Stars: JESSICA BROWN FINLAY
(Downton Abbey; Winter’s Tale; The Riot Club),
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy
A family film like no other, Iris Warriors tells the mythical story of the birth of colour, fusing dance with dazzling costumes and makeup, innovative special effects and original music. This spectacle of colour, light, and action will enthral audiences of all ages.
When a group of orphans are trapped in a cellar during an air raid, their teacher reads them a story to calm their frayed nerves. But as the bombs continue to fall and their candles burn low, they begin to wonder if they will ever escape.
England, 1940: When bombs trap eight children in the cellar of their orphanage, their teacher, Miss Shaw (Jessica Brown Findlay) starts to read them a story. As the tale unfolds, they are magically transported to a timeless, mythical island, where they witness the story of Darkness and Light, and of how their union and their conflict produced the Iris Warriors, the seven brilliant colours of the rainbow which imbue the world with colour. As the candles burn low and bombs continue to fall around them, Darkness seeks revenge on her colourful children like a vicious black widow spider. From a distance, Miss Shaw and the orphans begin to fear that neither they nor the Iris Warriors will survive the encroaching darkness.
103-minute feature film; Three part (72min) Documentary; Live show with a running time of 2 hours; Children's books
Leading Actor, Jessica Brown Findlay as Miss Shaw
An English actress, Jessica trained with the National Youth Ballet and the Associates of the Royal Ballet. At age 15, she was invited to dance with the Kirov at the Royal Opera House for a summer season. She is best known for playing Lady Sybil Crawley in ITV's Downton Abbey and Emelia Conan-Doyle in the British comedy-drama Albatross.
Leading Dancer, Cindy Okkers as Darkness
Born and raised in Cape Town, Cindy Okkers is a third generation classically trained ballerina who trained with the UCT School of Ballet, before joining the Cape Town Junior Ballet in 2005. She travelled with Brigitte Reeves to America, winning a Scholarship for Jazz, contemporary and lyrical studies, and returned to dance with the Bovim Ballet and tour Europe with an international production of Carmen.