BREAKING NEWS: BRANDON WINS AGAIN! Steven wins ‘BEST ACTOR’ at the National Film Awards

On Wednesday 29th March 2017, Steven Brandon took home the award for ‘Best Actor’ at the annual National Film Awards, ahead of Michael Fassbender, Daniel Radcliffe & Eddie Redmayne, another amazing achievement considering the scale of films we were in competition with. In addition, every category was voted for by the public, with a record 3.1million votes registered this awards season, so a huge thank you to everyone that registered and cast their vote; incredible support.
The event was held at the Porchecster Hall, London, which saw a variety of awards presented to an array of screen talent talent, including ‘Lifetime Achievement’ awards for Sir David Jason & Nicholas Lyndhurst, Simon Pegg for his contribution to film & Ricky Gervais (David Brent: Life on the Road) for ‘Best Comedy’.
In his acceptance speech, Steven was quick to thank Michael Fassbender for ‘letting him win’, whilst a special thanks went out to our Director Jane Gull, Writer Duncan Paveling, Producer James Rumsey, Penni Bubb (The Mushroom Theatre Company) where he first discovered his love for acting (‘on a Wednesday’) and of course his ‘Mum and Dad’.  Steven rounded off but dedicating his award to ‘all the feral team’ as well as a cheeky finale in thanking Sir David Jason for voting for him.
A special mention must also go out to one of our other cast members, Shana Swash also nominated last night (Best Supporting Actress), who sadly (on this occasion) missed out, but her excitement and support of Steven’s win, again displayed the respect and appreciation of each others work.
A full list of winners will soon be posted at: www.nationalfilmawards.org and the event will be screened in April on Sky Showcase, so be sure to follow us on social media to find out when and
where.
Once again, thank you to everyone that voted, creating yet another special event in the My Feral Heart journey.

 

BREAKING NEWS: WORLD DOWN SYNDROME DAY 2017: ‘LAST CHANCE’ SCREENINGS ANNOUNCED

Tuesday 21 March 2017 marks the 12th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. On this day events take place around the world to celebrate individuals with Down Syndrome (DS).

To commemorate World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), on March 21st the Down Syndrome Research Foundation UK (DSRF UK)* and the Don’t Screen Us Out (DSUO)* campaign are proudly presenting over fifty last-chance screenings of our “poignant and beautifully acted” (The Observer) film.

Steven Brandon, is of course an actor who has Down Syndrome and despite this perceived ‘disability’ received two BIFA nominations, a National Film Awards nomination, and universal praise from film critics for his central performance as Luke. BBC Film Critic, Mark Kermode called his portrayal of Luke ‘absolutely terrific’.

Lynn Murray, the spokesperson for the Don’t Screen Us Out campaign, said “My Feral Heart illustrates how we all face challenges regardless of our background, and genetic make-up. Its success as a film about ‘ability’ not ‘disability’ has meant that the international DS community, and especially DSUO’s thousands of supporters, have connected passionately with the film”.

£1 from every ticket sold for WDSD screenings will be donated to DSRF UK in support of DSUO.

*Down Syndrome Research Foundation UK is the only UK charity seeking to carry out therapeutic research for people with Down syndrome to help improve the quality of their lives.

*Don’t Screen Us Out is an umbrella campaign aiming to stop prenatal discrimination and ensure that the rights of people living with Down’s syndrome are respected by everyone.

LAST CHANCE TO MAKE SCREENINGS HAPPEN AT A CINEMA NEAR YOU!

In partnership with ourscreen, the cinema-on-demand website: Vue, Picturehouses, and ODEON are amongst the venues making screenings available nationwide. As with all ourscreen events the screenings will only go ahead if sufficient presales of tickets are met. Cinemagoers will have until March 12 to make these charitable screenings happen.

BOOK ONLINE TO MAKE SCREENINGS HAPPEN

We have chosen March 21 (WDSD) as a fitting finale to My Feral Heart’s breakout big-screen success story. So these fundraising screenings will be the last chance to see the film on the big screen in the UK for the time-being.

