2019 | 102 min
Star academics, Doctors Julian Reed and Barbara Sullivan, fall in love with each other and with the idea of cloning a Neanderthal from ancient DNA. Against the express directive of University administrators they follow through on this audacious idea. The result is William: the first Neanderthal to walk the earth for some 35,000 years. William tries his best to fit into the world around him. But his distinctive physical features and his unique way of thinking--his “otherness”--set him apart and provoke fear. William’s story is powerful and unique, but his struggle to find love and assert his own identity in a hostile world is universal--and timeless.
“A poignant nature-vs.-nurture yarn that shrewdly grounds its ethically questionable Mary Shelley-esque high concept in naturalistic performances and cinematography….In (Tim) Disney’s hands, 'William' eschews freak show theatrics for something much weightier.”
~ Michael Rechtshaffen - Los Angeles Times
“Sweet' and 'subtle' are not the first words you’d expect to read in a description of a sci-fi film about cloning a Neanderthal. But those are exactly the first two words that came to mind after seeing indie director Tim Disney’s latest film, William. And they are the two characteristics I like most...I’m still thinking about it long after I’ve seen it. And with all the films I watch, that speaks volumes.”
~ Lisa Johnson Mandell - At Home in Hollywood
“I truly believe that William is a must see film. And I also believe that this is exactly the type of film that should be viewed with an complete open mind, and plenty of follow up conversation amongst those close to you. Ask the real questions: What does it mean to be human, really?... I truly cannot recommend this brilliant film enough. See it as soon as you can.”
~ Ron Trembath - Trainwreck'd Society
“This is a unique, well-acted, handsomely produced movie…the kind of thoughtful and wholesome, high-concept drama that you don’t see much, anymore.
~ Caryn James, The Hollywood Reporter
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~ Nick Rocco Scalia, Film Threat