"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.
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 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 alongside new emerging filmmakers bonded on a shared mission, festival success will help bring Genie's poignant message of hope to worldwide screens.
IAN D. FLEMING - WRITER-DIRECTOR
(Dream Team, Hollyoaks, Disney's Evermoor Chronicles + multi
award-winning shorts Little Boy Soldiers and The Gatherers)
Following 20+ years of writing and directing for film and TV, Mr. APPLE marks Ian D. Fleming’s first return to short film 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!"
PETER HOAR - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
BAFTA winner 2022
(It's A Sin, The Umbrella Academy, DaVinci's Demons; Daredevil, Iron Fist, Doctor Who, The Last Kingdom)
Bafta award winning director / exec Peter is one of the best known directors in the UK. Bringing 30 years of experience to the team, Peter's connection with Mr. Apple consolidates his deep-held belief in nurturing young talent.
"My connection to Mr. Apple is simply that it’s a beautiful piece of writing. Heartfelt and emotional but not sentimental. In the vein of ‘A Monster Calls’ - but here a simpler, subtle exploration of lasting affection and an understanding of grief and our place in the world. All told from the point of view of a young girl learning to cope with the harsh truths in her life. Mr. Apple is a wonderful example of the joy of what good storytelling can do."
CHRISTOPHER WOOD - CONSULTANT PRODUCER
(Disney's Evermoor Chronicles, Hollyoaks The Morning After the Night Before, Freshers, The Good the Bad and the Gorgeous)
Chris and Ian have a long established working relationship that goes way back to 2002. Together they are currently developing major projects for TV. As a 'godfather' producer, Chris is instrumental as a catalyst and advisor.
“My earliest memories are of sitting with my Nan and family listening to their stories and ever since, storytelling has been central to my life. A great story can make you laugh, cry and everything in-between. There's nothing like a great story well told and that's exactly what Mr.Apple is, a great story, well told. A story from the heart of its makers to the hearts of its viewers.”
TYLA SHARP - PRODUCER
(Keep Off The Grass, The Pigeon of Waterloo)
Tyla is an exceptional young producer whose love of emotive stories is demonstrated in his successful development and producing of festival successful shorts with exceptional new talent. Mr. Apple is a major step towards Tyla's long term ambitions for feature films and serial TV.
"I'm so grateful and excited to help bring Ian's story of Genie to life. Mr Apple is such an emotive and authentic story that has something for everyone, certainly the millions of bereaved children and families around the world. With a skilled and passionate team, we will see it created to reach its full potential. Ian created a wonderful story, together we create an even better film."
VIKASH PATEL - EDITOR
Emmy Award Winner
(The Ozark, The Morning Show, Bates Motel, Smallville, The Story of Luke)
Working with Ian very early in his career in the UK, Viks went on to be one of the most respected editors in Hollywood, most recently on the revered streaming phenomenon The Ozark working hand in hand with exec-star Jason Bateman.
"The moment I read the story of Apple I knew I wanted to be a part of it — I immediately wrote to Ian, and asked if he had read the book The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein — Even though Apple doesn’t resemble the book, it’s a story which is sentimental, with enormous amounts of heart, just like the wonderful script written by Ian — It will be an adventure to bring Apple to life!”
For taking the time to read, it's much appreciated.