Due to public demand, over 100 screenings will have taken place before it leaves our cinemas though, a swell of support that prompted ourscreen to dub it “a runaway train”. The film won hearts and minds from Cornwall to The Shetlands as it smashed all previous ourscreen records to become the ‘people powered cinema’ site’s top performing film of all-time.

WHAT THE CRITICS HAVE BEEN SAYING SINCE MY FERAL HEART WAS RELEASED LAST YEAR

‘A RICHLY REWARDING FILM… SEEK IT OUT’ BBC Film Critic Mark Kermode
‘★★★★ – POIGNANT & BEAUTIFULLY ACTED’ The Observer
‘A LACY WORK OF DELICACY’ Guardian Online
‘COOLY ACCOMPLISHED’ Screen International
‘SWASH & RASTALL ARE FIRST RATE’ Variety
‘POETIC CINEMATOGRAPHY’ Sight & Sound
‘WONDROUSLY NATURAL & INSIGHTFUL’ Radio Times
‘★★★★ -BRANDON IS UTTERLY CAPTIVATING’ Cine Vue
‘★★★★ -A REVELATION IN INDIE FILMMAKING’ Movie Review World
‘REFRESHINGLY POSITIVE’ Total Film
‘A SPELLBINDING FILM’ Shooting People

 

BACKGROUND TO WDSD, DSUO, DSRF UK, and OURSCREEN

WHY MARCH 21?
The date for World Down Syndrome Day being the 21st day of the 3rd month, was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.

#MyVoiceMyCommunity #WDSD17
WDSD 2017 focuses on enabling people with Down syndrome (and those who advocate for them) to speak up, be heard and influence government policy and action, to ensure that they can be included, on a full and equal basis with others, in all aspects of society. This mirrors the intentions of DSUO.

DSUO & DSRF UK
Don’t Screen Us Out (DSUO) is a campaign supported by the Down Syndrome Research Foundation UK (DSRF UK). The campaign lobbies Parliament in the UK to think again about introducing a new cfDNA antenatal test. Current law allows a pregnancy for a baby tested to have DS to be terminated up to full-term. The UK government’s proposed cfDNA screening implementation is projected to result in a profound increase in the number of children with Down syndrome screened out by termination. The DSUO campaign calls for MPs to sign the Early Day Motion calling for a delay to the implementation before it’s too late. This has already happened in Iceland where 100% of unborn babies tested to have DS are terminated.

The Don’t Screen Us Out campaign has proudly supported My Feral Heart since its UK premiere at Edinburgh International Film Festival last June. “The film demonstrates the issues faced by people with Down syndrome in a society that continues to hold institutionalised, and outdated views about learning disability” says DSUO spokesperson Lynn Murray “and in the portrayal of Luke’s story, shows exactly why DSUO advocates equality for people with Down syndrome in a world where antenatal screening has fostered discrimination for those living with the condition”.

Antenatal screening technologies have led to a dearth of Down syndrome research, and the Down Syndrome Research Foundation (DSRF UK) are continually challenged to fund therapeutic research to help improve the outlook. “We were delighted to be asked by My Feral Heart producer James Rumsey to collaborate with his company Rum Jam Films, and ‘people powered cinema’ service ourscreen on fundraising screenings to celebrate WDSD this year. Please come and see this heart-warming film, celebrate World Down syndrome Day, and consider how we can improve the future for people like Luke” urges spokesperson for DSRF UK, Elizabeth Corcoran.

For more info on the DSUO campaign: http://dontscreenusout.org/
DSUO Contact: Lynn Murray | dontscreenusout@gmail.com

For more info or to donate to Down Syndrome Reasearch Foundation: http://www.dsrf-uk.org/
DSRF UK Contact: Elizabeth Corcoran | elizabeth.corcoran@dsrf-uk.org

OURSCREEN
ourscreen enables film fans to take control of their local cinema. In three easy steps (pick a film –
decide where and when – share your screening), we’re all able to create film screenings, for either
just our friends, or anybody who wants to come. ourscreen is available in over 65 cinemas across the country and has access to over 10,000 titles. If enough people book tickets the screening happens.

