On 20th June will it will be World Refugee Day and to mark that day Jack O’Connell and Holliday Grainger have teamed up to star in Home. Directed by Daniel Malloy, As thousands of men, women and children attempt to get into Europe, a comfortable English family experience a life changing journey of their own.
Watch the film’s official trailer…
A family, led by their confident and caring father (Jack O’Connell), heads out on what appears to be a holiday. However it slowly becomes clear that they are in fact leaving the security and safety of a leafy suburb to cross Europe and make their way into the middle of a war zone. As they travel the father’s re-assurances ring hollow as under great stress the father buckles and the mother’s (Holliday Grainger) strength takes over.
Intimate and touching the film reaches for a truth through its absurd premise of reversing the refugee journey. Home depicts the breakdown and rebuilding of trust and love amid the horrors of war and migration. We witness the realities and trauma of being refugees as within the family, roles of leadership and bravery are passed from one parent to another.
Home is a sensitive, layered and complex exploration of how fear can bring out the best and worst in all of us.The film aims to remind the viewer that refugees are just like you or I – fathers, mothers, sons and daughters – for whom the meaning of the word “home” has undergone a traumatic re-evaluation.
Home is supported by Open Society Foundation-London, USAID, United Agencies in Kosovo and UNHCR among others. It lasts around 20 minutes and we don’t have the exact list of cinemas where you’ll be able to catch the film but we’ve been informed you can find out at the film’s website.
Home is released in cinemas nationwide on World Refugee Day, 20th June. Will you stand #WithRefugees? Visit withrefugees.org