SHORT FILM - THE LONG WALK
The Long Walk – A Short Film With A Long Reach
With mental health very much at the forefront of people’s minds as we exit the Covid 19 pandemic, a new short film is gearing up to highlight both the pain and the positive outcomes that are possible when help is sought.
The Long Walk is a psychological drama based on one person’s truth. A young boy suffers a trauma and then is catapulted into a world of psychosis. During a particular psychotic episode, he loses touch with reality and finds himself on a Long Walk across London.
Many might not feel positive about a film about mental health, and may choose to shy away from it. But this is a positive film. It is thought provoking, poignant, and uplifting. The message it hopes to deliver is - REACH OUT, DON’T STAY SILENT, ASK FOR HELP.
So why is this film so relevant now? Because more and more people are struggling with mental health issues and with scant resources available it can be hard to believe that reaching out to get help can actually work. It is important for people to know that help can be sought. It is hoped the film will raise awareness of what people’s mental health experiences can be like, whilst at the same time reaching out to those who need to be reached, for people to know its ok to not be ok, and it’s ok to open up and talk about things.
**Cast Announcement** We are delighted to announce Michelle Collins as Suzanne James.
“Michelle has worked extensively in TV, Film and Theatre for the last 35 years. She has appeared in two of Britain’s best-loved soaps ‘EastEnders’ and ‘Coronation Street’ and is also known for many other dramas.
TV credits include: ‘2,000 Acres of Sky’, ‘The Illustrated Mum’ (for which she received an international Emmy), ‘Sunburn’, ‘Woody’, ‘Real Women’, ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’, ‘Ella and the Mothers’, ‘The Mayoress’, ‘Lloyd and Hill’, ‘Rock Rivals’, ‘Dr Who’, ‘Midsummer Murders’, ‘Death in Paradise’, ‘Miss Marple’, ‘King Lear’ (French and Saunders), ‘Casualty’, ‘Hotel Babylon’, ‘The Dumping Ground’, ‘Queens of Mystery’, ‘To Provide All People’ and many more.
Theatre credits include: West End (‘Rattle of a Simple Man’, ‘Vagina Monologues’), Hampstead Theatre (‘The Glass Supper’), Park Theatre (‘My Dad’s Gap Year’ and ‘A Night in Dalston’) and Southwark Playhouse (‘How Love is Spelt’) and the musicals ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’, ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’, ‘Daddy Cool’, ‘Calendar Girls’ and ‘Never Forget’.
Film credits include: ‘Personal Services’, ‘Black Road’ and most recently ‘My House’ and ‘Stephen’.”
Thank you to Harry Kyriacou of JAG for his assistance.
We are delighted to announce Daniel Casey as our Tom James.
Daniel is probably best known for playing Sgt Troy in Midsomer Murders and more recently Tom Bailey in EastEnders. Recent notable theatre includes Laurence in Mike Leigh’s Abigail’s Party and also Roger Shears in the Olivier Award winning Curious Incident of the Dog In The Nighttime for The National Theatre.
Other Television includes: Emmerdale, Coronation Street, Marchlands (ITV); Casualty, Silent Witness, The Phoenix and the Carpet, Inspector George Gently, Doctors (BBC); Theresa V Boris: How Many Became PM (Juniper TV); The Bill (talkbackTHAMES); The Royal, The Marchioness Disaster, A Touch of Frost (Yorkshire Television); Murder in Suburbia, Polterguests (Carlton Television); The Grand (Granada Television).
Other Theatre includes: Star Quality (UK Tour); Kes (Liverpool Playhouse/Touring Consortium); A Number (Manchester Library Theatre) for which he was nominated for the Manchester Evening News Award for Best Actor; The Flint Street Nativity and The Wings of the Dove (Stage Further Productions); On the Piste (Birmingham Repertory Theatre); The Safari Party (Hampstead Theatre and Stephen Joseph Theatre) and Dead Fish (Hull Truck Theatre Company).
With special thanks to Lesley Duff of Diamond Management for her assistance.
We are delighted to announce Marilyn Cutts will be playing the role of Grace. Known for her stage and screen work including Mrs Brice in Funny Girl, Madame Morrible UK Tour of Wicked, Rose in Pieces of String, Home Invasion (2019), Into The Woods (2015), Les Miserables (2012) and many more.
More exciting news Robert Goodman will be playing the role of The Tramp, known for Game of Thrones, The Nevers, Gangs of New York and BBC Doctors.
© Andrew Alton-Read 2021