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The gripping short story of a young man who simultaneously discovers he is HIV positive and has telekinetic powers, has been adapted for the screen by recent Drama Centre graduate Jamie Pohotsky. Dying and Other Superpowers is garnering attention on the circuit at Cannes this week, with a number of producers showing interest in turning the film into a full length feature.

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Speaking this week, Pohotsky reveals: “When I wrote Dying and Other Superpowers, back in 2010, I had never adapted anything before– it was actually my first screenplay to not receive any kind of academic marking, so it was exhilarating and yet frightening to not have a kind and wise tutor, like DCL’s Isabelle Grey, on my shoulder telling me whether or not I was going off the rails. I am thrilled it has turned out so well and extremely excited about the new feature length adaptation as I get to really explore the characters and expand Kristian’s world with his complete support. Cannes is a fantastic opportunity to discover like minded people who can help fund and develop it further with us.”

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The celebrated author of the original short story, Kristian Johns, comments: “As cliché as it sounds, seeing characters and scenes I’ve only ever experienced as words on paper come alive on screen was amazing. Elias and Jamie (director and screenwriter) have done a fantastic job of adapting the story for screen. For it to end up at Cannes is a testament to the passion and dedication of the cast and crew, and I just hope it gets the attention it deserves. We’ve already written the feature script so fingers crossed we get the backing to turn it into a reality!”

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Also at Cannes is CSM graphic design student Lucas Gloppe, whose film Prince is showing at the Festival. Watch out for Gloppe’s film during  the summer shows, where it will be screening on the Moving Image showreel at this years BA Graphic Design degree show.

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