Cornish theatre company Wildworks has announced its show I AM KEVIN has been reimagined for film.
It will receive its world premiere on Sunday July 9 in Truro’s Plaza Cinema, followed by screenings across Cornwall until Saturday July 29.
Captured during its dramatic live performances on Cornwall’s Carlyon Beach during summer 2022 but with added extras, I AM KEVIN is a “genre-defying, theatre/film hybrid”.
Described as “dark, humorous, fiery and honest”, it is ultimately a moving story about imagination and grief – about “being lost in the dark, and realising you are not alone”.
Wildworks’ artistic director, Mydd Pharo, said: “There is magic in live theatre, it is ephemeral, existing for a moment and then disappearing, only remaining in people’s memories.
“So, from the beginning we weren’t trying to create a facsimile of what we created on the beach. Instead, we returned to the earlier work, sections of narrative and research that had come from our work with communities in and around St Austell. We worked with some quite specialist groups that look at mental health and help people live through trauma. It’s been really special to add those extra layers to the film.”
Wildworks’ CEO and I Am Kevin producer, Emma Hogg, added: “We’re really excited for the screenings across Cornwall in July and we’re now in conversations about screenings outside of Cornwall over the coming months.
“It’s a brilliant opportunity to showcase the fantastic creative talent we have here and we’re really grateful to the Screen Growth Fund run by Cultivator Cornwall, for supporting this film.”
I AM KEVIN has been rated 12A by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) meaning it is suitable for children aged 12 and above and possibly under if accompanied by an adult.