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Nicole Albarelli Dares To Dream

After years of struggle, Nicole Albarelli’s dream has finally come true: her debut feature film ‘To Dream’ had its London Premiere last month at The Odeon, Camden Town. ‘To Dream’ is now scheduled for a one-off screening, and live Q&A with the director and lead actors, Edward Hayter, Freddie Thorpe and Diana Vickers at The Everyman Cinema, Baker Street on 28th of November.

After years of struggle, Nicole Albarelli’s dream has finally come true: her debut feature film ‘To Dream’ had its London Premiere last month at The Odeon, Camden Town. ‘To Dream’ is now scheduled for a one-off screening, and live Q&A with the director and lead actors, Edward Hayter, Freddie Thorpe and Diana Vickers at The Everyman Cinema, Baker Street on 28th of November.

Written and directed by Nicole Albarelli (whose music videos have had over three million views, she was also Runner-Up for Best Film at The Portobello Film Fest and a film of hers was nominated for Best Short Film at The London Independent Film Fest), ‘To Dream’ touches on many current social topics and issues (mental health struggles, drug abuse, sexual curiosity, repressed homosexuality), all of which are interesting filters through which to view the film. But ‘To Dream’ is essentially a story about friendship, set against a harsh inner city backdrop.

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Luke and Tommy live in an unforgiving part of London. Having dropped out of school but still living at home, they dream about their future. Their big plan has always been to escape London’s grime and head for an American paradise. It’s a dream that’s helped them escape the harsh realities of growing up in abusive homes, thus cementing their friendship.

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As Albarelli explains, “‘To Dream’ is a film that evolved mostly from my fascination with how humans cope in times of fear and loss. In particular, how men cope up with the pressures they often face to put on a tough exterior and conceal pain. I am 33 years old and I have already had the misfortune to have lost 2 ex-boyfriends and a handful of male friends to suicide and drug addiction. When I experience loss or pain, I write. It is my outlet and my self-medication. I became fascinated early on with why so many men feel the need to put on a brave face and conceal personal torments, even at the risk of self-destruction. The story of ‘To Dream’ evolved partly out of my desire to understand and feel closer to those that I have lost, and partly out of my own selfish need to medicate my own demons and fears. The dominating issue of escapism in this film is one that many people should be able to relate to. Every character in ‘To Dream’ is battling their own shortcomings in their own unique way and doing their best to survive by living by the law of the wild.”

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The film stars Adam Deacon (Kidulthood, Adulthood), Diana Vickers (pop star turned West-end actress) as well as some hot new actors on the London scene, like Freddie Thorp (starring alongside Scott Eastwood in upcoming action film, Overdrive), Chelsea Edge (in new BBC drama The Missing), and Jon Campling (Harry Potter).

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“Magical” was the incredible feedback from all that were in attendance at the film’s London premiere at The Odeon. It is remarkable that this film was made for under 20k, and that the funds were gathered via the Kickstarter crowdfunding scheme. SEEN will certainly be in attendance for this one-off screening at The Everyman Cinema, Baker Street, on 28th November. See you all there!

Everyman Baker Street
Baker St,
Marylebone,
London W1U 6TJ

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