25TH OCTOBER 2019
STARRING FANTASTIC BEASTS' KEVIN GUTHRIE
"KEVIN GUTHRIE'S PERFORMANCE WILL STAY WITH YOU FOREVER"
IT'S TIME TO CONNECT
"A FILM PACKED FULL OF RAW AND ENDURING EMOTION"
The story of ‘Connect’ is born from a dark place but is ultimately a love story, helped along by humour and a refreshing authenticity. Kevin Guthrie, hot off Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewold, gives a breathtaking performance as Brian, a lonely insecure young man who is struggling with anxiety and inner demons. Like a heartbreaking amount of men today, Brian decides to take his own life. While standing on a cliff edge in the darkness, about to meet his end, Brian is grabbed by a stranger: Jeff (Stephen McCole), a man who offers to be his friend.
After his near-death experience, Brian resolves to improve his life and reconnect with the people around him. Jeff encourages Brian to volunteer at the local Day Care Centre for the elderly where he meets Sam (Siobhan Reilly), a single mum who radiates positivity and honesty. To rebuild his social life, Brian turns to his fun-loving colleague Gavin (Cameron Fulton), who encourages Brian to embrace the festive period…starting with some Christmas karaoke. Brian panics as he arrives at the bar, only to be comforted by the hypnotic voice of Sam as she sings to the crowd. Over time, their relationship blossoms - Sam challenges Brian to battle his anxieties and Brian provides Sam with much-needed friendship and support. Then, suddenly, Brian is pulled away.
Kevin Guthrie on CONNECT
“This is a story which I imagine is very close to home for the majority of the audience - in that, as a society nowadays "Mental Health" is the sound bite we all can associate with. This is not just a film about a young man's proximity to suicide, more-over it is about an individual who cannot cope. As a result, Brian's mental health fails him and he subsequently spirals into a pit of intense depression, resulting in severe panic attacks. At it's heart it is a film about one man's quest to overcome the demonic voices that haunt him on a daily basis. By virtue of Love and Understanding, Acceptance and Education, Brian is able to join Jeff and Sam on a journey to redemption.”
Marilyn Edmond on MENTAL HEALTH
This story comes from a personal experience, when a young man I had worked with took his own life. The last thing of him I remembered was a social media post of him expressing how amazing life is, a few months later he killed himself.
He was only 23.
84 Men a week take their own life in the UK.
This film is an attempt
to shine a light on a very dark subject.
WILL BRIAN EVER DEFEAT HIS DEMONS? WILL HE EVER ASK FOR HELP?
WILL HE EVER MAKE IT UP TO SAM? WILL SHE EVER GIVE HIM ANOTHER CHANCE?
Kevin Guthrie’s performance is a tour de force. His deeply affecting portrayal of Brian will melt your heart in this cold Christmas drama. Siobhan Reilly plays the perfect equal to Kevin and their on-screen chemistry will have you willing their relationship to survive its troubled waters. The exuberant Cameron Fulton is the perfect addition, helping the film achieve a balance between light and dark. Conor McCarron also stars, with a haunting performance as the mysterious and melancholy Eric. A story of a man made predominantly of women is a refreshing change and a great opportunity to celebrate the talent of women in film today. This outstanding cast and impressively high production values completely belie this is a micro budget film. Writer, director and producer, Marilyn Edmond shot this full feature film in only 15 days - an outstanding achievement for any filmmaker.
This captivating and affecting story promises to stay with you in the days and weeks after you leave the cinema.
CONNECT WAS FILMED ON LOCATION IN NORTH BERWICK, EAST LOTHIAN.
THE STUNNING SETTING INFORMS THE RICHNESS OF THE STORY AND SHOWCASES A BEAUTIFUL CORNER OF SCOTLAND .