A short film of despair and of hope,
starring Colin Morgan and Kerrie Hayes,
touching on the complex issue of male suicide.
Interview with Colin Morgan, May 30, 2017
Letter from the film's director, April 7, 2017
Article about the film on TheCALMZone website, April 7, 2017
THE LAUGHING KING is released online for worldwide viewing, March 31, 2017
THE LAUGHING KING reviewed in UnsungFilms.com
Director Lindy Heymann nominated for Best Woman Director - Women in Film & TV
Article by Director Lindy Heymann on the CALM website
THE LAUGHING KING screens at the London Short Film Festival
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A young man (Colin Morgan) arrives in Blackpool, England, the seaside town of his childhood. Unable to reconcile the happy memories of his past with the bleak reality of the present – he determines to end his life.
But can a chance encounter with a girl (Kerrie Hayes) also in trouble be enough to pull him back from the brink of suicide and give him hope for the future?
This is a story of despair and hope, when what seems like an end is really a beginning and how a chance encounter with a stranger can help you find your place in the world.
THE LAUGHING KING is a 15 minute short film that touches on the complex and wide-reaching issue of male suicide. It has been endorsed by the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), a registered charity which exists to prevent male suicide in the UK.
The film was directed by the award-winning Lindy Heymann, whose own story of personal loss to suicide led her to co-write the script with Leigh Campbell. It was produced without financial assistance, with the talented cast and crew donating their time to the project.
Read more about the making of this very special film
Colin Morgan ... Jake
Kerrie Hayes ... Maddie
Cara Seymour ... Emily