Contact: Yoel Noorali | yoel.noorali@ourscreen.com | Website: www.ourscreen.com

AWARDS NEWS: NATIONAL FILM AWARDS UK 2016 NOMINATIONS: VOTE BRANDON & SWASH

Hot on the heels of their BIFA 2016 nominations Steven Brandon and Shana Swash have been nominated for the National Film Awards UK 2016 (Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress respectively).

They will go toe-to-toe with A-Listers such as: Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Daniel Radcliffe, Eddie Redmayne, Joanna Lumley, Gemma Arteton, and Naomie Harris…. but unlike other awads, the National Film Awards recipients are voted for by the public.

Kevin Spacey “The most important aspect to the National Film Awards is that the National Film Academy has opened it to the public. The fact that it is voted for by the members of the public who ultimately are our core audience makes it one of the most valuable platforms”

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER & VOTE FOR STEVEN BRANDON & SHANA SWASH TODAY!

The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on March 29, 2017.

The National Film Awards UK  is an annual awards ceremony produced by the National Film Academy to celebrate  the achievements of established and independent film makers , actors , actresses, casting directors , production companies and crew who make up the motion picture industry.

Nominations & Voting Process:
The National Film Awards is one of the only motion picture award shows to offer the public an opportunity to both nominate and vote for all categories.

BREAKING NEWS: OURSCREEN’S #1 FILM OF ALL TIME

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We’re delighted to announce that ‘My Feral Heart’ has become the UK’s most successful ‘cinema-on-demand’ film of all-time.

Our UK theatrical release was planned in partnership with ‘people-powered’ online platform ourscreen with a planned 10 screenings across the month of November 2016, inspired largely by the achievements of fellow indie-Brit ‘Northern Soul’ with their ourscreen campaign.

‘My Feral Heart’ has now surpassed our guiding light ‘Northern Soul’ (2014) and previous chart-topper ‘What We Do In The Shadows’ (2014).

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank ourscreen for their ground-breaking platform, allowing audiences the opportunity to see films that would not been seen theatrically without distribution or in the mainstream. The people have spoken and you really can’t argue with that!

The initial aim of self-distributing though was to persuade critics to review our film, something vital to the future success of any independent feature. Without being able to schedule the initial 10 ‘potential’ screenings via ourscreen we simply would not have been able to launch a press offensive with any teeth, not on a budget we could afford.

Mark Kermode has been one of the film’s biggest champions and published this video report as part of his ‘Kermode Uncut’ Vlog for the BBC:

David Kapur, co-founder of ourscreen, commented: “We’re thrilled by the success of My Feral Heart. It’s inspiring to see such an independent film accomplish all that it has done on the ourscreen website. It sets an incredible example for other independent filmmakers using ourscreen to release their film, and shows them exactly what’s possible.”

You can visit ourscreen.com/film/my-feral-heart to book tickets to future screenings of My Feral Heart, or create your own ones.

We’d also like to thank everyone involved, from our cast/crew, friends/family, organisations & all of our audiences members.

Thank you all for your incredible support throughout & helping us reach this landmark.

From all the ‘Feral’ team,

THANK YOU!

BREAKING NEWS: WE HAVE ‘LIFT-OFF’! 2017 BEGINS WITH 3 AWARDS AT PINEWOOD EVENT

Last night team ‘Feral’ kicked off 2017 in style at the The Lift-Off Global Network 2016 Season Awards at Pinewood Studios.

‘My Feral Heart’ was nominated in three categories and walked away with all three:

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE FILM
BEST DIRECTOR (Jane Gull)
BEST ACTOR (Steven Brandon)

Huge thanks to the entire Lift-Off Global Network team and special thanks to the founders, our new friends, James Bradley and Ben Pohlman.

Lift-Off is a filmmaker focused, global film festival with events in 10 cities throughout the calendar year that culminates in the end of season awards.

Check it out and submit, they’re on your side!

http://www.lift-off-festivals.com/

Our multi-award winning film can still be seen at cinemas in the UK. Please click on the ‘SCREENINGS’ tab above for details.

NEW YEAR REVIEW: 2016 IN PICTURES | 2017 IN FRONT

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.

