|Directed by||Marilyn Edmond|
|Produced by||Marilyn Edmond|
|Written by||Marilyn Edmond|
|Music by||Benjamin McMillan|
|Edited by||Sarah Louise Bates|
Angel Face Productions
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Connect is a Scottish drama film directed by Marilyn Edmond and starring Kevin Guthrie, Siobhan Reilly and Stephen McCole. The film follows the central character of Brian, living in a small town in Scotland, he must overcome his depression and the voice that haunts him daily.
Brian (Kevin Guthrie) is a young man struggling with his mental health. Outwardly, he keeps calm, goes to work and carries on, and nobody talks about the loss. He never feels that it's possible to share his feelings, until care home owner Jeff (Stephen McCole) becomes a source of support. A flirtation with single mother Sam (Siobhan Reilly) could be a reason to choose life. Moments of optimism clash with dark despair in a strikingly filmed tale shot in North Berwick. Suicide among young men is a major issue in Scotland. Connect is an ambitious attempt to confront the issue in a heartfelt drama.
- Kevin Guthrie as Brian
- Siobhan Reilly as Sam
- Stephen McCole as Jeff
- Sara Vickers as Debbie
- Cameron Fulton as Gavin
Release and reception
Connect is director, Marilyn Edmond's debut film. It premiered at the 2019 Glasgow Film Festival  It was also selected to play at The Orlando Film Festival, Film Focus Festival and The Sydney Indie Film Festival where it picked up several nominations (Best Film, Best Drama Film, Best Male lead & Best Female Lead)  and saw Marilyn Edmond win Best Director.
The film had a successful local cinema run throughout Scotland with screenings at the Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre, The GFT, Grosvenor Cinema, The Scotsman Picturehouse and more.
Eddie Harrison of Film Authority rated the film with 4 stars stating, “Connect is a simple and effective drama that shines a light on a subject that most films avoid or exploit; hopefully it’ll gain a following by offering a fresh take on a universally mis-understood subject that needs tackled today.”
The film also received some well deserved publicity from publications eager to shine a light on the movies theme of male suicide from newspapers such as The Times, Daily Record and The Scottish Sun
Marilyn Edmond's debut saw her catapulted onto Bafta's radar where she took part in a career Close-up Q&A Session
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|2019||Sydney Indie Film Festival||Best Director||Marilyn Edmond||Won|
|Best Male Lead Actor||Kevin Guthrie||Nominated|
|Best Female Lead Actress||Siobhan Reilly||Nominated|
|Best Film||Marilyn Edmond||Nominated|
|Best Drama Film||Marilyn Edmond||Nominated|
Category:Scottish films Category:British films Category:Films set in Scotland Category:Films shot in Scotland Category:2015 films Category:English-language films Category:British independent films Category:2015 comedy films Category:2015 directorial debut films
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