Produced for ITV1 by Princess Films’ Richard John Taylor – who’s also the director, writer and editor – Acceptance is a deeply dramatic slice of suburban life in East London’s docks, focused on the archetypal father/daughter relationship, which is the lead theme throughout the entire feature.
Eric Williams is a man on the run and has been for more than 30 years. When something truly bad happens to his daughter, whom he’s never met, Eric returns to London with all the intentions to fix things in the only possible way he can think of, by making the people who hurt his daughter pay.
Produced in three months and filmed in seven days, Acceptance is not only a real picture of the state of the country and what changes it has gone through – a sort of “the way we were” atmosphere surrounds the whole film from beginning to end. It is also a reflection on the difficulty of being a good parent and the struggle to keep the important values of the past, such as honesty, hard-work and truthfulness, alive. In a world in which empty materialism has taken the place of what is really important, how can someone manage to get through the day without being robbed or raped or having his or her place burnt down? This is what Acceptance is all about. When you know that you have to fight your own battles without anyone’s help, the only thing that matters in this shaky modern world is the unfaltering certainty of being accepted by the people you love without any kind of compromise.
Despite this being a small production feature, it contains a stellar cast, including actors such as famous EastEnders stars Billy Murray and Leslie Grantham, the incredibly talented Crissy Rock, and Chris Langham.
A dramatically beautiful feature film.
Acceptance premiered on Saturday 27th October at Canary Wharf Cineworld.
Watch an interview with director Richard John Taylor for iFilm London at the Acceptance premiere, here: