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The Truth Will Out

Big names from the film industry, including acclaimed Kenyan actor Oliver Litondo and the band Radiohead are working in an unusual partnership with charities to open people’s eyes to homelessness through the power of film.

The Truth About Stanley, a heartfelt drama set on the streets of London, currently in post-production, will raise money for social enterprise The Big Issue Foundation and homeless charity Anchor House. Its executive producers are Oscar-winning Trademark Films.

The Truth about Stanley stars acclaimed Kenyan actor Oliver Litondo, the lead from the international feature film The First Grader – a film that just won Litondo Best Actor at the prestigious AARP Movies for Grownups Awards and a nomination for Outstanding Actor at the coveted NAACP Image Awards. The Truth About Stanley also stars 12-year-old Raif Clarke and Andrew Lee Potts, lead role in ITV’s Primeval. It was shot in five days in locations in and around central London in early December 2011.

The film features the song “Give up the Ghost” by Radiohead alongside an original score by composer Jack C. Arnold.

Lucy Tcherniak, who won the 2008 Smoke and Mirrors 48 Hour Film Challenge for her film I Stood Up, has directed the 20-minute film. Lucy wrote the script for The Truth About Stanley with Neil Westley, who was runner-up in the 2011 Director’s Circle Scriptwriting Selection.

The Truth About Stanley does not use shock tactics, nor is it be an explicit call to action. Instead it tells the story of an unusual friendship between a boy from the North of England and an elderly African man, who meet on the streets of London.

The film opens when Sam wakes one morning to find Stanley has passed away. As the story progresses we discover that perhaps their friendship was not as perfect as it first seemed. Why is the boy homeless and just what is the truth about Stanley?

A 60 second trailer for The Truth About Stanley has just been released online.

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Big Issue chief executive Stephen Robertson said: “We live in challenging times. From our perspective we know that homelessness is on the increase. This film offers a unique opportunity to lift the lid on some of the stereotypes that are all too frequently associated with extreme disadvantage.

“It is gratifying to see the arts, corporate and charity sectors uniting to bust a few myths. We are delighted to be involved in this project and for the support and awareness that it will raise.”

How to Donate

Text STANLEY2, 3 or 6 to 70300 to give £2, £3 OR £6 to The Truth About Stanley fund.

Your donation will help the homeless to turn their lives around.

100% of the donation will go to homeless charities – Anchor House and The Big Issue Foundation.

Donations will be deducted from your mobile phone bill plus your standard network rate for one text message


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This entry was posted on March 10, 2012 by in Chatty, Magazine, What we're up to and tagged , , , .
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