H IS FOR HARRY
Ed Owles, Jaime Taylor | Great Britain 2018 | 85 Min. | englOV
What does it take to change a child’s life? H is for Harry is a coming of age story about Harry, a charismatic 11-year old boy, who arrives at secondary school in suburban London, unable to read or write. Can he – with the help of Sophie, his extremely dedicated teacher – overcome the illiteracy, which is ingrained across generations of his family? Against the backdrop of a country riven with debates around class, identity and social mobility, the film follows Harry over two years, as he fights not only to improve academically, but also to believe in a different future for himself.
Cinematographers: Ed Owles, Jaime Taylor, Lisa Cazzato Vieyra.
Sound: Ed Owles and Jaime Taylor
Composers: Mike Brooks and Pablo Scopinaro
Editors: Emiliano Battista and Matthew Scholes
Producer: Jon McGoh
Creative Producer: Isla Badenoch
Executive Producers: Rachel Wexler and Jez Lewis, Bungalow Town Productions
Production Company: Mercurial Pictures Ltd.
Distribution Partner: Dartmouth Films Ltd.
World Premiere: Open City Documentary Film Festival Sept 2018
International Premiere: DocsMX, Mexico City Oct 2018 (Nominated for the Innocent Voices Award)
North American Premiere: Sebastapol Film Festival, California, March 2019
European Premiere: Tartu World Film Festival, Estonia, March 2019
Director Ed Owles
Ed has shot & directed films across the globe for the last 10 years for broadcast, festival & online. His first feature documentary screened at festivals around the world, was broadcast on Al-Jazeera, and was described by The Hollywood Reporter as “tremendously vivid & expertly entertaining”. He is the co-founder of award-winning production company Postcode Films.
Director Jaime Taylor
Jaime left a career in teaching in 2009 to make documentaries & co-found Postcode Films with Ed. She has also worked as a development producer with the BBC & Producer with Century Films on the Bafta nominated, RTS and double Grierson winning ‘The Secret History of Our Streets’. She worked for 4 years across both series of the critically acclaimed documentary, described in the Guardian as “wonderful…it prodded your brain awake as it broke your heart.”