Heartwarming British Tale DUSTY & ME From Award winning Filmmaker Betsan Evans Morris Receives Cinema and VoD Releases
"A wonderful shining example of an independent film” Tom Burns, CEO Carmel International Film Festival
“A light-hearted and uplifting film that was an audience favourite” Erin Clark, co-founder Carmel International Film Festival
"Filled with unforgettable characters that will have you laughing long after the movie ends. it’s a fun romp.” Jan Price, presenter of the Jan Price show
A feel-good, heart-warming film set in Yorkshire in 1977 about an adolescent boy's big summer after leaving school. It's about a boy and a dog, class and ambition, first love, and above all, family.
Dusty & Me, directed by award winning director Betsan Evans Morris, boasts an impressive cast of Iain Glen (Game of Thrones), Ian Hart (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone & Finding Neverland) and Lesley Sharp (The Full Monty & Common As Muck). Rising star, Genevieve Gaunt, plays the female lead in her second appearance since Harry Potter and BAFTA nominee Luke Newberry puts in a stunning performance as Dusty.
Autumn 1977. Derek ‘Dusty’ Springfield (Luke Newberry) is an 18-year-old misfit, who five years earlier was plucked from his home in the industrial outskirts of Leeds to attend Public School on a scholarship. He has just returned home at the end of his studies to wait for his Oxbridge results that he’s hoping will result in his permanent escape. Life at home is awkward for the brainy lad and embarrassing for his working class family who can’t relate: his feckless dad, no-nonsense mum and two older brothers; one a football hopeful and the other a distinctly dodgy acquirer of flash consumer goods.
In the wait for his university exam results, Dusty befriends a lightning fast Greyhound, comically named Slapper by his older brother and the two become inseparable. When two bumbling thieves attempt to kidnap Slapper, Dusty must do all he can to protect him, whilst trying to earn the respect of his family again. Dusty can’t believe his luck when his crush from afar, the out-of-his-league Chrissie (Genevieve Gaunt), agrees to help him find Slapper. All the while, his results day is looming over him, and his future lies sealed within an envelope.
Dusty & Me, starring Luke Newberry, Iain Glen, Ian Hart, Genevieve Gaunt and Lesley Sharp comes to selected UK Cinemas from 28th September & available on Digital Download from 1st October.
Why should you watch it?
Dusty & Me is a great fun, light-hearted comedy and an inspiring tale about the power of dreams. Dusty proves that anyone has the potential to be brilliant, no matter what you look like, your class or personal background. All you need is the will to succeed.
DUSTY & ME HITS CINEMAS ON SEPTEMBER 28 AND VOID ON OCTOBER 1
Luke Newberry- Derek (Dusty)
Newberry was first signed with an agent aged 7 and at age 11 he played the role of Colin Craven in the musical The Secret Garden. In 2002 he was the winner of Best Young Musical Theatre Singer from the ITV show Britain's Brilliant Prodigies and also appeared in the film The Heart of Me with Helena Bonham Carter. He has since appeared in feature films alongside household names such as Quartet and Anna Karenina.
In 2013 Newberry starred in the leading role of the BBC Three supernatural drama In the Flesh. He was nominated for BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor for the series in 2014 and has since gone on to star in one of Channel 4s latest original short series; Cucumber.
Genevieve Gaunt- Chrissie
Gaunt started her career at the age of 14 in the Harry Potter franchise, she played Pansy Parkinson in The Prisoner of Azkaban. She then focused on her studies and graduated from Newnham College, Cambridge, with a double first in English. 2013 Gaunt was cast as Jessica Fuller in Michael Winterbottom’s The Face of an Angel and has been heralded for big things over the next few years.
Iain Glen- Mickey the Bubble
Iain Glen is a Scottish actor who started his career onstage appearing as Macbeth (Tron Theatre), Henry V (Royal Shakespeare Company) and then moved into feature films. In 1990, Glen won the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the 40th Berlin International Film Festival for his role in Silent Scream. In the same year he was cast as Hamlet, Prince of Denmark in Tom Stoppard's film adaptation of his play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. Most recently Glen is known for his role as Ser Jorah Mormont in the hugely successful HBO series Game of Thrones.
Lesley Sharp - Lil
Although Sharp has appeared in a variety of films throughout her career, she is probably best known by television audiences. In the late 1990s, she was being offered lead role in Common As Muck, which was followed by Playing the Field, which ran for five series. Sharp had supporting parts in Great Expectations, as Mrs Joe, and in Nature Boy, as Martha Tyler, before landing the role of Trudy Graham in Paul Abbott's BAFTA-award-winning Clocking Off. Russell T. Davies then cast her opposite Alan Davies in Bob & Rose, which resulted in a BAFTA nomination for Sharp. Further film roles include The Fully Monty, From Hell, and Cheeky.
Ian Hart - Big Eddie
Ian Hart has had a prolific career across theatre, television and feature films from the early 90s. Most notable are his performances in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone as Professor Quirrel; an unemployed Liverpool shipyard worker in Liam and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the film Finding Neverland in 2004. Most recently Hart has appeared in two hugely successful Television series: HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and the US remake of the Scandi crime hit The Bridge.
Betsan Evans Morris- Producer/ Director
Betsan is a British freelance drama director/ producer. Her work as a Director includes many prestigious and “awarded” feature length single drama’s (Spoonface Steinberg, Suffer the Little Children, Lady Audley’s Secret, Witness Against Hitler etc), flagship episodes of prime time series (Waking the Dead, Band of Gold, Preston Front etc) and three feature films including “Dad Savage” and the soon to be released Dusty & Me. Betsan was BBC trained and has a background in production and script editing.
She is also a prolific commercials director, with campaigns for L’Oreal, Aldi, McDornalds, Ariel etc. Recently Betsan has produced adaptations of “NW” (Zadie Smith), “The City and the City” (China Mieville) and the upcoming Christmas special “War of the Worlds” (H G Wells) , all for the BBC.