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Mount Pearl’s Darryl Hopkins named best actor short film

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

“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 short film Sunday at the 2018 Social World Film Festival in Naples, Italy, for his non-speaking role in the film “Touch” held in Vico Equese, Naples.

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 his role in “Touch.”

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

“Touch,” a 15-minute short film in which Hopkins’ character never once speaks a line of dialogue, tells a story with an uplifting ending.
People in the St. John’s area can see Touch tonight for free. It will screen at 9 p.m., weather permitting, as part of the Reel Downtown movie series. The location is a parking lot near 144 Water Street, at the bottom of Solomon’s Lane.

In addition, to Hopkins’ nomination, “Touch” was nominated for two awards including best short film and the Grand Jury Prize of Quality.

“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.

Touch was produced by Mark O’Neill/Panoramic Pictures, written/directed by Noel Harris, and made through NIFCO the Newfoundland Independent Filmmakers Cooperative, with the support of the Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation, 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 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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