Light Years, co-produced by Samm Haillay, Duane Hopkins and Andrew McVicar of Newcastle-based Third Films, has premiered in Venice, after selection for the prestigious Venice International Film Critics Week.
In a double success, Light Years, which was supported wirth development funding from NFM, has also been selected as one of twelve films up for the Sutherland Award in the First Feature Competition at the BFI London Film Festival. The competition is intended to recognise an original and imaginative directorial debut.
A subtly nuanced drama that explores the toll that physical and mental illness can take on a family, Light Years is writer-director Esther May Campbell’s feature debut.
Protagonist Rose reckons a family is like a constellation – stars that are connected, even if they’re light years apart. Over the course of one long day, she wills her children closer, and her fractured family pulls back into its constellation. Aching to reconnect they find themselves facing the true implications of their own devastating, inherited legacy.
LFF screenings of Light Years will be held at Picturehouse Central on Shaftesbury Avenue on Wednesday 14 October (6.30pm) and Rich Mix on Bethnal Green Road on Saturday 17 October 2015 (9.00pm). Tickets will be on sale from 17 Sept from the Festival website.