As devout Jehovah's Witnesses, sisters Alex and Luisa and their mother, Ivanna, are united in The Truth. Alex looks up to her confident older sister, while striving to follow in Ivanna's footsteps as a ‘good Witness'. But when Luisa starts to question the advice of the Elders, she makes a life-altering transgression that threatens to expel her from the congregation. Unless Ivanna and Alex can persuade her to return, they must shun her completely. This challenge becomes more painful when their family is faced with another heartbreaking test of faith.
Written and directed by Daniel Kokotajlo, a former Jehovah’s Witness, Apostasy is a remarkable debut film, providing rare authenticity and insight into faith, family, duty and love.
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The film will have it's world premiere at Toronto Film Festival 2017 and will have it's UK premiere at London Film Festival 2017.
London Film Festival 2017 - Awarded The IWC Schaffhausen Filmmakers Bursary Award, Nominated for First Feature Competition
Dan Kokotajlo - Writer/Director
Coming from a background in fine arts, Daniel is a self-taught director and writer from Manchester. In 2015, he was green lit through iFeatures3 (BBC/BFI/CE) to direct his debut feature film Apostasy. He was selected by Screen International as a 2015 Star of Tomorrow. In 2012, he was selected for iFeatures2 to develop his feature film, The Prefect. This project was also selected for development by the Biennale Cinema College 2013 (Venice Film Festival) and was a semi-finalist for The Academy’s Nicholl Fellowships Award 2014. Daniel also participated in the EIFF Talent Lab 2013, Screen Yorkshire’s Triangle scheme 2013, Filmonomics 2014, Creative England’s Talent Centre 2014 and Film London’s Micro-Market 2014. Daniel’s short films have screened at multiple major festivals. His short film, Myra, was long-listed for a 2012 BAFTA.
Marcie MacLellan - Producer
Marcie is founder of Frank & Lively, a London-based film and content production house established in 2001. In 2012, her feature project The Prefect was developed through iFeatures2 before being selected from 433 projects across 77 countries for Venice International Film Festival’s inaugural film lab. In October 2014, The Prefect was singled out for continued development support through Film London. In 2015, Marcie was chosen by Birds Eye View, an organisation established to celebrate women’s work in film, to participate in their Filmonomics programme. With an MA in Screenwriting and Production, she has enjoyed film festival success with a raft of narrative shorts and documentaries including Off Yer ‘Head starring Andrew Shim (This is England). Passionate about changing the portrayal of women in the media, she premiered a documentary on the subject at Southbank’s Women of the World (WOW) Festival. She was listed as ‘one to watch’ in Campaign Magazine’s Future Female list.
Andrea Cornwell - Producer
Andrea currently is Head of Film for Grain Labs, the feature film arm of Oscar-winning production company Grain Media, and is producing a slate of scripted and documentary features. Her most recent scripted film is Apostasy, and she is currently in production on the Texas-set feature A Convenient Execution directed by Patrick Forbes, the observational documentary The Seahorse directed by Jeanie Finlay, and Bruce Lee & the Outlaw (in post production), directed by Joost Vandebrug. Andrea’s most recent released films include Suite Francaise starring Michelle Williams, Kristin-Scott Thomas & Matthias Schoenaerts; The Last Days on Mars starring Liev Schreiber & Olivia Williams (world premiere at Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes); the award-winning The Scouting Book for Boys, and comedy-drama Micro Men for the BBC.
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