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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:

https://www.ourscreen.com/film/My-Feral-Heart

2017: AWARDS, BROADCAST & DISTRIBUTION

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:

BBC FILM REVIEW 2016: A YEAR IN FILM by Mark Kermode
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Dr Kermode has been a tremendous champion for ‘My Feral Heart’ and we are all speechless with gratitude.

His review on BBC Radio 5’s Wittertainment Show was one of our highlights, along with the numerous other kind words from the likes of The Observer, The Radio Times, Total Film, Screen International, Sight & Sound, Shooting People as well as some of the leading film review blogs: Movie Review World, Cine Vue, and Filmuforia. All of which made it onto our poster design at one stage or another…

Lobby poster for UK Cinema release using quotes from largely mainstream press critical notices received during first week of release.

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:

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Online promotional graphic using festival review quotes.

 

1. March: Audience Award winning World Premiere at Cinequest, USA

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.

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.

2. March: ‘My Feral Heart’ closes Fargo Film Festival to standing ovation

James Rumsey (Producer) and Steven Brandon (Luke) at Fargo Film Festival Closing Night Gala. where 'My Feral Heart' was awarded Honourable Mention Best Dramatic Feature.

James Rumsey (Producer) and Steven Brandon (Luke) at Fargo Film Festival Closing Night Gala. where ‘My Feral Heart’ was awarded Honourable Mention Best Dramatic Feature.

 

3.YES WE CANNES! EUROPEAN PREMIERE, ENTR’2 MARCHES

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.

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.

4. June: ‘Best of British’ selection for UK Premiere at Edinburgh International Film Festival

Opening night gala at EIFF: Luis Sanchez (Exec Producer), Duncan Paveling (Writer), Steven Brandon (Luke), James Rumsey (Producer)

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)

5. June: UK Premiere Announced on ITV’s Lorraine Show

Steven Brandon and his parents on ITV's Lorraine Show, with Lorraine Kelly.

Steven Brandon and his parents on ITV’s Lorraine Show, with Lorraine Kelly.

6. June: SOLD OUT – London Premiere at East End Film Festival

SOLD OUT! 'My Feral Heart' plays to 2 packed screens simultaneoulsy. An EEFF first.

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.

7. July: ‘My Feral Heart’ Opening Night Gala for MINDS Film Festival Singapore

'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.

‘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.

8. USA Take 2: LA Lift-Off and Editing Honours at Woodstock, NY

Producer, James Rumsey and star of 'American Horror Story' Jamie Brewer at the LA Lift-Off screening of 'My Feral Heart'. Jan 6 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!!

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.

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.

9. Nov-Date: UK Cinema Release via Our Screen and Independent Screens

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.

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.

10. Nov: Festival Awards from Russia (and Albania) with Love

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.

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.

11. Oct-Dec: The BIFAs – 10 longlist and 3 shortlist nominations

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

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.

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)

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)

 

 

 

BREAKING NEWS: #1 OUR SCREEN FILM OF 2016. NEW 2017 DATES ADDED!

It’s official, ‘My Feral Heart’ was the most successful Our Screen (cinema-on-demand) film of 2016:

http://letterboxd.com/ourscreen/year/2016/

While this is a very fancy feather in our collective cap, there is every possibility that ‘My Feral Heart’ will shortly leap-frog the brilliantly funny ‘What We Do in The Shadows’ to become the most successful people-powered-cinema title of all time in the UK.

Please spread the word to ensure that out little film with a big heart gets an even handsomer feather to stick in our collective cap. Dates and venues that need your support in ticket sales in 2017 can all be found on Our Screen’s ‘My Feral Heart’ bookings page:

www.OurScreen.com/film/My-Feral-Heart

These just added:

Jan 14 – Leicester Vue (18:30)
Jan 15 – Picturehouse Central (21:00) CONFIRMED
Jan 16 – The Ritzy, Brixton (18:00)
Jan 18 – Cinema & Co, Swansea (20:00)
Jan 29 – Genesis Cinema, East London (13:00)
Jan 30 – Harbour Lights Picturehouse, Southampton (18:00)
Feb 4 – Crouch End Picturehouse (12:00)
Feb 5 – Picturehouse at FACT, Liverpool (12:00)
Feb 6 – Hackney Picturehouse (18:00)
Feb 6 – AMC Manchester (19:30)
Feb 6 – Duke’s at Komedia, Brighton (21:00)
Feb 8 – Greenwich Picturehouse (18:00)
Feb 8 – The Cameo, Edinburgh (21:00)

Thank you for your record-breaking support!

