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.

LOGLINE

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. 

SHORT SUMMARY

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. 

FORMATS

103-minute feature film; Three part (72min) Documentary; Live show with a running time of 2 hours; Children's books 

KEY TALENT

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.

 

KEY BIOGRAPHIES

Written, Directed and Produced by Roydon Turner

South African by birth, Roydon now calls the UK his home. He studied at the School of Art and Design, Natal, South Africa and worked for global advertising agencies for over 20 years as Art Director and Creative Director, creating award winning work across a wide range of brands and services. In 2015 he co-founded Donroy Entertainment with writer Don Macnab-Stark and executive producers Mark Calvert and Joanne Billington. Roydon has directed short and documentary films, and his first feature film, ‘Stones’, based on the true life experiences of singer/songwriter Alexander McKay, won the 2016 London Independent Film Festival Best Feature Award and has headlined at a number of festivals in the UK and South Africa. Roydon is a Trustee for the charity Live Life Give Life and the creator and Director for the awareness charity The Orgamites. 

Screenwriter and Producer Don Macnab-Stark, BSc, MA, MA

Born in England, Don has traveled widely, living in California, Alabama, North Carolina, Wales, and Salamanca, Spain. After a varied career in executive management, Don became a screenwriter, script doctor and consultant. Don has written and consulted on dozens of feature scripts, many of which have been optioned or produced, and taught Screenwriting at South Essex College. He also wrote the best-selling graphic novel, “Treadwater”. In 2011 Don partnered with Roydon Turner to create Donroy Films. Their first feature film, Stones, recently won Best Feature Film at the London Independent Film Festival.

KEY CREW

Executive Producers Julie Baines and Johnathan Taylor
Julie is a double Bafta winning producer. Julie and Jonathan are known for their work on Detour; Triangle; 24 Hour Party People; The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Cinematography by Grant Appleton
Grant is credited for his work on The Giver; Long Walk to Freedom; Chronicle; Homeland.

Visual Effects by Rob Rae
Rob is credited for his work on Batman Begins; James Bond – Die Another Day; Sahara.

Music Composed by Matthew Olyver & Jake Bright
Matthew Olyver wrote the score, which was produced by Jake Bright.

Score Recording by Slovak National Symphony Orchestra

Score Mixed by Peter Fuchs
Peter is a double Grammy winner known for his work on Iron Man 3; Now You See Me; Non-Stop.

Dance Direction by Delia Sainsbury
Delia Sainsbury is an acclaimed dancer and choreographer who has acted and danced professionally in nine London West End productions. She has also presented numerous TV shows in South Africa.

Re-Recording Mixing by Nigel Heath, double BAFTA winner, five Emmy nominations: Nigel is credited for his work on Casino Royale; Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. 

Stills Photography by Joe Alblas
Joe is credited for his work on The Gunman; The Salvation; Dredd 3D.

Editing by Tim Goodwin
Tim is credited for his work on The Borrowers.

Post-production by Molinare
Molinare are known for their work on The Kings Speech; Ex-Machina; Brooklyn.

Sound Post-Production by Hackenbacker
Hackenbacker are known for their work on In Bruges; Hot Fuzz; The Girl With The Pearl Earring.

STATUS

Post-production on IRIS WARRIORS is nearing its end, due for completion summer 2017. A British film shot in South Africa, written and directed by Roydon Turner (Stones), with a screenplay by Don Macnab-Stark (Stones; Long, Cold Winter; Act Like You Love Me). Iris Warriors is produced by Roydon Turner, Don Macnab-Stark and Red Petal Productions’ Toni Marais (The Story of an African Farm; Wah-Wah), executive produced by Mark Calvert, Joanne Billington, double BAFTA winner Julie Baines (Triangle; Creep; The Cat’s Meow) and Jonathan Taylor (The Riot Club; The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel). The cast is led by Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey; Winter’s Tale; The Riot Club), and principal dancers from South Africa’s leading dance schools.

 

Please visit the website to see the Teaser Trailer
and Making Of Documentaries: