MIFF | 8į Film Festival Internazionale di Milano - Gardens of the night / Damian Harris / Ryan Simpkins, John Malkovich, Gillian Jacobs, Tom Arnold, Evan Ross, Kevin Zegers Gardens of the night Ryan Simpkins, John Malkovich, Gillian Jacobs, Tom Arnold, Evan Ross, Kevin Zegers
As an eight-year-old girl Leslie(Ryan Simpkins) was abducted through trickery by an older man, Alex (Tom Arnold), and his young accomplice Frank (Kevin Zegers). Leslie was held captive in their house along with an eight-year-old boy named Donnie ('Scooter' Smith). The children create a bond with each other managing to escape into a fantasy world they create in their bedroom. Years later Leslie and Donnie, now seventeen years old, are living as street-kids and struggling to cope with what they suffered through. Donnie's feelings for Leslie are those of any teenager in love, however Leslie's perception of love has been severely mutated through her relationship with Alex and her instinct is to run from Donnie.
Born in London, England, Damian studied at the London International Film School, his first short KILLING TIME played at the Los Angeles Film Festival and won First Prize at the Avoriaz Film Festival for Horror and Science Fiction and his next short film: GREASY LAKE, from a short story by TC Boyle, with James Spader and Eric Stoltz, won first prize at the Houston Film Festival. Producer Andrew S. Karsch at United Artistís optioned the rights to the Martin Amis novel THE RACHEL PAPERS which Damian adapted and directed, joining up with Eric Fellnerís Initial Pictures, the film was made in London with James Spader, Ione Skye and Dexter Fletcher. THE RACHEL PAPERS attracted the attention of Disney Films and he made his next two films with Touchstone Pictures: DECEIVED starring Goldie Hawn and BAD COMPANY written by Ross Thomas and starring Laurence Fishburn, Ellen Barkin and Frank Langella. He has already written his next two films: POP and AN AVAILABLE MAN.