"Always remember to wave goodbye"
A short-film 'parable' on love, loss and child bereavement from multi-award winning writer- director Ian D. Fleming
"I am driven to tell Genie's story. As a boy, like Genie, I was bereaved of my best friend, my Dad. Mr. APPLE voices Genie's pain ... the pain of a bereaved child. Now, with kids and grandkids of my own, I see how the departed live on in us, generation upon generation, forevermore in the Circle of Life."
8-year old Genie loses her best friend and mentor 'Mummy'. Mummy picks the very last apple that the raggedy old apple tree in their garden has to offer. This tree has borne fruit through three generations of their family. She gives the apple a friendly face names it 'Mr. Apple'. Given to Genie he becomes her 'totem', bringing her comfort in the loss of her mother. With Dad struggling to maintain balance through his grief and misunderstanding Genie's bond with 'just a bloody apple!', there is much for them both to learn. Together, they find grace and understanding; redeemed in the Circle of Life.
Download the screenplay here ....
A RETURN ...
Following 21 years of writing and directing for film and TV, Mr. APPLE marks Ian D. Fleming’s first return to short drama since The Gatherers (1998). From an idea that sprung both from his own childhood and from his experiences of fatherhood, Ian has written the screenplay for what he calls "a parable-film". This is a personal and imaginative tale, that carries a heartwarming message for any child or parent who is feeling lost and left behind when a parent or partner dies. "So why a short film now?" This a question Ian has been asked; his answer...
"The people who have lovingly pushed me to bring this tale to life are the crack team of collaborators who will be making Mr. APPLE with me. It's for them and for bereaved children everywhere that I want to tell this story. I'm so moved that everyone in the team has committed 100% of their passionate belief in the project. We all believe in this film and yearn to see it made. We hope you do too!"
MR APPLE AND GENIE HELP HEAL THE WOUNDS OF LOSS
Genie’s story is very real. It is not melodramatic. We don't see Mummy die. The 'C' word is never used. It’s a truthful telling of an unavoidably tragic tale that at some time touches most of our lives. In a child's perception a parent is there, then is suddenly gone, leaving a hole they can't find a way to fill. Mr. Apple's parable teaches us how we are all connected in the circle of life; that life goes on... that the departed live on in within us. This is Mr. Apple's positive message of hope.
We are very honoured to be working alongside GRIEF ENCOUNTER, a new project partnership that validates and brings integrity to Genie's story. Together we will raise awareness of the issues around child bereavement and raise money for this wonderful and important charity.
"We are honoured to be part of this journey."
Richard Fogelman - Grief Encounter
INTERNATIONAL CAST & CREW
With an international team of hi-profile, multi award winning film and TV professionals bonded on a shared mission, festival success will help bring Genie's poignant message of hope to worldwide screens.
MEET THE CREATIVES
IAN D. FLEMING - WRITER-DIRECTOR
(Dream Team, Hollyoaks, Disney's Evermoor Chronicles + multi
award-winning shorts Little Boy Soldiers and The Gatherers)
CLEMENS MAJUNKE - CINEMATOGRAPHER
(The Cliff, Kingdom of Evan, Friends Drive Safe, Little Heroes.)
CHRISTOPHER WOOD - PRODUCER
(Disney's Evermoor Chronicles, Hollyoaks The Morning After the Night Before, Freshers, The Good the Bad and the Gorgeous)
JOHN PICKARD & CORRY RAYMOND - CO:PRODUCERS
Wildstreet Productions, London.
(Vlogstars, Telephoto, The Locke Inn, Urban Explorers)
"We are proud to produce this little apple - a story filled with heart, hope and dreams...happy to be part of creating something that not only achieves a dream, but can be a mini vessel of hope, showing us that the heart can heal."
John & Corry - Wildstreet Productions.
PETER HOAR - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
(The Umbrella Academy, DaVinci's Demons; Daredevil, Iron Fist, Doctor Who, The Last Kingdom)
VIKASH PATEL - EDITOR
Emmy Award Winner
(Outcast, Bates Motel, Smallville, The Story of Luke)
For taking the time to read, it's much appreciated.
Mr. Apple welcomes donations to our Grief Encounter cause above. Your generosity will aid the film's funding and help bereaved children everywhere.