FESTIVAL AWARDS NEWS: ALBANIA & RUSSIA HONOURS AS CORK AWAITS!

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).

REVIEW NEWS: ‘MY FERAL HEART’ CASTS AN ‘ENCHANTING SPELL’ ON MARK KERMODE

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:

BREAKING NEWS: BRANDON & SWASH MAKE BIFA SHORTLISTS

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.

 

STEVEN BRANDON – LUKE
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!

 

SHANA SWASH – EVE
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.

 

FESTIVAL NEWS: ‘MY FERAL HEART’ TO SCREEN AT TIRANA, CORK, AND UNDERWIRE

November just got a lot busier for team Feral!

In addition to our UK Cinema Release on November 1 (click SCREENINGS above for all the details) AND the BIFA nods for MY FERAL HEART, we are thrilled that the film will feature at three more important film festivals in before the end of 2016.

The film will screen at:

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The 14th Tirana International Film Festival, Albania – November 9

The 61st Cork Film Festival, Ireland – November 20

 Underwire Film Festival at The Arthouse Cinema, Crouch End, London – December 1

 

Huge thanks to all involved with the above festivals, we’re looking forward to screening MY FERAL HEART to your audiences, and for some of us to meet you!

For details on how to book tickets go please visit the festival websites by clicking the festivals links above.

BREAKING NEWS: ‘MY FERAL HEART’ RECEIVES FIVE BIFA LONG-LIST NOMINATIONS

We are delighted to announce that ‘My Feral Heart’ has been long-listed for 5 British Independent Film Awards in the following categories (click on each award for more details):

The Douglas Hickox Award (Debut Director) – Jane Gull

Most Promising Newcomer – Steven Brandon

Most Promising Newcomer – Will Rastall

Debut Screenwriter – Duncan Paveling

Breakthrough Producer – James Rumsey

Only the debut awards long-lists have been announced. These, and all other shortlisted nominations will be announced November 1….

….Watch this space!

BREAKING NEWS: UK CINEMA RELEASE ANNOUNCED

In the face of a brutally competitive era for the independent film where distributors want all ancillary rights as well as ‘star’ names to commit to a distribution deal, we have scheduled an independent release.

It will be run largely via the cinema-on-demand platform Our Screen (www.ourscreen.com) and take the form of a tour of key UK cities across the month of November 2016.

Screenings will only go ahead if sufficient presales of tickets are reached and so we are calling for champions to support this fresh and original release strategy of an equally fresh and original film!

Releasing through Our Screen’s cinema-on-demand platform empowers the public to make a screening happen in their area if one has not been scheduled. All they have to do is go to the Our Screen site, select our film, and select from the dates at a venue near them to allow bookings to be taken. Once the threshold is reached in any venue the event is accepted by the venue.

PLEASE NOTE:
PRE-SALES ARE ESSENTIAL FOR SCHEDULED SCREENINGS TO GO AHEAD. ONLINE TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE OUR SCREEN ‘MY FERAL HEART’ BOOKINGS PAGE:

https://www.ourscreen.com/film/My-Feral-Heart

OTHER CONFIRMED DATES & VENUES AT INDEPENDENT SCREENS IN THE UK TO FOLLOW – KEEP AN EYE ON ‘THE SCREENINGS’ SECTION OF OUR SITE & FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA TO KEEP UP-TO-DATE.

