Sexually-Abused British Hollywood Composer Tells His Story In Compelling Short Film
Grammy-nominated composer, Stephen Endelman, was abused by a former school housemaster, Trevor Bolton: the compelling story is told in ‘A Boy A Man And A Kite’.
Following a diagnosis of brain cancer in 2010, Stephen (now 55 yrs old) spent three months in a coma. But opening-up and telling his tragic story changed his health and life for the better. Now, he is aware of how important it is to tell the truth, and finally talk about the abuse he suffered as a child. Sadly the majority of men tend not to talk openly about their sexual abuse experiences; but Stephen decided to share his story in a short and compelling drama, “A Boy a Man and a Kite”, directed by Adam Matalon.
“A Boy a Man and a Kite” is the story about a dying man who contemplates his state of limbo and revisits his younger self, whilst exploring the potential causes and boundaries of his coma. The film explores themes of love, sexual abuse and redemption. It’s a film about the loss of innocence and hope, based on true events.
In 2014 Stephen received a call from Oxford-based, detective constable, DC Coin, aenquiring whether he would be a witness for the Crown Prosecution in a historic sexual abuse case. The case in question involved Stephen’s former school housemaster, Trevor Bolton. Initially Stephen’s response was one of great surprise as he had assumed Bolton was dead; however, that was not the case. Bolton was alive and well and living in Clacton-On-Sea. Over the following two years, Stephen spent many days and hours working with the police detectives and subsequently became the first .to speak up.
Ajay Nayyar, producer of the film, had no previous awareness of Stephen’s story, even though he had known him for quite a few years: “When I was in LA in November 2017, Stephen decided to show me the script, which is when I first learned about his story and he asked me to produce this for him. I was initially very shocked and upset, but there was no way I wasn’t’t going to make this film.”
Nayyar was joined by a team of around 50 others involved in the production process, which became particularly challenging as they only had six days to shoot the complete movie. He continued: “Regrettably, a lot of actors passed on us as they only saw this as a “short film” and really didn’t understand the message and intention behind what we were trying to achieve. However, we had an Oscar winner and an Oscar nominee members of the team who did come forward and work with us as they understood and wanted to help, to be a part of what we are doing. We also had amazing camera and lighting gear more or less donated.”
The goal in Nayyar’s opinion was to raise awareness of child sexual abuse and let children know that it’s ok to tell people if someone has done anything wrong. It’s also there to let parents understand that they should listen to their children with more of an open mind at times.