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My Feral Heart (2016)

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Luke, an independent young man with Down's syndrome stumbles upon a wild and life changing friendship.


Jane Gull


Duncan Paveling
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steven Brandon Steven Brandon ... Luke
Shana Swash Shana Swash ... Eve
Sarah Ioannou Sarah Ioannou ... Woman in Butcher's Shop
Will Rastall ... Pete
Keith Austin Keith Austin ... Butcher
Pixie Le Knot ... The Girl
Eileen Pollock Eileen Pollock ... Joan
Suzanna Hamilton ... Margaret
Stephen Pepperdine Stephen Pepperdine ... Bin Loader
Lewis Nicolas ... Charlie
Darren Kent ... Sam
Kerryann White Kerryann White ... Social Worker
Keith Chanter ... William
Joe Gooch ... The Supervisor
Rachael Cox Rachael Cox ... Jenny


Luke, an independent young man with Down's syndrome, is forced to live in a care home after his elderly mother dies. He struggles to settle there, both frustrated at having his wings clipped by its rules, and unimpressed by his new house mates. His disappointment with his new home soon turns to wonder when Luke discovers a way out and begins to explore the surrounding countryside. When he is caught sneaking out by Pete, a troubled youth who tends the gardens at the home, the two strike up an unlikely rapport: Pete covers for Luke and in return Luke helps Pete clear the garden. On one illicit excursion to the adjoining field Luke discovers a young girl in desperate need of his help.

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Moving, poignant, with an incredible lead performance
6 June 2018 | by Smallclone100See all my reviews

Very moving, poignant film about a man with Down's syndrome trying to regather his life after a tragedy. I haven't seen many films where the lead actor is disabled, and Steven Brandon does an absolutely extraordinary job here as 'Luke'. He absolutely nails the part.

Think of the work of Lynne Ramsay, Andrea Arnold, Clio Barnard and you may get the picture. It does a really fine job of tapping into the psyche of Luke and takes the viewer to some interesting metaphorical places. It also touches on the healing process, grief, guilt etc. There's also a very credible performance by Shana Swash as 'Eve', who takes care of Luke and provides a semi 'love interest' role. Susanne Salavati's cinematography is quite lovely at times too and there are some nice shots of the English countryside to set the mood.

The film is a tad rough around the edges, especially with a 'wtf' moment in the final act, but a fine effort for a first time director (Jane Gull). Really looking forward to see what she does next.

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