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The Laughing King At London Short Film Awards

If you’re a huge Colin Morgan fan *hears teenage girls the world over sigh*, you’ll already know about this, but in case you’re not…

We’re very pleased to report that The Laughing King, a short film endorsed by CALM, starring Humans actor Colin Morgan, is screening for the first time at London Short Film Festival on 12th January at 20:45 at Hackney Picturehouse.

The 15 minute movie touches on the sensitive subject of male suicide, which accounts for 76% of all suicides in the UK and is the biggest single killer of men aged under 45.

Directed by the award-winning Lindy Heymann, whose own story of personal loss to suicide led her to co-write the script, it was produced without financial assistance, with talent and crew dedicating their time in kind.

Humans and The Laughing King star, Colin Morgan, said:

“The instant I read The Laughing King I was magnetically and emotionally pulled into its immense beauty and tragic power, the journey of a man on the edge, a man who is perhaps on his final journey but ultimately finds hope and a reason to go on living. It reminded me of how difficult and precious life can be and I felt compelled to communicate Jake’s journey and to understand a man who finds himself in the place he does. Working closely with Lindy Heymann throughout was a hugely rewarding process, we came together by chance and everything about this project from everyone involved comes directly from the heart and I feel that’s reflected in every element of it. The end result is a film that takes a snapshot of a much bigger issue on a very human and personal level and I feel truly proud to have been a part of this special project.”

Stay tuned for more about The Laughing King or visit thelaughingkingfilm.com where you can see behind the scenes stuff, watch the official trailer and more… (@thelaughingking on Twitter)

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