A touching war movie featuring a young actor from Ormskirk will be shown at world-famous Pinewood Studios.
The film, titled Enemy of the Heart, was selected from a string of hopefuls in 25 countries for screening at prestigious studios, after competing for the Jury Prize for Best Feature Film at the Global Left of Film Festival in April. Starring Ormskirk actor Joseph Stanley, the film depicts the heartbreaking true story of Patrick O’Connor and his Anglo-Italian family living in Britain at the outbreak of World War II.
Inspired by true events, the film follows the fortunes of Patrick and his family during the outbreak of war on the orders of Winston Churchill to arrest 16- to 70-year-olds of German, Italian, and Austrian descent. This saw hundreds dispatched aboard the military ship SS Arandora Star, which sank two days after leaving Liverpool for Canada in July 1940 after being torpedoed by a German U-boat, killing 800 people.
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Joseph, 22, who won the “Honorable” award for Best Actor at the World Film Awards in Los Angeles earlier this year, told LancsLive, “Growing up, I’ve always been interested in history anyway. I did a job. The history is first level, things like England against Germany and the context before WWII, but looking at Italy and how what happened affected so many families was really amazing.
“What attracted me is that it was a horrific ordeal for families, some of them never being able to see their moms and dads again. I play Patrick O’Connor. He’s a young policeman who really wants to join the military but his sister doesn’t want him because he has medical needs and that’s why he can’t join, and he feels no He takes pride in his country even though he is a policeman and takes care of his family.
“The film was so eye-catching because it was a harrowing ordeal for those who got arrested. The most challenging aspect was understanding what the families really went through and being able to convey the emotional complexities of the role.”
The former Ormskirk schoolboy who is currently studying professional acting at Bristol Old Vic, added after receiving an award in the Best Actor category: “I made up to honor this award for my portrayal of Patrick O’Connor. I loved every minute on set and being part of something meaningful is a privilege. “.
The Pinewood Award makes up the film’s 40th award, sweeping festivals around the world including Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Cannes, Toronto, Rome and London. The film’s talented cast includes Claren Scott, the film’s creator from Crosby, and Lucy Wearing, Magul, and Michael Dolan, also from Crosby.
Joseph added, “The film is something I’m really proud of. I think it’s a good foundation for the kinds of things I’d like to get into, like the dramas at the end. Clarin who wrote and directed it was fantastic all along, because it really helped me understand the history and the messages we’re trying to get across, and I wanted To understand the historical context and make it as believable and real as possible.”
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About his success and his journey into acting, he said that Ormskirk’s school and sixth form helped him on his way. He added, “It was the teacher who was at school who said, ‘You should take drama as an option. I’ve always been a fan of football and sports, but I took it because I thought it would be less theory, but in reality it turned out to be so much more!’ Ormskirk Sixth Form really pulled off the drama and invited me to perform.”
During its 85-year history, Pinewood Studios has become synonymous with some of the world’s most famous productions, having hosted some of the biggest names in Hollywood filming scenes for Star Wars, Superman, The Hobbit, James Bond and Killing Eve.
“It’s been an amazing year and we’re thrilled with all the awards and being chosen for the Pinewood Award, this really is something special,” Clarin said.