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UNCONDITIONAL  

By Bryn Higgins 

Awards & Festivals:
IN COMPETITON for "Special Screening" at Slamdance Film Festival
Frameline
Edinburgh
Munich a.o
IN COMPETITION at Munich Film Festival.  

Genre: LGBT, Thriller, Drama

Synopsis:
Teenage twins Kristen and Owen are misfits in the real world, bored of caring for their mum and fantasising about murdering her. Then along comes Liam: tough, charming, full velocity, genuinely cool. Kristen fancies him with the intensity of someone in a fairytale. But Liam takes Owen out drinking – and the depth of Liam’s mis-wired obsessions soon emerge. Liam offers unconditional love to Owen…on one condition: not to be dressed like a man! 

Cast:
Harry McEntire: Owen
Madeleine Clark: Kristen
Christian Cooke: Liam
Melanie Hill: Mum
James Bolam: Hutch
 

Director Biography:
Bryn Higgins grew up in west London. After the Royal College of Art he went to the BBC making documentaries. He left to write commissioned dramas and has always remained as film-maker who is passionate about making highly creative projects with a small group. Bryn has been BAFTA-Nominated for Originality and has made high-profile dramas and docs with British, North American and European broadcasters. His latest series for BBC ONE was twice nominated for an RTS (NW) Award for Best Drama Series and was selected for a BAFTA by the BBC. UNCONDITIONAL is his first feature film. 

Director Statement:
I grew up on a dull London street near the river. Secrets behind blank front doors. I’m drawn to stories about ordinary people with raging inner lives and about how our search for love can get us into trouble. Joe’s wonderful script rings so true. It’s my ideal to make a film where all the decisions about shooting are dictated by the emotions of the characters. UNCONDITIONAL got close. As the twins and Liam take us for a ride on the wild side, I tried to bring the energy of my favourite punk love songs. I wanted to make the film as raw and stirring as possible but also highly cinematic and with a lot of humour in the tension. 

Cast Biography:
Harry McEntire is an exciting, risk-addicted, fast - rising star. He chooses challenging, headline-making drama on stage (PUNKROCK, WINTERLONG) and screen (ERIC & ERNIE, TOWER BLOCK).

Madeleine Clark lives in the seaside steel town of Redcar where she grew up and visited the Musical Theatre Stockton Riverside College. Madeleine also writes songs and has recorded her first album. Like Harry, she gives a sensational breakout performance in UNCONDITIONAL.

Christian Cooke is one of Britain’s most successful and promising young screen actors. He grew up in Leeds, dropped out of school and got into trouble in his late teens before getting into acting and writing. In 2010 Christian had the lead in the BAFTA-Nominated series THE PROMISE. Christian is starring with Danny Huston and Jeffrey Dean Morgan in MAGIC CITY, a 13-part US series by Mitch Glazer (SCROOGED, LOST IN TRANSLATION). 

Crew:
Director: Bryn Higgins
Writer: Joe Fisher
Editor: Ben Yeates
Director of photography: Paul Otter
Music: John Lunn
Production Company: Stone City Films
Producer: Bryn Higgins
Executive Producers: Clare Duggan, Tom Harvey, Sean Kelly
Production design: Mike McLoughlin  


Technical Information:
Original Title: Unconditional / 1:1.85 / Colour / 92 min / Stereo / English/ UK 2012 

News & Reviews

  • Edinburgh International Film Festival - 05 February 2012

    "Click the link to watch a video review from Christian Cooke about Unconditional at EIFF."

     

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  • San Francisco Chronicle - 10 June 2012

    "This gritty comingof-age film, about a slick businessman who seduces a financially disadvantaged, teenaged boy into wearing women's clothes, is a potent mix of class, gender, sexual and generational tensions. With excellent performances by Harry McEntire (who gamely plays the beautiful, pliant Owen) and Christian Cooke (who effectively captures the sometimes charming, oftentimes depraved older suitor, Liam), "Unconditional" may appear quite unconventional on the surface, but ultimately it's a universal story about discovering who you are."

     

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  • ScreenDaily - 02 April 2012

    "A darkly intriguing psycho-romance, low-budget British film Unconditional – which screened in Slamdance – is a smartly made tale of skewed obsessive love, driven by impressive performances by newcomers Harry McEntire and Madeleine Clark. Its brooding style and crisp cinematography mark writer/director Bryn Higgins out as filmmaker to be watched, though it may be too inaccessible for international audiences."

     

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  • The Hollywood News - 26 June 2012

    "From the opening few minutes of Bryn Higgins’ UNCONDITIONAL, you’d be forgiven for assuming it’s just another film about underprivileged teenagers and their day-to-day struggles. But everything you think in those first five minutes could not be further from the truth, and we are soon presented with an incredibly brave and demanding film that deserves a huge amount of acclaim."

     

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  • The Hollywood Reporter - 16 March 2012

    "Bryn Higgins’ big-screen debut Unconditional, starring debutante actress Madeleine Clark alongside Christian Cooke and Harry McEntire has sealed a deal with German sales label Media Luna New Films."

     

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  • Thoughts on Film - 23 June 2012

    "Unconditional represents the sort of great little gems you find at film festivals, those which you know nothing about but grab your attention with brave new filmmaking talent, in front of and behind the camera, and tackle a touch subject with real daring."

     

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  • Variety - 25 June 2012

    Love that's anything but "Unconditional" grows increasingly unhinged in Brit tube helmer Bryn Higgins' first bigscreen feature. Effectively disturbing if not entirely satisfying, this tale of a handsome older interloper who does serious quasi-romantic damage to twin teenagers has been picked up for North American distribution across all media by MouseTrap Films. Theatrical prospects look mild; in other territories outside the U.K., sales will likely skew toward home formats.

     

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