Starring actors with Down Syndrome Tommy Jessop (BAFTA Nominated Coming Down The Mountain) and Bethany Asher (Wild Bill), alongside Alice Lowe (EMMY Award-winning Black Mirror), Laurence Spellman (Ready Player One), Richard Glover (Rogue One), Bethany Asher (Wild Bill) and Faraz Ayub (Bodyguard)
You can watch INNOCENCE for free at: /www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rih_
Innocence, a film presented by Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association, is a fast-paced crime drama created by the BAFTA-nominated writer-director Ben Reid which is inspired by his brother Tom, who has Down syndrome. This topical film, which shines a light for a more nuanced representation of disability on screen, has won high profile film awards including the Best Short Film at the London Lift-Off Film Festival, the Don Quixote award at the OSCAR qualifying 60th Kraków Film Festival and it was long-listed for a 2020 BAFTA.
When a worker falls to his death at a care home, it appears to be a terrible accident. But when a detective questions a young man with Down syndrome spotted at the scene, they uncover a crime more shocking than anyone imagined.
Director & writer Ben Reid works in the fields of drama, documentary, and commercials and is an advocate for inclusion in the arts. Over the last decade, his work has received Grierson, RTS, and BAFTA nominations and awards. His films have been broadcasted on BBC, Channel 4, Sky, National Geographic, Discovery, NBC and Netflix.
Producer Ken Ross is an award-winning filmmaker and is BAFTAs only Patron of Inclusion and Accessibility. After having his son Max, who has Down syndrome, Ken has spent sixteen years making positive changes for diversity and inclusion. Being the Vice-Chair at Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association as well as a trustee, Ken alongside PDSA are working with the international Paralympics Committee to improve disability awareness. His upcoming film My Feral Heart starring Steven Brandon, an actor with Down syndrome will be receiving its first terrestrial screening on BBC4 on the 18th March at 9pm.
Producer Tibo Travers is the founder of Sweetdoh, a production company behind a slate of short films that have screened and been awarded at festivals including Palm Springs, Galway Fleadh, Raindance, Sundance London, and Encounters. His films have sold worldwide to Vice, Canal+, and RTÉ.
The incredible cast includes Tommy Jessop the first ever actor with Down syndrome to be selected for the prestigious BAFTA Elevate programme. Tommy made his debut in the BAFTA-nominated primetime drama Coming Down the Mountain alongside Nicholas Hoult. Jessop has also starred in Casualty and Holby City, Actress Bethany Asher will be featured in an upcoming short films The Cunning alongside Gemma Arterton and opposite Vicky McClure in Good Grief. Asher has also appeared in BBC’s the Dumping Ground and Doctors. Innocence was her first film.
Innocence will be available online on Omeleto on Tuesday 16th March in the lead up to World Down syndrome Day on Sunday 21st March 2021.
Disability Awareness video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0w3gYUS44QQ