Not Normal: The uncensored account of an extraordinary true life story
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He says: “I love the fact that I’ve been able to give my kids everything I never had. With my sons, it was paramount that they never felt insecure or lonely, or that desperation that I felt. I felt loneliness as a child that was like a physical pain. It’s painful to be that alone. So for my kids, I’m always making sure they know I’m there.” In real life Connolly never went to prison. He was a boxer, then a gym instructor and became one of the first celebrity personal trainers (working as an adviser on Elle Macpherson’s exercise video The Body). After learning to read at 25, he wrote and self-published a bestselling memoir. At points watching the film, it felt a shame to turn his incredible life achievements into what in the end looks like a fairly conventional gritty British crime drama.
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Following Paul Connolly’s harrowing yet inspirational true life story, having grown up in the notorious St Leonard’s Children’s Home in Hornchurch in the 1970s, Big Boys Don’t Cry sees Paul, played by Michael Socha, recall his traumatic childhood at the home following a police investigation into his boyhood friend's suicide.Sue Bell OBE said: "Paul Connolly’s story is one of hope. After experiencing years of extreme abuse at St Leonard’s children’s home, followed by years of gang-related violence in London, he turned his life around.
True story drama premieres with special charity screening in
The screening will be followed by a special Q&A hosted by Paula Ashfield, head of fundraising and communications at Kids Inspire.
Kids Inspire do amazing work and I hope that between us and with this film reaching a wider audience, we will continue to make positive changes together." Sadly Pino died in 1968. However, Paul is thrilled to meet a half brother on his dad’s side. His half brother Frankie Pironi, 62, lives in Southend and is one of three siblings Pino had with an Irish Catholic woman. Unbelievably, the two men discover they went to the same school and were there at the same time. Michael Socha plays Paul Connolly in the lead role. Zoë Tapper plays Anthea. Mitchell Norman, Joshua Coombes, Brett Fancy, Mark Flynn Rutter and Daniel Adegboyega also star in other roles.  While Jamie Wannell played Liam Carroll in Crowhurst's short film, he took on the role of a perpetrator in his feature film. 
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Life has been anything but normal and the demons will never go away, but Paul has learned to smile at them as many of the people that predicted the worst for him are now where they told this vulnerable little boy he would end up. Big Boys Don’t Cry will be screening in the UK with special charity partners and is available on DVD from September 5. It is available to rent and buy on VOD from October 7.
Shaun, 54, had a happy adoption with wonderful parents but was always curious about his birth parents. When he began looking into his adoption, he made a remarkable discovery.