A new Birmingham film is looking to break barriers in the film industry by hiring a lead actor with Down Syndrome. Dusty Do Good tells the story of a young boy with the condition who – inspired by an old cowboy TV show – escapes his troubled home life and roams his inner-city estate as a righteous lawman.
The short film – filmed entirely in Birmingham over a three-day period – is the labour of love of city filmmaker Jack Hughes, who borrowed £1,500 from a friend to complete the film. Director Hughes said he wanted to help provide a ‘platform’ for disabled groups and showcase his ‘love for his hometown.’
The protagonist Dusty is played by Godwin Hodges, starring in his first film role. In the movie, Dusty’s character lays down the law on his inner-city estate, but things take a dark turn when he runs into a local gang.
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