When conflict erupts in Derry in 1969 two brothers facing violence at home withdraw into their own fantasy world to escape The Troubles.
The streets were a dangerous place for anyone what with constant bombings and shootings, but there was no sanctuary at home for these boys.
Their father has become a violent evil man due to the destitute nature of life in The Bogside.
Kathleen, Coll & Sean’s mother has no one to protect her from her husband’s wrath. She is helpless to prevent the family from disintegrating.
The film opens in a speech therapist’s office. Kathleen hints to a ‘knock to the head’ being the reason why Coll says nothing.
When he returns home he is immediately confronted by the man who’s fists have silenced this poor boy.
So as not receive the same fate as his brother Sean has to stand aside as the father’s fury is unleashed. He drags Coll to a forest once their father is done with him to play their favourite game “Best Fallers”.
COLL: ISAAC HESLIP
SEAN: CONAN HAMILTON
KATHLEEN: LEANNE ROWLEY
FATHER: BRENDAN GIBSON
THERAPIST: MICHAEL BYERS
DIRECTED BY GRAY HUGHES
WRITTEN BY GRAY HUGHES & RUSSELL DAVIDSON
PRODUCED BY MILES WILKES
HANNAH ASHBY WARD AT LANE CASTING
LOCATION & PRODUCTION MANAGER: SIMON CHURCHILL
PRODUCTION CO-ORDINATOR: LUCY ALDIS
CASTING ASSISTANT: GRACE LYONS HUDSON
STEADICAM OPERATOR: KAT SPENCER
FOCUS PULLER: JERRY PRADON
2nd CAMERA ASSISTANT: BEN FYFIELD
CAMERA TRAINEE: THEO SPEARMAN
GAFFER: PETER BISHOP
ELECTRICIAN: SAM BAKER
ELECTRICIAN: GUILISTAN KORKMAZ
SOUND RECORDIST: RICHARD THOMAS
ART DEPARMENT ASSISTANT: MICHAELA MARKOVA
COSTUME ASSISTANT: KATIE REID
MAKEUP ASSISTANT: AMY WHYARD
MEDIC: MICK LEEMING
SECURITY: BIG JOHN
CATERING: RED HOT BOX
LOCATION SUPPLIES: GET SET HIRE
STORYBOARD ARTIST: JOHN COLEBOURN
TITLE DESIGNER: CHRIS MARTIN
CAMERAS PROVIDED BY PANAVISION
LENS PROVIDED BY NO DRAMA
STEADICAM PROVIDED BY IAIN MACKEY
LIGHTS PROVIDED BY PANALUX
POST PRODUCTION FACILITY: THE MILL
SOUND FACILITY: BIG KAHUNA
POST PRODUCERS: CHARLIE MORRIS & JENNY STANDISH
ONLINE EDITOR & TITLES: TIAGO CARVALHO
LEGAL SERVICES: PRAVEEN BHATIA AT MORGAN TAN
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