Jane Gull and Steven Brandon were special guests at the Breaking Down Barriers Film Festival in Moscow where 'My Feral Heart' scooped Best Feature Film and Best Actor awards.

What a week it’s been!

Nov 11 Tirana International Film Festival (Albania)¬† awarded ‘My Feral Heart’ Best Panorama Film.

Nov 14 Breaking Down Barriers Film Festival (Moscow) awarded the film 2 gongs: Best Feature Film and Best Actor (Steven Brandon)

Nov 20 Cork Film Festival welcome ‘My Feral Heart’ to the 61st Cork Film Festival at their Gate Cinema (out of competition).

Producer, James Rumsey, attended Tirana International Film Festival Nov 8-11 where ‘My Feral Heart’ was screening as part of a ‘Panorama’ programme that featured a range of films on diversity. As well as being part of the standard festival programme were it attracted a fantastic audience, the film was also selected by a group of political cinema students at the university in town. A lively Q&A followed and was a real highlight of the trip… capped of by the award of course.

Director, Jane Gull and leading man Steven Brandon, were special guests at the Breaking Down Barriers Film Festival in Moscow. There they were on panels with actor R J Mitte from Breaking Bad, and Jane also lead local actors with disabilities in an acting workshop. A great time was had by all, and again capped off with not one but two top awards at the closing awards ceremony.

Meanwhile, back in the UK writer, Duncan Paveling was a busy bee attending Q&As at Brighton’s Komedia Picturehouse, Norwich Film Festival (joined by a very tired James Rumsey straight off the plane from Albania), and Bristol Vue.

Next week we await news from BAFTA on a possible nomination and look forward to the awards ceremony for the BIFAs where ‘My Feral Heart’ is nominated in three categories – Best Actor, Most Promising Newcomer (Steven Brandon) and Best Supporting Actress (Shana Swash).


BBC’s FILM REVIEW and WITTERTAINMENT critic, Mark Kermode calls MY FERAL HEART a ‘richly rewarding’ film ‘that casts a rather enchanting spell’ with accolades for Duncan Paveling’s writing, Suzanne Salavati’s cinematography, Jane Gull’s direction and a ‘brilliantly complicated and well pitched central performance’ from twice BIFA nominated Steve Brandon.

Here’s the review in full:


Shana Swash (Best Supporting Actress) and Steven Brandon (Best Actor and Most Promising Newcomer) were both recognised by BIFA with shortlist nominations.

This December 4 the great and the good from the British film industry will gather in united splendour to honour the best work from their peers at the British Independent Film Awards 2016… and it is great pride that we can announce that ‘My Feral Heart’¬† is amongst those films being honoured in no less than THREE categories:

Best Actor, Steve Brandon
Most Promising Newcomer, Steven Brandon
Best Supporting Actress, Shana Swash

With 3 BIFA nominations, ‘My Feral Heart’ is one of the more decorated of the 32 films nominated.


After universally glowing cirtitcal notices for his debut performance it was no surprise to see Steven considered for the Most Promising Newcomer BIFA. Less expected, but no less deserved, was his second nomination in the prestigious Best Actor category where Steven lines up against A-Listers Shia LaBeouf (American Honey) and Michael Fassbender (Trespass Against Us). It’s not really a fair fight, but we’re sure LaBeouf and Fassbender will bounce back soon enough!

All joking aside, the stand out contender for a clean and gentlemanly grudge match is David Johns (I, Daniel Blake). Steven finds himself dusting his shoulders off in both the Best Actor and Most Promising Newcomer category against Johns. We predict that between them they may well put the A-Listers in the shade and maybe even share the spoils… Fingers-crossed!


After universally¬†Like Steven, Shana has had nothing but praise from the critics who have fallen in love with her portrayal of Eve, that’s a ‘perky ray of sunshine’ (to quote Sight & Sound). So it really is no surprise that she too was recognised for her work by BIFA. After some spiteful and inaccurate gutter press nonsense was printed about Shana’s career last year (we’re talking about you DAILY MIRROR) this, like her cheeky retort to Pete in the film, is a resounding two finger salute to scumbag journalism and a deafening applause for a talent that was always on the rise, and shows no sign of stopping.


THANK YOU to all who helped this film come to fruition whether that be as social media champions, investors, crowdfunders, the people of Essex that loaned us their property to film on and in, or those very special individuals that brought their best work to the table under testing financial and climactic conditions… our cast and crew.


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