Innocence combats the growing stereotype surrounding those diagnosed with down syndrome lack the intelligence of those who are not. When, in reality, the actual downfall in human nature is underestimating one’s abilities. Writer-Director Ben Reid and Co-writer Owen Gower fill audiences desire for mystery in this thought-provoking and enticing film depicting the perfect murder.
The Down syndrome community is often wrongfully represented as individuals who are docile, burdensome, or naive. Reid and Gower redirect these judgments by refusing to paint the weakest links in the community as the disabled but those who fall victim to gross desires writing them in the form of an orderly who drugs and assaults his patients. While it’s wise of Dylan, played by actor Tommy Jessop, to use his stereotype to his advantage and avoid persecution; it highlights the perception many holds towards those with down syndrome and inspires a new way of perceiving others. Although Dylan is the perceived villain in the film, his actions compared to the orderly’s and those who demeaned him deemed him an official anti-hero.
Owen’s breakout film in 2014 Still The Enemy Within earned him the acclaimed prestigious Sheffield International Documentary Award and Focal Award. Owen directed multiple prime time television series for BBC One, Channel 4, and Netflix, most recently working with the Oscar awarded creators of Senna and Amy. Reid has also found success in the television world over the last decade receiving an Emmy, Grierson, RTS and BAFTA for his work including the talented Brooke Shields, Ed Byrne, John Simpson, and Steve Buscemi.