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BREAKING NEWS: WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL

We are delighted & honoured to announce our selection in the ‘Narrative Feature’ section at this years Woodstock Film Festival (13th-16th October). Our selection sees us alongside and ‘in competition’ with some terrific films including the already ‘Oscar’ tipped ‘Loving’ (Dir: Jeff Nichols – starting Joel Egderton) and ‘Blind’ (starring Alec Baldwin & Demi Moore). The festival also boasts the attendance of Catherine Hardwicke (Dir: Twilight, Miss You Already) and the 2 time Oscar winner Alejandro G. Inarritu (The Revenant, Birdman) to name just a few.

Tickets go on sale 21st September.

For more information:
https://wffpress.squarespace.com/lineupannouncement-2016

SCREENING NEWS: LOS ANGELES PREMIERE – L.A. Lift-Off Film Festival

It is with huge pride that MY FERAL HEART will have it’s Los Angeles premiere at the ambitious, industry focused, film festival LA Lift -Off.

Lift-Off is a global festival network that supports filmmakers and their films by reaching out to, and championing their films to sales agents, press, distributors, and broadcasters.

MY FERAL HEART screens September 7, 6.30pm at Raleigh Studios (West Hollywood).

James Rumsey (Producer) will be present for a Q&A at the event and to meet all parties interested in MY FERAL HEART.

All the details here:
http://www.lift-off-festivals.com/los-angeles-lift-off-film-festival-2016/los-angeles-lift-off-2016-my-feral-heart/

BREAKING NEWS: ASIAN PREMIERE – ‘My Feral Heart’ opens Singapore’s MINDS Film Festival

This week Jane Gull was flown out to Singapore as the invited guest of the Singapore Film Society. Together with Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS), SFS is co-organising the first-ever festival of films with learning disability related themes.

‘My Feral Heart’ is honoured to have been invited to open this landmark film festival.

The Opening Gala is this Friday evening where the film will be watched by invited guests from the learning disability community, Asian film industry, Singapore Government, and other local dignitaries.

More info and ticketing links here: http://www.sfs.org.sg/event.php?id=568

BREAKING NEWS: LONDON PREMIERE – EAST END FILM FESTIVAL 2016

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.

This what East End Film Festival said of the film:
A moving story of the importance of embracing life and people, featuring a brilliant turn from newcomer Steven Brandon.

EAST END FILM FESTIVAL Program Entry

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BREAKING NEWS: UK PREMIERE – EDINBURGH 2016

We are delighted to announce our selection for the 70th Edinburgh International Film Festival in the ‘Best of British’ category. With multi award-winning films such as 45 Years, Leviathan, Moon, Tsotsi & Control all having previously won in this section, it’s not only a huge honour, but a wonderful festival to hold our UK PREMIERE.

The festival runs from 15th-26th June, with our UK PREMIERE on Friday 17th June, followed by a second screening on Saturday the 18th June (details of those public screenings below).

We got a purple Y&W splodge!

We got a purple Y&W splodge!

In addition, Edinburgh has included MY FERAL HEART in it’s list of ‘Essential Cinema’ at the Festival, recommended by their team of Young Programmers for a teenage audience (that’s the purple Y&W purple splodge bottom right above)

UK PREMIERE / PUBLIC SCREENING DETAILS

Friday 17 June 18:10 Odeon 4 (Public Screening)
Saturday 18 June 18:05 Filmhouse 2 (Public Screening)

http://www.edfilmfest.org.uk/films/2016/my-feral-heart

Bookings for all screenings at EIFF 2016 open to the public 10am May 27.

PRESS & INDUSTRY ONLY
Members of the press and delegates at the festival will be able to see exclusive press & industry screenings:

Wednesday 15 June 09:15 Odeon 4 (Press & Industry Screening)
Wednesday 22 June 13:15 Odeon 4 (Press & Industry Screening)

CANNES 2016: EUROPEAN PREMIERE

Jane Gull (director, MY FERAL HEART) is President of the Jury this year.

Later this week, May 19, MY FERAL HEART will have it’s European Premiere during Cannes fortnight as part of the disabilities themed festival Entr’ 2 Marches which runs parallel to the more famous and glitzy Cannes Film Festival.

SCREENING DETAILS:

6pm, Thursday May 19, 45 Rue de Mimont, Cannes

If you’re in Cannes, get yourself along to it. The venue seats 100 and entry is free.

