FILM - WORLD PREMIERE CHARITY GALA :
Thursday 16th March 2017– ODEON CINEMA LEICESTER SQUARE
24-26 Leicester Square, London, WC2H 7JY
Arrivals from: 6.15pm
Guests to be seated by: 7.00pm
DRESS: SMART ATTIRE
Bill Kenwright Films and Vertigo Releasing present
ANOTHER MOTHER’S SON
Starring Jenny Seagrove, Ronan Keating, John Hannah, Amanda Abbington, Susan Hampshire, Nicholas Farrell and Julian Kostov
The film opens Nationwide on Mother’s Day weekend (24th March 2017)
BASED ON A TRUE STORY
JERSEY CHANNEL ISLANDS 1942 - THE ONLY BRITISH TERRITORY TO FALL UNDER NAZI RULE
Another Mother’s Son tells the true story of Louisa Gould, a largely unsung heroine of the Second World War. Under the rule of history’s most evil regime, and abandoned by Churchill on the brink of the war, The Channel Islanders were the first to experience life under the Third Reich. Jersey became something of a prison island, where captured POW’s (particularly from Russia) were bought and forced to build an Atlantic Wall, a huge concrete fortification to defend the islands from British counter attack. British citizens who were not born on the island were sent to Germany.
Louisa Gould, a simple shop keeper charged with delivering the dwindling rations to her undernourished community, learns that one of her sons has been killed in battle. At the same time a young POW escapes from the German prison camp, and Louisa feels compelled to look after him – a Russian POW. Despite her family’s protests, she believes that this is the right thing to do and that “Any mother would do the same”.
Despite the obvious dangers, Louisa is confident her small and close knit community will protect her and her new family member “Bill” as he adjusts to life with her and her family. German paranoia and oppression increases with the escalation of war, and with it the solidarity of the islanders begins to fall apart. Lou’s family learn that neighbours are turning on each other in exchange for food and other privileges from the German regime. Against this backdrop, Louisa fights for her family and the protection of Bill as if he were her own son – it is viewed by many as acting in far too cavalier a way in such troubled circumstances. If Louisa’s secret is uncovered, it will not only be her but her entire family who suffers…
Directed by Emmy-nominated Christopher Menaul (Summer in February, Killing Jesus) Another Mother's Son is the first feature screenplay from writer Jenny Lecoat, who is the great Niece of Louisa Gould.
Playing the principle role of Louisa Gould, Jenny Seagrove adds to her film credits that include Local Hero (Bill Forsyth), The Guardian (William Friedkin), and the Oscar winning A Shocking Accident (James Scott). Her television successes include starring roles in A Woman of Substance, Diana, and the long running Judge John Deed. She is also the only actress to have starred in plays at every major London playhouse.
Singer-songwriter, Ronan Keating, plays Louisa’s brother Harold Gould. Apart from his many million selling records both as a solo artist and as a member of Boyzone, Keating has recently appeared as Guy in the West End stage production of Once, for which he earned rave reviews.
John Hannah (The Mummy film franchise, Four Weddings and a Funeral, and television’s Damages and Spartacus), and Amanda Abbington (Sherlock, Mr. Selfridge), play the remaining members of Louisa’s family, whilst Emmy Award-winning Susan Hampshire (television’s Monarch of the Glenn, The Forsyte Saga), Nicholas Farrell (Chariots of Fire) and Peter Wight (Another Year, Babel) make up the British contingent. The film also introduces an exciting young actor, Julian Kostov, as the young Russian POW.
Louisa Gould, and her brother and sister were amongst the first recipients of Her Majesty’s British Hero of the Holocaust Awards in March 2010.
An excellent film and a very enjoyable experience
From the storyline to the casta' amazing acting, it was an emotional experience to learn about a part of Second World War not as well known.
A very amateurish film with wooden acting and a laboured script. The fact that it was a true story was its only redeeming feature. Similar to the worst of BBC Sunday evening drama.
The film was well filmed and gave an insight into how the people of Jersey must have felt under German control of their island. Also the fact that the film is based on a true story makes it compelling and very sad. The acting was fantastic and Jenny Seagrove and cast did not fail to deliver. I would highly recommend watching it and really enjoyed seeing the cast at the premiere.
Brilliant film, very moving, true story.
Excellent firm all round acting ,directing ,production and camerawork brilliant
Amazing, emotional rollercoaster and a heart-warming story!
The film was incredibly moving and touching, a mothers love to help a complete stranger under such conditions is amazing. The fact that it's all based on true events makes me recommend want to everyone. Brilliant
Brilliantly acted by Jenny Seagrove and Julian Kostov.
Fantastic! Must see. Loved train scene. Super Children actress with long blonde hair, behind Jenny Seagrove!
Horrific portrayal of the cruelty of the Nazi's on Jersey during WW2, against Russian prisoners & any islanders causing them problems. Also an uplifting true tale of human compassion & courage.
To think that people still inflict pain and suffering on others is terrible - this true movie shows people at their best and their worst.
A fantastic moving true story. A must see and is in my opinion ok for older children to watch. I will watch it again!
Loved every scene of this film. Really well made and well told story. Julian Kostov's performance of a russian soldier was stellar.
I really enjoyed the whole event. The red carpet walk was very pleasant. It was a pleasure to have the producer address us. I would say that we should have had more snacks and food available and more importantly more options
Really enjoyed the film very moving and thought provoking. I thought Ronan did very well for his first serious role. It was funny in places and sad in others but very good and will go and see it again when it comes to my local cinena
There are a limited number of wheelchair seats available in the stalls – which will be allocated on a first come first served basis. There are wheelchair accessible toilets on this level as well and it is a flat route in to the cinema from the end of the carpet.
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When Can I Go
Thursday 16th March 2017
Arrivals from: 6.15pm
Guests to be seated by: 7.00pm
Where Do I Go
Odeon Cinema Leicester Square
24-26 Leicester Square,