December 2016

London based Starline Entertainment has swooped up world rights on family feature, We Can Be Heroes, starring veterans Alison Steadman (Orphan Black, Gavin and Stacey) and Phil Davis (Poldark, Mr Holmes), as well as Steve Oram (Sightseers) and Finty Williams (Macbeth), alongside a fresh young cast of complete newcomers.

Adapted from Catherine Bruton's celebrated novel of the same name, distributed worldwide by Egmont and nominated for the coveted Carnegie Medal, Redbridge Children's Award and Centurion Award, We Can Be Heroes marks the debut feature of Claire Downes, who also wrote the screenplay along with Ian Jarvis and Stuart Lane. 

The story centres on 11-year-old Ben, played by newcomer Toby Haste, who, ten years after losing his dad in the New York Twin Towers attacks, is sent to stay with his grandparents for the summer holidays. Quickly befriending super-smart girl next door, Priti (Marissa Patel), the two team up with Ben's 12-year-old cousin, Jed (Sam Cox) when they start to believe they are on the brink of uncovering a major terrorist plot, with Priti's devout Muslim older brother the target of their suspicions.

"In today's post 9/11 world, perhaps now more than ever characterised by racial tension and religious misunderstanding, there could hardly be a better time for We Can Be Heroes," remarked Starline Director of Acquisitions, Piers Nightingale, who added that the film's "simple, heart-warming message of hope looks set to win over audiences around the world."

Producer, Thomasina Gibson, added "We are delighted to be working with our partners at Starline Entertainment to present this cracking family adventure to an international audience."

The film is currently in post-production, set for delivery January 2017.

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