Taking his talents to the world from his early beginnings in Mount Pearl is something Darryl Hopkins has accomplished.
The actor and musician took that body of work a step further this week as he has been nominated for best actor at the 2018 Social World Film Festival in Naples, Italy for his role in the film “Touch.” In addition, “Touch” was also nominated for two awards including best short film and the Grand Jury Prize of Quality.
Hopkins also garnered the best actor, short film award at the Monaco International Film Festival for his role in “Touch.”
The Social World Film Festival is an Italian film festival that screens socially relevant films, and is dedicated to screen legend Sophia Loren.
The 2018 Festival takes place from July 29-Aug. 5, 2018, in Vico Equese, Naples.
“Touch’ is a 15-minute short film in which Hopkins has no dialogue, but is able to tell the story to what is described as an uplifting end based on 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 babysitter for her child.
Desperate, she finally reaches out to Hopkins’ character for help.
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.
Hopkins 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 touring Ottawa, Halifax and London in 2017 with “Colony of Unrequited Dreams,” a play adapted from Wayne Johnston’s bestselling novel.
“Touch” was produced by Mark O’Neill/Panoramic Pictures, written/directed by Noel Harris, and made through NIFCO the Newfoundland Independent Filmmakers Co-operative, with the support of the Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Co-operation, Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council, City of St. John’s and Telefilm Canada.