Danny Dyer stars in mental health awareness film
April 27, 2023
YOOF Media has shared the first look at Stepping Stone, a new short film, starring Danny Dyer, which will be premiering on ITVX as part of Mental Health Awareness Week on May 15th.
Stepping Stone was created by teenage filmmaker Noah Caplan, who wrote the film at 15 following a family tragedy. After securing UK acting legend Danny Dyer (Eastenders) to star, he made the film at just 17 years old.
The film follows four completely different characters, each from different walks of life, all placed at various points on the mental health spectrum. Some suffer with mental illness and others are just looking for support in protecting their mental wellness. Each character’s journey to seek help starts with the first all-important, pivotal step – speaking to someone.
Danny Dyer heads up Stepping Stone’s exciting ensemble cast which also stars Cush Berlyn (Trust), David ‘Sideman’ Whitely, Noah Caplan and Georgia Moncur.
Speaking about the project Dyer said: “The power of this thing [the mind] is a mad old thing, so we’ve got to look after it.”
Premiering at the start of Mental Health Awareness Week 2023, Stepping Stone plans to address and provide support for people going through mentally challenging times. Stepping Stone will also screen on MYM on May 11th.
Director Noah Caplan formed a special connection to the world of mental health following his sister’s near-fatal car crash. Speaking about the film and his reasons for creating it he said, “It was an absolute honour to work on this film with Danny Dyer and this fantastic team. This is a passion project that I have been working on since my sister was involved in and survived a tragic accident and I saw the effect this had on me and everyone around me. I am so grateful that this experience led me to give back to the world, through the power of film.”