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Triumphant return to Sheffield for film director

Junkhearts

Romola Garai in Junkhearts


Film director Tinge Krishnan returns to her old stomping ground in Sheffield to take part in an audience Q&A after a screening of her film Junkhearts on Monday 5 December at the Showroom Cinema.

Junkhearts is Tinge Krishnan’s debut feature film, she previously won a BAFTA for her short film Shawdowscan. Formerly a doctor at the Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield, Krishnan left medicine to pursue filmmaking. She worked closely with Sheffield Independent Film based at the Workstation Creative Business Centre, which included creating a film to promote the Showroom Cinema, where her first feature film is now being shown.

Junkhearts follows four characters whose lives are transformed from a single act of kindness, a redemption that pulls each of them out of their own insular worlds. One of the characters is a former solider with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The notion of exploring PTSD was what drew Tinge to the project. She experienced the condition herself after being caught up in the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami that devastated parts of South East Asia. On holiday in Phuket, Krishnan – who is half-Thai – volunteered in the region and after returning home, she saw a trauma councilor to combat the flashbacks and nightmares that she had begun experiencing.

Her experience of PTSD temporarily threw Krishnan’s career off kilter, derailing a proposed attempt to make her feature debut, however through counseling she recovered and her new understanding informed the film's portrayal a great deal.

Junkhearts features an impressive cast with established actors Eddie Marsan (The Disappearance of Alice Creed, Vera Drake) and Romola Garai (Glorious 39, Atonement) starring alongside rising talents Tom Sturridge (On The Road), John Boyega (Attack the Block) and Candese Reid who won the Best British Newcomer award at the 2011 London Film Festival for her performance.

A multi-stranded psychological thriller set in inner city London, Junkhearts follows the story of Frank (Eddie Marsan), a vulnerable ex soldier suffering from post traumatic stress disorder who finds himself manipulated by a young girl and her boyfriend as they attempt to use his home as a drugs den.

Junkhearts is screening at the Showroom Cinema Monday 5 – Thursday 8 December.
The Q&A screening with Tinge Krishnan is on Monday 5 December, 6pm.