INDEPENDENT

“A remarkable debut”

 

EMPIRE

"Soulful character work from Graham, whose reckoning with Michael Smiley’s squalid Dickensian villain delivers a satisfying, surprising pay-off."

 

SHORTLIST

“A great piece of British Cinema”

 

PICTUREHOUSE

“Orthodox is a bleak and riveting tale of regret, redemption and the search for identity.”

 

JASON SOLOMONS

“Stephen Graham packs a powerful punch with his bruising performance”

 

FLICK REEL

“David Leon has shone a light on this community with his debut endeavor”

“Graham turns in a remarkable performance, as is expected from this enigmatic character actor. He is matched at every turn by the irrepressible Smiley, who is harrowing as the film’s primary antagonist”

 

LIVE FOR FILMS

“Stunningly shot with a stellar cast including Michael Smiley (The World’s End, Kill List) and Christopher Fairbank (Guardians of the Galaxy, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), ORTHODOX demonstrates how, when all seems lost, resilience and faith inspire hope.”

 

THE UPCOMING

“The jarring movement between the cosy portrayal of family life and the brutal bare-knuckle fighting earns both director and lead recognition. Expanded from a 25-minute short film to a feature-length, Orthodox manages to express the fortitude it takes to overcome challenges.”

 

FILMUFORIA

“Orthodox is a raw, uncompromising peace of drama featuring the destruction of man by a hypocritical religious establishment.”

 

HEYUGUYS

“Leon has crafted a protagonist we can identify with, revelling in his flaws and imperfections to make for a distinctively human role.”

 

“in bringing the role of Benjamin to life, is the sheer talent and credentials of Graham, who remains of our England’s most absorbing, and remarkable performers.”

 

“A future in cinema most certainly beckons for Leon”