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LUNA  

By Dave McKean 

Awards & Festivals:
Asian Premiere in the Official Selection at Shanghai IFF!
World Premiere at Vanguard section in Toronto Film Festival
Luna won the Best British Feature in Raindance!
US Premiere in San Francisco Int’l Film Festival!
Australian Premiere in Gold Coast Film Festival!
 

Genre: Fantasy, Drama

Highlight: The director Dave McKean is a celebrated illustrator of graphic novels and concept artist for films such as “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”. He produced the image that launched the Sony PlayStation; and has worked with Michael Sheen (The Gospel of Us), Lars von Trier and the Jim Henson Company (MirrorMask).

Synopsis:
After losing their baby, Grant and Christine visit an old friend with a new partner in his isolated and idyllic seaside house. Over a long weekend, secrets are revealed and the life of the dead child is lived out in a series of fantastical dreams that become an opportunity for spiritual healing.  

Cast:
Dervla Kirwan: Christine
Ben Daniels: Grant
Stephanie Leonidas: Fraya
Michael Maloney: Dean  

Director Biography:
Dave McKean, a celebrated illustrator of graphic novels, album covers, children's books, and concept artist for films such as “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”. He has created award winning books with Neil Gaiman (including Sandman and Coraline), Ricjard Dawkins, Ray Bradbury and Heston Blumenthal. He own books cages and Pictures That Tick have won many awards including the Harvey for Best New Comic and Best Graphic Novel. As a filmmaker he was awarded in Locarno and Sitges Film Festival for his first film MirrorMask. 

Director Statement:
“Luna started with a real tragic event in the lives of two friends of mine. The feelings and observations around that time made their way into my note books, but it took a while to find a way of reinventing their story while keeping the central emotions that I wanted to explore. I wanted my characters to talk to each other from behind the veneer of considerate behavior. I also wanted to see their dreams and fears.” 

Cast Biography:
BEN DANIELS won the Olivier award in 2001 for his performance in the Arthur Miller play ALL MY SONS and in 2008, he made his Broadway début in a revival of LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES. Ben has appeared on popular television series including CUTTING IT (2002–2005), THE VIRGIN QUEEN (2005), THE PARADISE (2013) and HOUSE OF CARDS (2013–14).

STEPHANIE LEONIDAS starred in Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean's MIRRORMASK in the dual roles of Helena and the Dark Princess. Followed this she acted in a BBC adaptation of DRACULA, as well as CRUSADE IN JEANS. She is currently co-lead in the sci-fi series DEFIANCE.

MICHAEL MALONEY has starred in the films IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER, HAMLET, OTHELLO, BABEL, NOTES ON A SCANDAL and TRULY, MADLY, DEEPLY. He has also featured in many successful Tv series including Empire, Love on a Branch Line and Casualty.

DERVLA KIRWAN appeared in the hugely successful series BALLYKISSANGEL and GOODNIGHT, SWEETHEART amongst many other TV appearances including DR. WHO. She has also starred in Neil Jordan's ONDINE and Blackout with Christopher Ecclestone. 

Crew:
Designed and Direction: Dave McKean
Story: Dave McKean & Allen Spiegel
Screenplay: Dave McKean
Directors Of Photography: Antony Shearn & Luke Bryant
Editors: Dave McKean & Emily Rosen – Rawlings
3-D Vfx Supervisor: Mark Dodwell
Line Producer: Tessa Beazley
Executive Producers: Clive Banks & Keith Griffiths
Producer: Simon Moorhead
Production Company: Luna The Movie Limited 


Technical Information:
Original Title: Luna / ARRI D-20, Sony SRW1/ 2:35:1 / Colour / 104 minutes / 5.1 / English / DCP / UK 2014 


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