Mount Pearl’s Darryl Hopkins named best ac­tor

Short film ‘Touch’ earns accolades at 2018 So­cial World Film Festival in Naples, Italy

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A New­found­land born ac­tor has the golden “Touch.”

Mount Pearl born ac­tor Darryl Hop­kin was named best ac­tor in a short film Sun­day at the 2018 So­cial World Film Festival in Naples, Italy, for his non-speak­ing role in the film “Touch.”

This is the sec­ond award Hopkins has gar­nered for the role. He was cho­sen the best ac­tor, short film award at the Monaco In­ter­na­tional Film Festival for “Touch.”

The So­cial World Film Festival wrapped Sun­day in Vico Equese, Naples, with Hopkins and writer/direc­tor Noel Har­ris on hand at the event.

“Touch,” a 15-minute short film in which Hopkins’ char­ac­ter never once speaks a line of di­a­logue, tells a story with an up­lift­ing end­ing.

In ad­di­tion, to Hopkins’ nom­i­na­tion, “Touch” was nom­i­nated for two awards, in­clud­ing best short film and the Grand Jury Prize of Qual­ity.

“Touch,” de­spite hav­ing no di­a­logue, tells the story of a sin­gle mother — played by fel­low New­found­land and Labrador born ac­tor Krystin Pel­lerin, (“Repub­lic of Doyle”) — who is fac­ing evic­tion from her home while try­ing to find a babysit­ter for her child.

Des­per­ate, she fi­nally reaches out to Hopkins’ char­ac­ter for help.

“Touch” was pro­duced by Mark O’Neill/ Panoramic Pic­tures, writ­ten/di­rected by Noel Har­ris, and made through the New­found­land In­de­pen­dent Film­mak­ers Co-op­er­a­tive (NIFCO), with the sup­port of the New­found­land and Labrador Film De­vel­op­ment Corp., New­found­land and Labrador Arts Coun­cil, the City of St. John’s and Tele­film Canada.

Hopkins has been busy in his ca­reer, and over the past decade has per­formed be­fore more than 125,000 fans across three con­ti­nents and has re­leased an al­bum of his own songs un­der the name Avalon Stan­ley in 2014.

He has ap­peared on CBC in both “Repub­lic of Doyle” and “Mur­doch Mys­ter­ies,” as well as the docu­d­rama based on au­thor Michael Crum­mey’s “Hard Light.”

He has also worked on Artis­tic Fraud of New­found­land’s “Be­tween Breaths,” penned by Gov­er­nor Gen­eral Award­win­ning au­thor Robert Chafe.

In ad­di­tion, he has toured with Poverty Cove’s ac­claimed pro­duc­tion of “Fall­ing Trees,” writ­ten by Win­ter­set win­ner Megan Gail Coles, as well as tour­ing Ottawa, Hal­i­fax and Lon­don in 2017 with “Colony of Un­re­quited Dreams,” a play adapted from Wayne John­ston’s best­selling novel.

The So­cial World Film Festival is an Ital­ian film festival that screens so­cially rel­e­vant films and was ded­i­cated to screen leg­end Sophia Loren.


Mount Pearl’s Darryl Hopkins is con­grat­u­lated af­ter be­ing named best ac­tor in a short film for “Touch,” at the closing gala of the 2018 So­cial World Film Festival in Naples, Italy, Sun­day night.

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