“You would be hard-pressed to find a more touching and ultimately life affirming documentary…” Huffington Post
“I just loved this documentary! It is so full of heart. I laughed. I cried. It was absolutely riveting.” Molly Shannon, Actress
Brian Donovan, an aspiring actor, leaves his hometown of Buffalo, NY in the hopes of making it big in Los Angeles. As the years pass, Brian lands roles and experiences the Hollywood lifestyle (he’s the US voice of Rock Lee in massive anime Naruto), but he misses his loving sister Kelly, who he left behind.
Kelly, who was born with Down Syndrome and still lives at home with their parents, wants to follow in her big brother’s footsteps but is relegated to assembly line work and performing in her bedroom. To quell Kelly’s frustrations and to fill the absence of her in his life, Brian decides to bring Kelly out to Hollywood every winter to share in the dream, which she does, rubbing shoulders with some of her idols.
When Brian becomes more serious with his girlfriend, Tempany (Deckert, ex Home & Away), Kelly becomes increasingly jealous and Brian is faced with a decision he’s tried to avoid: to continue to fulfill Kelly’s escalating aspirations or advance the relationship with his new, fledgling romance. Faced with boundary ultimatums from Tempany, and health complications with Kelly, Brian works frantically to find balance between the two. When Kelly’s condition plummets, Brian desperately tries to fulfill her last wish of performing in front of a live audience. But will they be able to pull it off? And will Brian’s own dream of marrying Tempany survive?
A true passion project for Brian Donovan, Kelly’s Hollywood is a documentary with a massive heart. And it finally arrives in Australia, with Brian on tour in Australia and presenting at various screenings on the east coast of Australia in April.
Kelly’s Hollywood will also screen at the following:
MELBOURNE: Monday, April 8 at Hoyts Cinema Melbourne Central, followed by a Q&A with Brian and Tempany Deckert. Tickets here: https://tickets.demand.film/event/7388
SYDNEY: Wednesday, April 10 at Event Cinemas George St, followed by a Q&A with Brian. Tickets here: https://tickets.demand.film/event/7372
BRISBANE: Tuesday, April 16 at New Farm Cinemas, followed by a Q&A with Brian. Tickets here: https://tickets.demand.film/event/7464
BYRON BAY: Friday, April 19 at Pighouse Flicks Lounge Cinema, followed by a Q&A with Brian. Tickets here: https://www.pighouseflicks.com.au/shows/kellys-hollywood/