Based on the book by Eckhart Tolle and Robert Friedman, Milton’s Secret centers on Milton Adams (William Ainscough), a 12-year-old who, even when faced with a heap of adversity, perseveres through his struggles. Whether it’s having loving but preoccupied parents (Mia Kirshner, David Sutcliffe) who are constantly stressed or facing down the threats of a bully (Percy Hynes-White), Milton understandably feels overwhelmed.
The average coming of age story will have our protagonist seek some form of retribution, and by the tale’s end we may cheer for the antagonist’s comeuppance. Milton’s Secret refreshingly traverses an entire different direction, as Milton’s compassionate nature is nurtured by his caring grandfather (Donald Sutherland).
“I am very interested in peeling back some of the veils around bullying long before bullying explodes in a way we’re used to seeing it,” says Barnet Bain, whose previous credits include producing What Dreams May Come and penning the book The Book of Doing and Being. “It begins somewhere else and I wanted to make a movie that explored the beginnings of bullying.”
One aspect behind bullying originates not from external forces, but rather from one’s internal struggles with what Bain describes as “self-talk.” Click on the media bar to hear Barnet Bain discuss how this type of bullying is explored in Milton’s Secret.
Milton’s Secret, opens in select theaters Friday, September 30 and is also available on VOD.