Jack O’Connell and Holliday Grainger star in new short film HOME to be released nationwide on World Refugee Day. - SHORT FILM NEWS


Posted by Craig Grobler on Google+ On Thursday, June 02, 2016

Jack O’Connell and Holliday Grainger star in new short film HOMEWe are huge fans of Jack O’Connell over here at The Establishing Shot, as well as Bafta award-winning film director Daniel Mulloy who you may remember from his work on the The VAIO Nation project (as well as his award winning film work), and fast becoming fans of Holliday Grainger after seeing her in The Finest Hours.

Immigration has become a burning and divisive subject, more so when politics and voting are on everyone's minds. And it's easy to lose sight of the humanity in the issues. Full kudos to the team behind Home for trying to put an emotive face to the subject. It would be great to see the same homegrown talent and their backers putting their efforts behind issues that affect the many people on the streets of the UK.

   Jack O’Connell and Holliday Grainger star in new short film 'HOME' to be released nationwide on World Refugee Day.



Jack O'Connell and Holliday Grainger create a powerful twenty minute short film shot in three countries. The film supported by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency will screen in selected cinemas nationwide from Monday 20th June 2016.

Jack O’Connell in HOME
Jack O’Connell in HOME [ZOOM]  

HOME - As thousands of men, women and children attempt to get into Europe, a comfortable English family experience a life changing journey of their own.

The ambition of the 20-minute film is to address the current refugee crisis and help drive global awareness to support UNHCR’s World Refugee Day on Monday 20th June.

Written and directed by BAFTA-winning director, Daniel Mulloy (BABY, ANTONIO’S BREAKFAST, DAD), HOME aims to remind the viewer that refugees are just like you or I - fathers, mothers, sons and daughters – for whom the meaning of the word “home” has undergone a traumatic re-evaluation.

Welcoming the UK launch of HOME Gonzalo Vargas Llosa, UK Representative for UNHCR, said:
UNHCR is delighted to support HOME. The film is a powerful reminder of the importance of a place to call home, which, when people are forced to flee, can be lost in an instant.  At a time of unprecedented forced displacement around the world, HOME is a powerful reminder that becoming a refugee can happen to any one of us.”
Jack O’Connell and Holliday Grainger get behind the refugee crisis along with the support of artists including Coldplay, Dizzee Rascal and Wiley who all donated music for the sound track.

Daniel Mulloy, Director, says:
We want to address the disconnect with refugees and do something to rip down the sense of them and us.”

Actress Arta Dobroshi, Executive Producer of HOME says:
When I was living in a war zone, and then became a refugee, I used to think that if countries in freedom would feel what we are feeling at this moment. If they would see us as their families, just for one minute, they would help. And this is exactly what HOME does, it puts you in the shoes of refugees.”

     Video: HOME Trailer starring Jack O'Connell & Holliday Grainger                                                     

HOME - As thousands of men, women and children attempt to get into Europe, a comfortable English family experience a life changing journey of their own.

A family, led by their confident and caring father (Jack O'Connell), heads out on what appears to be a holiday. However it slowly becomes clear that they are in fact leaving the security and safety of a leafy suburb to cross Europe and make their way into the middle of a war zone. As they travel the father's re-assurances ring hollow as under great stress the father buckles and the mother's (Holliday Grainger) strength takes over.

Intimate and touching the film reaches for a truth through its absurd premise of reversing the refugee journey. HOME depicts the breakdown and rebuilding of trust and love amid the horrors of war and migration. We witness the realities and trauma of being refugees as within the family, roles of leadership and bravery are passed from one parent to another.

HOME is a sensitive, layered and complex exploration of how fear can bring out the best and worst in all of us.The project is further supported by leading augmented reality and visual discovery app, Blippar. For the first

time ever on World Refugee Day June 20th, users can show their support of refugees in crisis by"blipping"(scanning) their hand through the Blippar app. This allows them to show support by signing the petition, watching the film and spreading the unique hashtag which will be announced on 9th June 2016.

Funded and produced by Black Sheep Studios, Somesuch and Dokufest with donations from Open Society Foundation-London, United Agencies in Kosovo, USAID and the films cast and crew among many others.

HOME is released in cinemas nationwide on World Refugee Day, 20th June. Will you stand #WithRefugees? Visit withrefugees.org

The Establishing Shot: JACK O’CONNELL AND HOLLIDAY GRAINGER STAR IN NEW SHORT FILM HOME TO BE RELEASED NATIONWIDE ON WORLD REFUGEE DAY. - SHORT FILM NEWS

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