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Hiroki Berrecloth To Lead Cast in Darius Shu’s British East Asian Film ‘Goldfish’
By Rebecca Collins
August 23, 2023 10.50am
Hiroki Berrecloth and Darius Shu
EXCLUSIVE: Hiroki Berrecloth is set to star in the Darius Shu-directed coming-of-age comedy-drama film, Goldfish, written by Shu and produced by Silverprince Pictures.
The British film industry has lagged behind its American counterpart in terms of East Asian representation. Shu recognises this discrepancy and has undertaken a mission to challenge the status quo by spearheading a project that shines a spotlight on this community. Through Goldfish, Shu’s goal is to not only highlight the incredible talents of British East Asian artists but also foster an environment that nurtures their growth and amplifies their voices, in front and behind the screen. By telling authentic and compelling untold stories, Shu seeks to cultivate a cultural renaissance that celebrates diversity and bridges the gap between different communities.
The nature of this project lies in its potential to serve as a catalyst for change, igniting a broader conversation within the British film industry. By setting a model example, Shu would like to inspire industry stakeholders to recognise the urgent need for increased British-East Asian representation and take actionable steps towards rectifying this disparity.
The film will feature original music by singer-songwriter Billy Cullum with guest stars such as asexual activist Yasmin Benoit.
Goldfish delves into the misunderstood world of asexuality and follows the journey of Vinnie (played by Berrecloth), a 19-year-old on a quest to unearth his true identity as he courageously confronts the complex depths of his late teenage years, navigating a sea of anxieties and insecurities that set him apart from the crowd. When Vinnie crosses paths with Ryan, they embark on a blossoming romantic relationship. Faced with the reality of being unable to forge a sexual connection with Ryan, Vinnie's soul yearns for acceptance and understanding. In the pursuit of belonging and self-acceptance, they must learn to rewrite the rules of love.
The film is currently in pre-production and expected to begin filming Spring next year in London.
Shu’s previous projects include his debut Tribeca-nominated film His Hands and Rhode Island International Film Festival-nominated film I Am Norman, both streaming on Amazon Prime Video. His recent work as a cinematographer on Always, Asifa was nominated at the BAFTA TV Awards 2023, streaming on ITVX and Queer Parivaar won the Best British award at Iris Prize making it available on Channel 4.
Goldfish will mark Berrecloth's first starring role. Berrecloth appeared in the BBC’s Red Rose and can be seen next in The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.
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