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Mount Pearl’s Darryl Hopkins named best actor

Mount Pearl’s Darryl Hopkins is congratulated after being named best actor in a short film for “Touch,” at the closing gala of the 2018 Social World Film Festival in Naples, Italy, Sunday night.
Mount Pearl’s Darryl Hopkins is congratulated after being named best actor in a short film for “Touch,” at the closing gala of the 2018 Social World Film Festival in Naples, Italy, Sunday night. - Contributed

Short film ‘Touch’ earns accolades at 2018 Social World Film Festival in Naples, Italy

A Newfoundland-born actor has the golden “Touch.”

Mount Pearl born actor Darryl Hopkin was named best actor in a short film Sunday at the 2018 Social World Film Festival in Naples, Italy, for his non-speaking role in the film “Touch.”

This is the second award Hopkins has garnered for the role. He was chosen the best actor, short film award at the Monaco International Film Festival for “Touch.”

The Social World Film Festival wrapped Sunday in Vico Equese, Naples, with Hopkins and writer/director Noel Harris on hand at the event.

“Touch,” a 15-minute short film in which Hopkins’ character never once speaks a line of dialogue, tells a story with an uplifting ending.
In addition, to Hopkins’ nomination, “Touch” was nominated for two awards, including best short film and the Grand Jury Prize of Quality.

“Touch” tells the story of a single mother — played by fellow Newfoundland and Labrador born actor Krystin Pellerin, (“Republic of Doyle”) — who is facing eviction from her home while trying to find a babysitter for her child.
Desperate, she finally reaches out to Hopkins’ character for help.

“Touch” was produced by Mark O’Neill/Panoramic Pictures, written/directed by Noel Harris, and made through the Newfoundland Independent Filmmakers Co-operative (NIFCO), with the support of the Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corp., Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council, the City of St. John’s and Telefilm Canada.
Hopkins has been busy in his career, and over the past decade has performed before more than 125,000 fans across three continents and has released an album of his own songs under the name Avalon Stanley in 2014.
He has appeared on CBC in both “Republic of Doyle” and “Murdoch Mysteries,” as well as the docudrama based on author Michael Crummey’s “Hard Light.”

He has also worked on Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland’s “Between Breaths,” penned by Governor General Award-winning author Robert Chafe.
In addition, he has toured with Poverty Cove’s acclaimed production of “Falling Trees,” written by Winterset winner Megan Gail Coles, as well as touring Ottawa, Halifax and London in 2017 with “Colony of Unrequited Dreams,” a play adapted from Wayne Johnston’s bestselling novel.

The Social World Film Festival is an Italian film festival that screens socially relevant films and was dedicated to screen legend Sophia Loren.

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