The short film “Missing a Note” has just secured a theatrical release in the U.S., and will be submitted for the 2020 Academy Awards.
The critically acclaimed film by Fact Not Fiction Films is also being distributed across the U.K. alongside the feature film “Downton Abbey” at Everyman Cinemas.
“Missing a Note” has screened at several film festivals over the summer and received critical praise at the New Renaissance Film Festival, receiving the award for Best UK Debut Short.
Following its launch screening with its cast and crew this month, it will be shown before “Downton Abbey” to help raise awareness of dementia which is currently affecting millions around the world.
The film, produced by Tristan Loraine and Fact Not Fiction Films, qualified for the Oscars following its theatrical deal in the U.S. and it will receive a special screening in Los Angeles at the Landmark’s Nuart Theatre this September.
Last year, first-time director Beth Moran launched a crowdfunding campaign that raised over £11,000 to help generate awareness of non-profit organization Dementia Matters in the UK. The film aims to support the work they do in helping people as they deal with the effects of dementia in later life.
Producer Tristan Loraine said at the film’s premiere in the UK: “For her first-ever short, Beth Moran has directed an amazing film.”
“Missing a Note” is among a select few shorts that are able to apply for the Academy Awards, and with its international release, it will be able to raise further awareness of dementia and provide audiences with a perspective of the condition, told from the experiences of a young schoolgirl, who in the film wants to become a singer, and is given the chance to work with a legendary opera singer. However, she soon discovers that he’s struggling to deal with a condition as he comes to terms with memory loss, leading to a few surprises along the way.
The film stars up-and-coming actress Darcy Jacobs and also features performances from Millie Lewis, Marilyn O’Brien, Elaine Paige, and Ian McElhinney.