at Entr’2 Marches – an international short film festival for films upon the theme of disability. This year she was invited back as President of the Jury. As an introduction to Jane and a celebration of her work. ‘My Feral Heart’ was screened ‘off-croisette’ in Cannes during the main festival’s fortnight. Above, Jane and Steven Brandon (Luke) outside the Palais Du Festival, home of the 69th Cannes Film Festival.
In June ‘My Feral Heart’ was unveiled to UK audiences. It’s fair to say that for British Indie films, recognition by Edinburgh International Film Festival is always going to be top of the wish list. Opening night gala at EIFF: Luis Sanchez (Exec Producer), Duncan Paveling (Writer), Steven Brandon (Luke), James Rumsey (Producer)
SOLD OUT! Just ten days after ‘My Feral Heart’ premiered at Edinburgh it took London’s East End Film Festival by storm. ‘My Feral Heart’ made EEFF history by playing to 2 packed screens simultaneoulsy, an East End Film Festival first.
‘My Feral Heart’ Director Jane Gull was the special guest at the inaugural MINDS Film Festival in Singapore. Here she is with the unstoppable, and delightful Kenneth Tan, Chairman of the Singapore Film Society. In addition to the two scheduled screenings at the festival, a third screening was put on two weeks after due to popular demand.
Producer, James Rumsey and star of ‘American Horror Story’ Jamie Brewer at the LA Lift-Off screening of ‘My Feral Heart’. Jan 6, 2017 sees the Lift-Off Global Network End of Season Awards at Pinewood Studios, UK. ‘My Feral Heart’ is nominated for 3 awards: Best Actor (Steven Brandon), Best Director, and Best Feature Film. Fingers-crossed!!
Duncan Paveling (Writer) and Gareth Stanley (Exec Producer) at Woodstock, the ‘Fiercely Independent’ Film Festival where ‘My Feral Heart’ editor Benjamin Gerstein earned an Honourable Mention.
The success of the release that Our Screen called ‘a runaway train’ is documented with poster art and review links in the introductory paragraphs above. At the risk of making Dr Mark Kermode blush, his review was certainly the most talked about and influential – along with BBC 4’s ‘TODAY’ programme’s interview with Jane Gull and Steven Brandon the day before.
Jane Gull and Steven Brandon prepare for their live interview on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
Perhaps the finest hour for our independent release was the homecoming screening that we brokered with Odeon for a screening in Southend, the cinema closest to the locations and community that are the making of ‘My Feral Heart’. The first screening sold out and a second was booked due to popular demand.
Shana Swash (Best Supporting Actress) and Steven Brandon (Best Actor and Most Promising Newcomer) were both recognised by BIFA with shortlist nominations.
Steven Brandon (back to us) and Shana Swash shine on the ‘black’ carpet at this year’s BIFAs.
Team ‘Feral’ were out in force at the BIFAs: James Rumsey (Producer), Pixie Le Knot (The Girl), Will Rastall (Pete), Gareth Stanley (Exec Producer), Gavin Thain (Exec Producer), and pictured L-R: Duncan Paveling (writer), Shana Swash (Eve), Steven Brandon (Luke), Jane Gull (director), Georgina Paveling (Assoc. Producer)
2016 IN PICTURES | 2017 IN FRONT January 2nd, 2017myferalheart