Cornwall-based theatre company Wildworks sees its show hit cinemas this summer
Couples heading to Cornwall for their honeymoon this summer shouldn't miss seeing the stunning landscapes in the internationally renowned, Cornwall-based theatre company Wildworks' show I AM KEVIN which has been reimagined for the film. It will receive its world premiere on Sunday 9th July in Truro's Plaza Cinema from 6 pm, followed by screenings in cinemas across Cornwall until Saturday, July 29th.
Captured during its dramatic live performances on Cornwall's Carlyon Beach during the summer of 2022 but with added extras, I AM KEVIN is a genre-defying, theatre/film hybrid. Described as 'dark, humorous, fiery and honest', it is ultimately a moving story about imagination and grief - about being lost in the dark, and realising you are not alone.
The first opportunity to see I AM KEVIN on screen is on Sunday 9th July in Truro's Plaza Cinema from 6 pm, followed by the White River Cinema in St Austell on Thursday 13th July at 6 pm and at Regal Cinema, Redruth on Thursday 20th July 2023 at 7.30 pm. I AM KEVIN will subsequently be screened at the Savoy Cinema in Penzance on Thursday 27th July 2023 at 7.30 pm and The Poly, Falmouth will show the film on Saturday 29th July 2023 from 7.30 pm. Each screening will be followed by an engaging Q&A session with a variety of different cast members, creatives and community.
Co-directed by artistic director Mydd Pharo and performance lighting and video designer, Joshua Pharo, the plot features a young boy who creates a make-believe world to escape his truth. Wildworks’ artistic director, Mydd Pharo said, “There is magic in live theatre, it is ephemeral, existing for a moment and then disappearing, only remaining in people’s memories. So, from the beginning, we weren’t trying to create a facsimile of what we created on the beach. Instead, we returned to the earlier work, sections of narrative and research that had come from our work with communities in and around St Austell. We worked with some quite specialist groups that look at mental health and help people live through trauma. It’s been really special to add those extra layers to the film.”
Wildworks’ CEO and I Am Kevin producer, Emma Hogg says, "We're really excited for the screenings across Cornwall in July and we're now in conversations about screenings outside of Cornwall over the coming months. It's a brilliant opportunity to showcase the fantastic creative talent we have here and we're really grateful to the Screen Growth Fund run by Cultivator Cornwall, for supporting this film."
I AM KEVIN naturally follows Wildworks’ highly effective, process for creating high-quality professional theatre experiences with an inclusive participatory community process at its heart. In developing the show, last year, the team was out and about working with the local people in and around St Austell to develop the show alongside a rigorous programme of engagement. This will be reflected in the 2023 film.
I AM KEVIN has been rated 12A by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) meaning it is suitable for children aged 12 and above and possibly under if accompanied by an adult. The film has a duration of 97 minutes followed by an optional Q&A session. Tickets for an adult are priced at £8.50 and £6.80 for seniors.
For more information about the film, Wildworks, and to book tickets, please visit: https://wildworks.org.uk/projects/i-am-kevin-film