BASED ON A TRUE STORY
A BOY, A MAN AND A KITE
In the life of British Composer Stephen Endelman. Based on a true story, the film explores themes of love, sexual abuse and redemption. It's a film about loss of innocence and hope. In an abstract telling, the film is based on true events in the early life of a British composer who was sexually abused as a young man at Carmel College in the United Kingdom. Known before it closed down in 1997 as the Jewish Eaton, Carmel was one of the finest boarding schools in England. It held a dark secret, which remained entombed until a British Crown Court case in 2015, when a former housemaster was convicted on 16 counts of indecent assault, six counts of indecency with a child, and three other sexual offenses, for which he was sent to prison.
Stephen wanted to make the film to show others that repressing dark secrets can cause disease. He also made it to start a foundation by the same name to help victims of child sexual abuse speak their truth.
1 in 5 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused by the age of 18. This has to stop!
Stephen Endelman is a Grammy-nominated composer, arranger, producer, and educator whose work ranges from lush, classical film scores, to contemporary, pop-driven tapestries. He has worked with many artists, including Elvis Costello, Diana Krall, KT Tunstall, Sheryl Crow, Robbie Williams, Alanis Morissette, Natalie Cole and the soprano Renee Fleming.
Over 70 film credits have followed including Lionsgate's Two Family House, which received an Audience Award for Best Dramatic Film at the Sundance Film Festival 2000, Disney's Tom and Huck, Norman Rene's Reckless, and Largo Entertainment's City of Industry, directed by John Irvin. He also scored October Film's Kicked in the Head, a Martin Scorsese production directed by Matthew Harrison, Polygram Filmed Entertainment's The Proposition, Largo Entertainment's Finding Graceland, Morgan Creek's Imaginary Crimes, and Sony's cult classic Jawbreaker.
Endelman is currently in the process of writing a Broadway show based on the iconic British television show, Upstairs Downstairs, for which he obtained the rights in 2016. He has just finished working with Raymond DeFelitta, his longtime collaborator, on Stano, a baseball drama starring Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello.
Adam recently received a 2018 Emmy nominated “best digital drama” for producing Tainted Dreams (Amazon). He is attached to direct Dear Jane, a romantic comedy set in Scotland and is currently in post-production for a feature documentary he is directing. In The Shadow of the Flag charts the journey of 16 military veterans finding home and tribe after war through the backdrop of dance therapy and a unique program with Diavolo Dance Theatre. He is in pre-production for a new celebrity driven comedy prank series he co-created You’ve Been Had!
He spent several formative years in children’s programming and was a proud directors unit member of multiple Emmy winning seasons of Sesame Street. Bear In The Big Blue House, The Book Of Pooh and Between The Lions. His director credits include Seasons In The Valley narrated by Elliot Gould which was a winner of several festival awards during its run and the horror feature Death On Demand, as well as directing numerous home DVD titles for Sony & Sesame Street and the award winning Jane Tuesday shorts, which he created, wrote and produced for the multi Emmy winning series. Additionally he has directed or produced several short films including Falling to Pieces, American Girl and Sex & Camping.
He has been a busy show runner / director with major cable unscripted properties like American Pickers, Billy the Exterminator, Donnie Loves Jenny, Atlanta Plastic, The Mentor, and Yard Attack.
He is currently writing a feature script about African American transgender opera singer Breanna Sinclair and is thrilled to have been instrumental in shepherding A Boy a Man and a Kite for the last 2 years with collaborator Stephen Endelman.
Ajay graduated in business and finance and went on to become a broker in the early 2000s. He quickly found that whilst the finance industry was very rewarding, his passion resided elsewhere.
He started in the entertainment industry as an actor appearing in many TV and film productions as well as commercials in the US, which led him, in late 2008, to the world of producing. He invested heavily in himself in order to be well equipped with the tools, skills and know-how of creating and producing stories to share with the masses.
Since then, Ajay has produced a number of film projects in both Los Angeles and London winning over 30 awards along the way and currently, aside from A Boy A Man and A Kite, has a slate of 8 projects he’s actively working on, including feature filmThe Hound’s Curse; and TV series, Shattered Glass.
Tommy is eleven years old and currently training at The Limitless academy of Performing Arts in Hertfordshire.
