It was announced today that Two For Joy directed by Tom Beard and starring Daniel Mays, Billie Piper, Sam Morton, and others will have its UK premiere at the Edinburgh Film Fest on 23 & 24 June as part of the Best of British Strand.
A powerful coming-of-age drama about a sister and younger brother who must care for their troubled mother (a moving performance by Samantha Morton) as their relationship reaches critical mass. The debut feature of writer-director Tom Beard (director of music videos for FKA twigs and Florence and the Machine), Two for Joy looks at Britain through the eyes of a family in crisis and deals with issues of mental illness, marginalised communities and national identity. Also stars Billie Piper, Daniel Mays, and Bella Ramsey (Game of Thrones).
Tickets are currently on sale to members and then to the general public on Friday 25 May at 10AM.
Swimming with Men also premieres at the Edinburgh Film Fest on Sunday 1 July.
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Daniel Mays announced today that he has joined the cast of Tom Beard’s feature film directorial debut “Two for Joy“. Daniel portrays Lias and joins previously announced cast Billie Piper, Samantha Morton, Emilia Jones, Bella Ramsey, and Badger Skelton.
“Two For Joy is a British drama that explores heart breaking themes with immense humanity and sympathy, to deliver an insightful and poignant impact,” Blonde To Black Pictures told Screen.
“For the past few years we’ve been steadily working with Tom Beard towards realising his debut feature, mentoring and watching him grow as a writer and director. We undertook development of the film after co-producing his last short Rags with Michael Wiggs of Size 9 Productions.”
Writer-director Tom Beard added: “Two For Joy encompasses my professional development over the last six years. In that time I have worked closely with young people who have been through the care system with the drama therapy charity The Big House. This has given me a unique perspective on issues affecting them, issues that I hope to offer up an unbiased and profound representation of in this film.”
Filming has been ongoing in Southwest England.
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‘Rags’ a short film by Tom Beard starring Daniel Mays and will premiere at the London Short Film Festival on Monday 11 January at the Hackney Picturehouse.
Rags is a story of abuse and adulteration, told through the fleeting repressed memories of a teenage mother. Skipping backwards and forwards through time, we unravel the dark revelations of grooming and sexual abuse in her past at the hands of the very person who was meant to protect her.
Tickets are available now.
The London Short film Festival runs January 8-17 2016.
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