Lisbet Byler

Lisbet Byler

May 3, 2021

Brave the Dark is currently in development.
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Co-produced by MAKE/FILMS and Inspiring Films, Brave the Dark is an inspirational and shocking true story starring acclaimed actor Jared Harris and rising star Nicholas Hamilton, directed by Damian Harris.

A MAKE/FILMS Original | Brave the Dark

Brave the Dark tells the story of a homeless teen struggling to find his purpose and the courage to confront the darkness of his past. When popular drama teacher, Stan Deen, takes on a troubled kid, Nate, no one quite prepared him for the journey he was undertaking or the dark secrets Nate is hiding.

A MAKE/FILMS Original | Brave the Dark

Stan and Nate

Starring Jared Harris as Stan Deen

Jared Harris is best known for his roles as Layne Price in AMC’s award-winning television series Mad Men, King George VI in the award-winning Netflix series The Crown, and Valery Legasov in HBO’s award-winning miniseries Chernobyl. Harris’ ability to fully inhabit the characters he portrays is the key to his longevity in Hollywood. Harris is starring next as Hari Seldon in the Apple TV+ series Foundation.

2012 Emmy Award nominee for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Mad Men
2016 Critics’ Choice Awards nominee for Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series, The Crown
2019 Emmy Award nominee for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie, Chernobyl
2019 Golden Globe Award nominee for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie, Chernobyl
2019 SAG Award nominee for Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries or Movie, Chernobyl
2020 British Academy Television Awards Winner for Best Actor, Chernobyl

Starring Nicholas Hamilton as Nate Busko

Nicholas Hamilton is best known for his roles as Rellian in the critically acclaimed independent feature Captain Fantastic and Henry Bowers box office sensations It and It: Chapter Two. Winning awards for films such as Captain Fantastic and Strangerland, Hamilton has burst onto the scene as a young actor to watch. His intensity and passion make him the perfect choice to portray the teenaged Nate Busko in Brave the Dark.

2013 Tropfest Short Film Award winner for Best Actor, Time
2017 SAG Award nominee for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Captain Fantastic
2017 Young Artist Award nominee for Best Supporting Actor, Captain Fantastic

Directed by Damian Harris

British director Damian Harris makes films that explore the depth of human relationships. Harris was drawn to Brave the Dark because it’s an inspirational story about a teacher and student who work to find a way to relate to one another. Harris debuted as a director with the short films Killing Time with Eric Stoltz and Greasy Lake. He then moved to full-length films debuting with The Rachel Papers, the adaptation of the Martin Amis’ novel by the same name. Harris has directed episodes for several TV series and made the 2008 drama Gardens of the Night with John Malkovich. His most recent film is The Wilde Wedding with John Malkovich, Patrick Stewart, and Glenn Close.

Brave the Dark is currently in development with production scheduled for June 2022 in Lancaster, PA.
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