As well as a very accomplished actor, Tommy’s singing and Dancing abilities are way beyond his years.
Theatre credits includes Peter Pan, James and the Giant Peach, Showcase, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor dreamcoat and Hairspray.
Film credits Bad Dreams.
After graduating from Arts Ed, Dan went straight into Britain’s only surviving weekly rep company; Frinton weekly rep. After that baptism of fire Dan went on to play the title role in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of The Prince of Homburg - for which he was nominated for the prestigious Iain Charleson award. Other theatre work includes a west end production of A Few Good Men with Rob Lowe, directed by David Esbjornson & Aaron Sorkin. Theatre d’ Complicité’s award winning production of Mnemonic, and a number of plays with world renowned director; Sir Peter Hall. Dan’s most recent stage work was the Globe Theatre’s production of Merchant of Venice with Jonathan Pryce, which transferred to the Lincoln Centre on Broadway.
Film work ranges from the rom-com Love Actually, to the thriller Bourne Ultimatum, and everything in between.
TV includes period dramas like the BBC’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma, to recurring characters in Silent Witness, opposite Tom Conti in Donovan amongst many others. He will be seen in the BBC’s highly anticipated drama; Press, broadcast this fall.
Aside from acting, Dan produced, wrote and starred in Broken Lines - the only British feature film selected for the prestigious Venice Film Festival in 2008.
Jerome studied at Mountview Theatre School, London. His film work includes D.I Foster in ‘Gangs of Tooting Broadway’, ‘The Suit’ in ‘Zero’; Peck in ‘Prosopagnosia’; Frank in ‘The Invisible Man’ (360 degree film for Alphabet Pictures).
He also makes his own documentaries and films, including the series of four films ‘A Meeting of Minds with Desmond Alconbury.’ He will be filming another in October in which he will play President Richard Nixon.
TV work includes Drop the Dead Donkey (CH4), Heartbeat (ITV), Dalziel and Pascoe (BBC), Grafters, The Bill (ITV), The Strangerers (Sky TV), Fallen Angel, Ghost Squad (ITV).
Theatre work includes The Who’s rock musical ‘Tommy’(Frankfurt and London);
John Proctor in The Crucible (Judi Dench Theatre);Zachy Brown in ‘The Incomers’
(London and UK tour). Numerous appearances at the Edinburgh Festival include: The
Dead Move fast; Greedy Scratchers; Cell G159; The Condition of the Virgin; Dad’s
Jerome is also the front man for the band ‘The Prods’.
Melissa Bayern is an American actor living in London. London Credits include the UK premier of The Donkey Show, and the world premier of new musical, Out There, at the Union Theatre. She hails from New York City, where she has worked extensively in theatre and film. She recently made headlines in the theatre world for stepping in to play The Witch at The Royal Exchange's Into The Woods. As a singer/songwriter, she also has an internationally released self-written album, Cedarwood Road. She is a proud graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Oberlin College.
Josephine is a British actress originally from the West Country. She undertook formal acting training under scholarship at The Oxford School of Drama. Prior to this she obtained a Performing Arts degree from London Metropolitan University where she went on to cofound Metra Theatre. There she devised and performed regularly on various stages including- The Oxford Playhouse, Battersea Arts Centre, WMC and Edinburgh Fringe festival, roles included Irina (Three Sisters) and Isabella (Measure for Measure). Her most resent stage and screen credits include- The Mousetrap (Westend), Cancel the Sunshine (UK Tour), Humans (Channel 4) and The Little Stranger (film4).
Edwin Flay studied Film & Drama at Reading University from 1995-1998. After a 12-year hiatus which included a career in broadcasting and performing as an escape artist in cabarets across Europe, he returned to acting in 2010. Film and TV credits include Outlander, Suffragettes, Grace Of Monaco, Crowhurst, Servants' Quarters and Refugee, which won the Children's BAFTA for Best Drama in 2016; stage credits include The Tailor-Made Man (Offie-nominated for Best Production), The Crystal Egg, The House, The Brighton Killers, and the one-man show Shoe Horn. Edwin also wrote, produced and appeared in a short film called An Unkind Word in 2017, which was an official selection at Chelmsford Film Festival and Kolkata Shorts International Film Festival, amongst others.