The Laughing King

A short film of despair and of hope,
starring Colin Morgan and Kerrie Hayes,
touching on the complex issue of male suicide.  

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The Laughing

film news

As of July 2017 you can watch THE LAUGHING KING film online for free

Interview with Colin Morgan, May 2017

Letter from the film's director, April 2017

Film review on TheCALMZone, April 2017

THE LAUGHING KING is released online for worldwide viewing, March 2017


Director Lindy Heymann nominated for Best Woman Director - Women in Film & TV

Article by Director Lindy Heymann on the CALM website

THE LAUGHING KING screens at the London Short Film Festival


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You can still help, by donating to CALM, by purchasing your own copy of the film, or by sharing a link to the film on social media.

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Colin Morgan in The Laughing King

A young man (Colin Morgan) arrives in Blackpool, England, the seaside town of his childhood. Unable to reconcile the happy memories of his past with the bleak reality of the present – he determines to end his life.

But can a chance encounter with a girl (Kerrie Hayes) also in trouble be enough to pull him back from the brink of suicide and give him hope for the future?

This is a story of despair and hope, when what seems like an end is really a beginning and how a chance encounter with a stranger can help you find your place in the world.

THE LAUGHING KING is a 15 minute short film that touches on the complex and wide-reaching issue of male suicide.  It has been endorsed by the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), a registered charity which exists to prevent male suicide in the UK.

The film was directed by the award-winning Lindy Heymann, whose own story of personal loss to suicide led her to co-write the script with Leigh Campbell.  It was produced without financial assistance, with the talented cast and crew donating their time to the project.

Read more about the making of this very special film


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Cast & filmmakers


Colin Morgan  ...  Jake
Kerrie Hayes  ...  Maddie
Cara Seymour  ...  Emily


Lindy Heymann  ...   Director/Co-writer
Leigh Campbell  ...  Co-writer
Paul Sparrow  ...  Producer
Andy Stebbing  ...  Executive Producer
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