"fiercely committed performance from Eddie Marsan" -the guardian 

"strong-voiced, heartfelt" - screen daily 


Best Film

Moscow Film Festival


Best Newcomer

London Film Festival

Candese Reid


Best Actor


Best Newcomer

London Film Festival

Tinge Krishan

Eddie Marsan

Moscow Film Festival

Junkhearts (2011)

Director: Tinge Krishnan​

Cast: Eddie Marsan, Tom Sturridge, Romala Garai, John Boyega and introducing Candese Reid


Frank (50s) is an ex-soldier, haunted by a violent past. He lives alone, drowning his nightmares with alcohol. Christine (30s) – smart and successful… on the surface, tackles life as a single working mother by immersing herself in drugs, parties and sex. Lynette (17) a young rough sleeper watches Christine stumble out of a club whilst she sits in the cold waiting for loose change to fall on her lap; her luck seems to change when she meets Frank who despite his misgivings, offers her a place to stay.


In Lynette, Frank sees the daughter he abandoned after his shattered return from Northern Ireland. As their relationship blossoms, she becomes his last chance to re-create himself as a father. For the first time in years he sobers up and life takes on some meaning.


But Lynette isn’t all she seems. Recruited by her drug dealer boyfriend, Danny, to find a new base for his dealing, she has targeted Frank. When her genuine fondness for him and their emerging friendship takes her by surprise, she attempts to break away from her previous life. Such fragile happiness can’t last. Danny reappears like an addict’s relapse. Darkly handsome and fiercely manipulative, he charms his way past both of them, and a tense psychological struggle ensues. As Danny tightens his hold on the house and its inhabitants, Lynette begins to slide into addiction and fear. Frank’s battle becomes as much for her safety as his own.



Simon Frank began as an advertising copywriter, later becoming a Creative Director at Ogilvy & Mather, Euro RSCG and Red Cell.  He has won awards at D&AD, British Television Advertising and Cannes.


Eventually, he tired of a life spent making people feel inadequate unless they had a Gold Amex Card, and took up the
screenwriter’s mantle.


He wrote a screenplay called The Dry Cleaner, which won him a TAPS newcomer award. His first short film script, The Mood, was directed by the internationally acclaimed commercials director Fredrik Bond and won the Soho Shorts Film Festival.

He has since written the psychological thrillers Drowning on Dry Land and Harry's Virus (both in development).


Simon also works with a number of charities that help homeless young people off the streets, during the course of which he came across a story that inspired Junkhearts.

Tinge graduated with a Bachelor in Medicine and worked as a hospital doctor until she left to pursue her love of film, graduating from the NYU postgraduate scheme.

Tinge was one of four directors chosen to produce a three-minute piece shot in a day (Random Nights) to celebrate the launch of the FilmFour Lab at the Edinburgh Film Festival.  Her first film, Groove on Stanley Knife (40 mins) was part funded by YMPA, winning several awards and international critical acclaim. Shadowcan, made under the BFI/FilmFour 'New Directors' scheme, won the BAFTA for Best Short Film, as well as being screened at Sundance and numerous other festivals.  In 2008, her short film FIRST played to great acclaim in competition at the Berlin Film Festival.

Tinge then completed ‘The Circle”, a half hour drama for Channel 4 and IWC’s Coming Up! talent scheme, and is now in post-production “Dimensions”, a 6 part online drama series shot on location in Malaysia.  She has signed up with Radical Media for commercials and music videos, and directed the video for Emmanuel Jal’s “Warchild” (which, despite its minimal budget of £3000, has achieved critically acclaim and nearly 500,000 hits of Youtube) and the video to “It Comes and It Goes” from Dido’s album “Safe Trip Home”.

Junkhearts will be Tinge Krishnan’s first feature film.

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