Tuesday 21 March 2017 marks the 12th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. On this day events take place around the world to celebrate individuals with Down Syndrome (DS).
To commemorate World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), on March 21st the Down Syndrome Research Foundation UK (DSRF UK)* and Don’t Screen Us Out (DSUO)* are proudly presenting over fifty last-‐chance screenings of the “poignant and beautifully acted” My Feral Heart, which features Steven Brandon, an actor who has Down Syndrome, in the lead role. Steven received two BIFA nominations, a National Film Awards nomination, and universal praise from film critics for his central performance as Luke. BBC Film Critic, Mark Kermode called his portrayal of Luke ‘absolutely terrific’.
My Feral Heart illustrates how we all face challenges regardless of our background, and genetic make-‐up. Its success as a film about ‘ability’ not ‘disability’ has meant that the international DS community, and especially DSUO’s thousands of supporters, have connected passionately with the film.
£1 from every ticket sold for WDSD screenings will be donated to DSRF UK in support of DSUO.
LAST CHANCE TO MAKE SCREENINGS HAPPEN AT A CINEMA NEAR YOU!
In partnership with ourscreen, the cinema-‐on-‐demand website: Vue, Picturehouses, and ODEON are amongst the venues making screenings available nationwide. As with all ourscreen events the screenings will only go ahead if sufficient presales of tickets are met. Cinemagoers will have until March 12 to make these charitable screenings happen. Book online today: www.ourscreen.com/WDSD
Rum Jam Films, the production company behind My Feral Heart and its independent UK release, has chosen March 21 (WDSD) as a fitting finale to My Feral Heart’s breakout big-‐screen success story. Due to public demand, over 100 screenings will have taken place before it leaves our cinemas, a swell of support that prompted ourscreen to dub it “a runaway train”. The film won hearts and minds from Cornwall to The Shetlands as it smashed all previous ourscreen records to become the ‘people powered cinema’ site’s top performing film of all-‐time.
*Down Syndrome Research Foundation UK is the only UK charity seeking to carry out therapeutic research for people with Down syndrome to help improve the quality of their lives.
*Don’t Screen Us Out is an umbrella campaign aiming to stop prenatal discrimination and ensure that the rights of people living with Down’s syndrome are respected by everyone.