Script: Anthony McCarten
Director: Ian FitzGibbon
Producer: Michael Garland, Astrid Kahmke, Philipp Kreuzer
Executive Producer: Paul Donovan
Associate Producer: Ailish McElmeel
With: Andy Serkis, Thomas Brodie Sangster, Aisling Loftus, Michael McElhatton, Sharon Horgan, Jessica Schwarz
Status: Currently being sold by Bavaria Film International
Donald's life is spinning out of control. Sure, he's only 15 and dreams of girls, sex and crazy adventures. In his imagination, he's right in the thick of it. And he's found a way to bring the fruits of his overly fertile mind to life: by drawing comics. An immortal superhero, a sex-crazed vamp, and - the archenemy - the drug-addicted surgeon "The Glove". Are they Donald's fantasies - or his reality? It's hard to tell since Donald lives in his own world. Access denied to parents, teachers and therapists.
But then he meets Dr. Adrian King, a therapist like no other. His principle: ab-so-lute honesty; Donald takes a shine to his new eccentric friend, who could very well possibly be his saviour. But Donald likes Shelly even more. She's new at school, really cool, and unlike any of the other lame girls his age. And wham! Donald feels things he's never felt before.
Donald's biggest enemy is the illness that's eating him up from the inside. He can see it already, the gravestone with the worlds "Donald, 15, virgin". Why not "loser" as well! Well, forget it. It's time for some genuine superhero action! Donald doesn't know how much longer he's got to live, but he's going to find out just how much life and love he can stuff into a tiny little moment.
"The pic's general appeal will lie in its honest and touching performances...Fitzgibbon has achieved something special."
“Add a heartwarming and hysterical performance by the underrated Andy Serkis as Donald’s
therapist and Death of a Superhero emerges as one of the most charming, thoughtful, hilarious
and inspiring films to reach the festival this year.”
"It's a touching story of heartbreak that Fitzgibbon handles nicely."
The Film Stage
Audience Choice Prize, Les Arcs European Film Festival, 2011
Young Jury Prize, Les Arcs European Film Festival, 2011
Special Jury Award for Aisling Loftus, DIFF, 2012
Audience Award and "Special Mention" of the Jury, Mamers-en-Mars European Film Festival, 2012
Young Jury Award 15-19, Leeds Young People's Film Festival, 2012