Onysha Collins – Film-maker, Writer and Director, has been selected as a Finalist for a nationwide film-making competition ‘Dream to Screen’. Onysha and four others were chosen out of 500 applicants by Helen Mirren, Ashley Walters and BAFTA executive Amanda Berry.
Dream to Screen is a competition that gives finalists the opportunity and budget to make a film based on the theme of inspiration. The Finalist with the most votes between the 1st and 19th of September gets their film shown at every Cineworld throughout the UK and Ireland.
Onysha’s film ‘Wings’ is a 4 minute film which tells the story of Malachi, a young boy with autism, who is determined to get wings so that he can fly to Heaven to reunite with his mother.
Onysha aspired to make this film as an exploration of the false perceptions of autism, faith and the reward of perseverance. Wings gives a look into the life of an autistic boy and it is loosely inspired by the Biblical scripture – (2 Kings 2:11), which documents Elijah’s ascension to Heaven.
Autism still remains misunderstood and stigmatised within the African community. The GUBA Foundation as well as other charities is centred on trying to disband the misinformation, and provide help and resources. Wings plays an important part in helping to document the everyday experiences of autistic children.
Playing the role of Malachi is GUBA’s Young and Talented 2013 nominee Nana Agyeman-Bediako. Nana is an extremely talented actor who has played many intriguing roles including his role in The Lion King theatre production.
Onysha Collins and her film Wings needs your vote. By voting for this film, you provide a talented filmmaker a chance to showcase her film on the big screen to the masses. Voting also helps to bring light the serious issue of the lack of knowledge surrounding autism.
GUBA urges you to watch the film and vote at: http://www.dreamtoscreen.org/nominees/310/onysha-collins#
Let us help this project by voting, sharing and promoting the link via social media to help spread the word about Wings.
To find out more information about Onysha Collins and her work, visit www.onysha.co.uk