MY FERAL HEART’s director, Jane Gull, is the President of the Jury for Entr’2 Marches 2016. Jane won the Grand Prix du Jury in 2013 at Entr’2 Marches and was honoured to be invited to head the jury in 2016 hot on the heels of completing her debut feature film.

MY FERAL HEART is being presented as a showcase Q&A event with Jane.

Steven Brandon (LUKE), Shana Swash (EVE), Susanne Salavati (Director of Photography) and Duncan Paveling (writer / producer) will also be in attendance.

For those that are wondering, MY FERAL HEART’s UK Premiere, and a London Screening are not far off – more news in the coming weeks!

BREAKING NEWS: ‘MY FERAL HEART’ WINS AUDIENCE AWARD AT CINEQUEST

Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, California (better known as Silicon Valley) was a huge success for Team Feral. We met so many hugely talented filmmakers that were fantastic company, saw some incredible films, and the Cinequest audiences liked MY FERAL HEART so much that they voted it Best Drama in the Narrative Feature category!

All-in-all it was the perfect place to host our World Premiere. We highly recommend Cinequest to all filmmakers and can see why it was voted the best film festival in America by USA Today last year.

The Cinequest team of volunteers are always available and incredibly helpful, and in the VIP Lounge there are complimentary nibbles, coffee, beer and vodka (compliments of sponsors Cafe Frascati, Stella Artois and Tito’s Vodka).

Every evening there are VIP Soirees (5-7) & Maverick Meet-ups (9.30-Midnight) where filmmakers can meet each other and the media. There are also ample opportunities to attend red carpet events and promote your film to the media there.

Director, Jane Gull & Steven Brandon our lead actor (Luke) on the telly

Director, Jane Gull & Steven Brandon our lead actor (Luke) on the telly

Five ferals with a face for radio on campus in San Jose. R-L: Duncan Paveling (writer), Will Rastall (Pete), Steven Brandon (Luke), Jane Gull (Director), James Rumsey (Producer)

Five tired ferals with a face for radio on campus in San Jose. R-L: Duncan Paveling (writer), Will Rastall (Pete), Steven Brandon (Luke), Jane Gull (Director), James Rumsey (Producer)

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.

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.

A truly memorable festival and a great way to announce MY FERAL HEART to the World!

Thank you to the Cinequest Team and all the Cinequest film fans!!

Breaking News: WORLD PREMIERE ANNOUNCED

We are delighted to share the news that ‘My Feral Heart’ has been selected for the Cinequest Film Festival 2016 in California as part of its Official Narrative Feature Competition. Last year Cinequest was voted ‘America’s Best Film Festival’ so it is a huge honour to be included in this year’s competition.

Cinequest runs from March 1-13 in San Jose (Silicon Valley) and our World Premiere has been given a prime time Saturday night slot on 5th March with further screenings March 6th and 8th. Click here for our programme listing.

‘My Feral Heart’ is one of only five British Films selected (others include ‘Eye in the Sky’ starring the late Alan Rickman & Dame Helen Mirren and Terence Davies’ ‘Sunset Song’) so we are in exceptional company. With that and the buzz generated each year by it’s Maverick Spirit Award, Cinequest is a wonderful platform to introduce our film to the world and kick-start our festival run.

Previous winners of the Maverick Spirit Award include: Harrison Ford, J.J. Abrams, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ben Kingsley, Kevin Spacey & Sir Ian McKellen to name just a few. James Franco (127 Hours) and Rita Moreno (West Side Story) are to be honoured this year.

We will of course keep you updated as to further news and updates here and on Social Media, thank you again for your continuing support…

CHECK THIS OUT: Our fantastic official poster has arrived!

We would like to extend a huge thanks to Imogen Mitchell for producing a fantastically strong poster ahead of what we hope will an exciting 2016 tour of international festivals and film markets.

Check out more of Imogen’s work here: imogenmitchell.co.uk

Imogen is a graphic designer that our producer, James, has admired for some time and we were delighted when she agreed to work with us on the official poster for MY FERAL HEART.

We hope you like it!

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