Move Mountains Productions have released the official trailer for new film The Sun Also Rises, due for release in Summer. The Sun Also Rises is the directorial debut of a full-length film by Roland Manookian (The Football Factory, RocknRolla) and is produced by Shane McCormick (Castle In The Sky, Let’s Talk About George), Tom Gordon (Good Shout film collective Founder), Josh Witcher (Checkpoints, Castle in the Sky) and Franky Lankester (Ron Hopper’s Misfortune).
The film focuses on Raye (Gina Jones), a woman trapped in an abusive relationship. The film charts her struggle to survive, her journey to escape, and how the cycle of violence affects everyone who comes into contact with it.
The Sun Also Rises is a beautiful film with an ultimately positive message of redemption; it pays homage to the strength of the human spirit. The film draws inspiration from the Ernest Hemmingway book Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises, portraying Raye’s journey through the lens of a metaphorical bull run.
Producer Shane McCormick says: “We have produced a film that looks to shine a light on the immensely damaging cycle of violence. We hope this helps sufferers of abuse and their journey of recovery.”
DirectorRoland Manookian says: “The film explores the cyclical nature of domestic violence and how difficult it is to break that cycle. It’s a story of empowerment and redemption. I hope the film empowers victims to come forward & find support. It’s a dark story which I tried to give some light to without exploiting or being voyeuristic. Being part of this project has allowed me to really express myself.”
Actor Craig Fairbrass, who plays the character, Lee, says: “It’s an emotionally driven film, a human story at its heart & a great script. It’s a heavy-duty film”.
The stellar cast includes Gina Jones (Alleycats, Above the Fire), Shane McCormick (Mister Mayfair, Rise of the Footsoldier Origins), Craig Fairbrass (Muscle, Villain, Cliffhanger), Geoff Bell (Green Street, The Business, Kingsman: The Secret Service), Simon Manyonda (Pennyworth, The Witches, The Bay), Eddie Webber (The Firm, The Business, To be Someone), Josh Witcher (Let’s Talk About George, Rise of the Footsoldier Origins), Calum MacNab (The Football Factory, The Firm) Lottie Lewis (Get Lucky, Outside Bet, London Heist) Kadeem Ramsay (Top Boy, Blue Story), Miguella Charley, Aimée Hills (The Bystanders, Crackajack), Karen Seacombe (Made in Dagenham, Fingersmith), Byron Gibson (Only God Forgives), Tom Gordon (Black Cab, Spitfire Over Berlin), Tom Padley (Allied) and James Hicks (Miss Monday).