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AUGUST RUSH

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"I believe in music the way some people believe in fairy tales. What I hear came from my mother and father. Maybe that's how they found each other. Maybe that's how they'll find me…” - August Rush

"This is a story about a child who hears the world differently,” offers award-winning producer Richard Barton Lewis, who nurtured "August Rush” from its inception through every aspect of development and production. "He doesn't fit in where life initially places him. His one desire is to be with his parents, and no matter how much people try to convince him that they aren't alive or, worse, that they don't care, he never gives up believing. No one can talk him out of it. He waits for them for 11 years and then decides it's time to go look for them himself.” What he doesn't know is that his parents are just as lost as he is.

Director Kirsten Sheridan explains. "August's ability to channel music from nature has its origin with his mother, Lyla, a concert cellist, and his father, Louis, a singer, songwriter and guitarist—both of them talented musicians but, more importantly, both similarly attuned to the music that's all around us but few of us hear. It's what brought them together. These are two people who have always heard the world in a special, specific way and that has left them a bit on the periphery with other people. When they realize that they each feel the same way, it's an absolutely magical and immediate connection that breaks them out of their loneliness for that one night and that's when August is created.

"‘August Rush' is a love story with three people,” Sheridan affirms.

"But, like so many love stories, things don't run smoothly. Lyla and Louis are quickly torn apart and remain apart for years. Sadly, upon losing each other, they also lose their passion for music,” adds Lewis.

That the lovers' separation also results in their unintentional separation from their child— a child they don't know even exists—gives the story a triangular structure as each must now follow his or her unique journey to the same destination if they are ever to be a family.

"I liked the story's ensemble nature,” notes Jonathan Rhys Meyers, who stars as the impulsive, creative Louis. "They're all parts of the same puzzle, these three people separated by circumstance, who need each other to feel fully alive.”

Keri Russell, who stars as Louis' precious Lyla, says, "I love stories in which people are trying to find where they belong, to find their true home and the people they're meant to be with. It's easy to make a poor choice and spend a decade living the wrong kind of life and not as easy to correct that kind of error, but it's possible. I believe what this story is saying—not just with August but with each of the characters—is that it's only when you open yourself up to emotion and loss and become vulnerable that you find your way.”

Sheridan concurs. "I'm constantly reminded of how the most profound ideas are often the most basic. What I fell in love with was the central story of this family finding each other through their shared passion for music and how it juxtaposes life's two extremes: love and loss.”

"The thread running throughout all of it is the music,” says Lewis. "It's integral to the story, like a character unto itself.”

Freddie Highmore, whose 14th birthday coincided with the first week of filming, describes how this musical influence is a theme established at the very beginning and helps to enhance and propel the story. "Even in the orphanage, August feels connected to the parents he's never met because he believes they hear the same music he hears in everything around him. Later, when he learns guitar, he can start expressing some of that music and believes he is playing to his parents. One thing leads to another with him just getting better at playing all<

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