Based on an inspiring true story of tenacity, a seven year old boy struggles to make sense of words on the page. But when Mike is diagnosed with dyslexia and the teachers continue to fail him, his mother takes matters into her own hands to help her son fulfil his true potential.
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From the creators of the award-winning film Secret Child, which won over 20 international awards worldwide and premiered at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood last year, producer Gordon Lewis and director Yewweng Ho return on a brand new film, Mical.
The film aims to raise awareness for dyslexia and create a change in the education system for children struggling with dyslexia.
The film is set in 1977 in Bristol, United Kingdom and stars Jayne Lunn as Pat Jones, William Biletsky as 7-year-old Mike Jones and Dale Grant as Peter Jones.
The screenplay is written by Malcolm Duffy, who was the creative director of Comic Relief.
The creative team includes Tribeca Film Festival nominated filmmaker/award-winning cinematographer Darius Shu (Secret Child, His Hands), who is also the associate producer on the film. The other key crew members include editor Struan Clay, gaffer Jim Agnew, makeup-artist Allison Edwards, stylist Katie Reid, production designer Elizabeth El-Kadhi Brown, costume designer Poppy Bell, and music by Roy Todd.
Mical is presented by Lewis & Ho Productions and Silverprince Pictures.
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1 in 5 people
Over half the prison population are dyslexic
Dyslexia is a worldwide problem.
Children should be assessed by the age of 6.
If they do have dyslexia, they should receive help.
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“Our aim is to help dyslexic children achieve their full potential by giving them access to specialist assessment and teaching.”
The Dyslexia Trust was established in 1994, to provide support to dyslexics who are unable to get the help they need due to reasons of financial difficulty. The Trust makes sure donations are not lost in administration costs but go directly to help children and families wherever they are in the world.
Everyone thought Mike was a lost cause. Everyone, except his mother.
WHAT JAYNE SAYS
"This film has a special place in my heart as when I was little we weren't assessed for learning difficulties as you didn't want it on your medical records'. So I was never tested for dyslexia but I have always struggled with spelling and sight-reading. I can remember at school speaking to the teacher to ask if I could be excluded from sight-reading during class as I found the words would move and jumble around. I would feel that awful panic as I stepped into my English class and would just stare are the table hoping not to be picked. Even now I always ask for a script to be sent to me before the audition so that I have time to read it and understand it before I attend a reading as otherwise, I would not be able to do it. I really hope that this film brings more awareness to dyslexia as it is a condition that has no physical symptoms so can sometimes not be picked up on or understood."
WHAT DALE SAYS
"As a kid I remember trying to write my own name. Other kids who had longer and more complicated names than mine seemed to be conquering this achievement way before I was. I felt like I was being left behind and lost a lot of confidence. Luckily, I grew out of it to an extent but I still get my lines jumbled up and sometimes struggle to follow clear instructions. It makes my heart go out to those who suffer from severe dyslexia, especially kids starting out in school."
WHAT WILLIAM SAYS
"This was the biggest production that I have done and I have learnt so much about dyslexia after being involved in this film."
People assume dyslexia is being addressed but in reality, it isn't. We want people to realise the pain that parents and children go through but also to give them hope that dyslexic children can learn to read and write. They just need to be taught in a different way. The film is about my struggle.
YEW WENG HO
Film Director of Mical
"The first time I looked at a book to read was when I came to live in London from Dublin at the age of nine, not that I knew how to read but I knew and understand what it is like to have dyslexia, not that I knew what the word meant at that time."
"This story relates very close to me and I feel the struggles Mike went through in school as I went though something similar, especially maths. It was incredible to capture the emotional parts of the film and visually telling the story with realism in the cinematography and having the audience feel what
Pat and Mike are going through"
Great to work on a film with a worthwhile theme with a super talented cast and crew.
"I was really surprised over 50 percent of the prison population are dyslexic and I think the film has got a worthwhile message. Great to work on a film with a super talented cast and crew."
Makeup and Hair Artist
"This film opened up the discovery of finding a great number of my industry people struggles with dyslexia.
Quoting Steven Spielberg as he is dyslexic,
“It is more common than you can imagine. You are not alone. And while you will have this the rest of your life, you can dart between the raindrops to get where you want to go and it will not hold you back.”
"When Gordon the producer send me the script for the of the making a film on the subject, dyslexia. I told him I wanted to be involved as this was an important message. I was surprised by how many people are not able to fulfil their full potential because they are unable to communicate by reading and writing."