About the Film

England, 1940: When bombs trap eight children in the cellar of their orphanage, their teacher, Miss Shaw (Jessica Brown Findlay) starts to read them a story. As the tale unfolds, they are magically transported to a timeless, mythical island, where they witness the story of Darkness and Light, and of how their union and their conflict produced the Iris Warriors, the seven colors of the rainbow that brighten and illuminate our world.

Summary

Iris Warriors, The Birth of Colour, is made is made up of two stories, two sets of characters. The first story works like book ends, frames the story of the Iris Warriors. In a small orphanage in England during World War II, Miss Shaw (Jessica Brown Findlay) and eight children are trapped in the cellar seeking shelter from the German bombers overhead. In a desperate attempt to distract the children, Miss Shaw shares a mythical story with them, a timeless tale that magically transports them to another world.

The second story is the ballet, the magical world the children, and the audience, are transported to – the creation myth that tells of the union and conflict of Darkness and Light which leads to the birth of colour, the Iris Warriors. The Warriors fill the world with dance, colour and life, but a dark force threatens to end their world. Two stories become one. Together, they are stronger, more powerful, more engaging. Together they are the Iris Warriors.

Iris Warriors is a visual spectacle, a nostalgic, breath-taking feast of colour, light and action. The story is told through the universal languages of music and dance, allowing Iris Warriors to be enjoyed by all nations and all ages. You can discover more about the Iris Warriors in the upcoming Live Show.

Leading Actor

Miss Shaw by Jessica Brown Findlay

Jessica Brown Findlay is an English actress. Born in Cookham, Berkshire, Jessica trained with the National Youth Ballet and the Associates of the Royal Ballet. At age 15, she was invited to dance with the Kirov at the Royal Opera House for a summer season. She is best known for playing Lady Sybil Crawley in ITV's Downton Abbey. Other notable films: Winter’s Tale; Harlots; Albatross; and more recently, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

Westbridge Orphans

SIMON BY RAY CROSSWAITE, JENNY BY LILY SPANGENBERG, MAISIE BY LEE RAVIV, FLORENCE aEDRIDGE, MICHAEL JOUBERT, SKYLA VERTUE, RYAN DALES, KELLY SMIT

Notable Credits

AN IRIS WARRIORS LIMITED PRESENTATION

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS MARK CALVERT, JOANNE BILLINGTON AND MIKE STILL

IN ASSOCIATION WITH DAN FILMS
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS JULIE BAINES & JONATHAN TAYLOR
Julie Baines is a double BAFTA winning producer and is known for her work on Triangle; Creep; and more recently Detour. Jonathan Taylor is known for his work on The Riot Club; The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and more recently Detour.

AND AWESONOVA
Awesonova make independent films in many formats and lengths as long as they stand out from the crowd.

DIRECTED BY ROYDON TURNER
This is Roydon’s second feature film. His debut film, Stones, won the Best Feature award at the London Independent Film Festival and was awarded in four other major festivals worldwide.

SCREENPLAY BY DON MACNAB-STARK
Don has numerous screen credits including Stones, Act Like You Love Me, and Long Cold Winter. Don also wrote the best-selling graphic novel Treadwater.

CINEMATOGRAPHY BY GRANT APPLETON
Grant is known for his work on The Giver; Long Walk to Freedom, Chronicle; Homeland and The Mummy.

MUSIC COMPOSED BY MATTHEW OLYVER & JACOB BRIGHT
The award winning composer, Matthew Olyver, has written the score, which is was produced by Jake Bright. The soundtrack has been recorded with the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra in Bratislava.

SCORE MIXED BY PETER FUCHS
A Grammy Award winning Sound Engineer, Peter is known for his work on Iron Man 3, Now You See Me, and Non-Stop.

DANCE DIRECTOR DELIA SAINSBURY
Delia Sainsbury is an acclaimed dancer and choreographer who has acted and danced professionally in nine London West End productions. She has also presented numerous TV shows in South Africa.

VISUAL EFFECTS BY ROB RAE
Rob is known for his work on Batman Begins; James Bond – Die Another Day and Sahara.

SOUND RE-RECORDING MIXING BY NIGEL HEATH
Nigel is known for his work on In Bruges; Casino Royale; Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire.

EDITED BY TIM GOODWIN
Tim is known for his work on The Borrowers.

STILLS PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOE ALBAS
Joe is known for his work on The Gunman; The Salvation; Son of God and DREDD 3D.