Darren Hart films Starred Up

Date - 21 February, 2013, All News Film
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Darren Hart shoots the role of MacDonald in the feature film Starred Up, directed by David MacKenzie.

Starred Up follws the stroy of Nev, a volatile and dangerous convict who embodies fear inside the prison. That is until a 17 year old boy arrives, prematurely ‘Starred Up’ to an adult prison because he’s too out-of-control for any young offender’s institution. We soon discover that they are in fact father and son, albeit estranged since early childhood. Eric makes an immediate impact, attacking other prisoners and officers almost indiscriminately and without hesitation. As father and son try to co-exist under the same roof, Eric is coerced into attending an innovative group therapy session aimed at curbing his violence, run by psychologist Oliver. He is the first adult male who seems to be able to get through to Eric, but in doing so jeopardises his relationship with Nev which in turn threatens the lives of all three and eventually Nev has to consider making the ultimate sacrifice in order to save his son from the hardest lesson.

Jonathan Asser is an award-winning and published psychotherapist and poet who developed a unique approach to working with the small number of violent gang members who continued to dominate within the largest prison in the UK. Jonathan used this experience to write Starred Up, a story about a father and a son, where the father inadvertently shames and humiliates his son, making him violent, but where, through a process of confrontation and acceptance, the relationship is ultimately built and healed – the son gets the dad he always wanted and the dad learns how to accept and love his son without condition.


Darren Hart has worked extensively in theatre with credits including His Dark Materials, Henry IV (Parts 1 & 2) , The Stones and Wam Bam all for the National Theatre, Absolute Beginners at the Hammersmith Lyric, Bintou at The Arcola and numerous productions for The Theatre Royal Stratford East.

Darren has a strong comedy background, with television credits including the recent series of VIP for Running Bear, Flash Prank series for MTV and a regular role in both series of Gigglebiz for the BBC.

He was recently in Starred Up for Sigma Films and Justin's House for BBC TV.

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