blOKes is proud to be an official not-for-profit partner of Kindling to bring this important film to audiences, released in select cinemas and on digital platforms on 21st April in the UK and Ireland.
Kindling follows a group of young men who return to their hometown to turn their friend Sid’s final summer into a celebration of life and friendship. Facing mortality, Sid (George Somner, Sex Education) wants to create a legacy and be remembered forever. With his obsession for astronomy and the atmosphere, he comes up with a plan to bring everyone together and make this summer truly unforgettable. He gives each boy a category – love, home, friends, family and location – and asks them to find an item that connects them all with the word they’ve been given.
The film explores important themes around testicular cancer, grief and masculinity. It’s films like Kindling that are paramount in raising awareness around these topics and getting audiences talking.
Tom Home, Founder of blOKes, said: “We are immensely proud to have partnered with Lowkey Films and in doing so, show our unwavering support for Kindling. The film beautifully captures how a lot of men are fighting a constant battle with their emotions, often struggling to navigate their mental health. Kindling really is an incredibly powerful tool to support more young men to get talking about their thoughts and feelings, as well as investing time and consideration to their physical health as well – something that is equally as important.”
Also starring Conrad Khan (County Lines), Wilson Mbomio (The Witcher), Mia McKenna-Bruce (Persuasion) and Tara Fitzgerald (Legend), Kindling is written and directed by Connor O’Hara in his feature directional debut, and is produced by Jamie Gamache (Dear Future Children) and Mark Foligno (The King’s Speech).
Inspired by true events, Kindling was initially conceived after Connor suddenly lost two friends within two days of each other. United in grief and seeing how his friends responded to this loss, he set off to make a film that encapsulated that experience of grief and represented young men on screen in a new light.
Kindling is now in select cinemas and on digital platforms across the UK and Ireland. For more information, please click here.