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Lay Down Your Heart

2022 1 h 5 min
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A look into the life of Niall McNeil, an artist and performer with Down syndrome.

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Lay Down Your Heart


An intimate look into the mind of Niall McNeil, an artist and performer with Down syndrome, and his unique chosen family. In Lay Down Your Heart, Niall introduces us to his many “family members,” his multiple “children,” his renowned “ex-wife” and director of the film Marie Clements, and other bonds forged through open-hearted creativity.
  • writer
    Marie Clements
    Niall McNeil
  • director
    Marie Clements
  • featuring
    Niall McNeil
    Marie Clements
    Joan McNeil
    Lindsay Kenyon
    Steven Hill
    Lois Anderson
    James Gillespie
    Martin Julien
    Ken McNeil
    Peter Hinton
    Colin Heath
    Manon Beaudoin
    Paula Danckert
    Wayne Lavallee
    David Pullmer
    Mike Mckinlay
    James Boatman
    Richard Wilson
  • producer
    Shirley Vercruysse
  • line producer
    Jennifer Roworth
  • director of photography
    Mike Mckinlay
  • editor
    Sarah Hedar
  • composer
    Wayne Lavallee
  • animator
    Kevin Langdale
  • production design
    James Boatman
  • original artwork
    Niall McNeil
  • wardrobe
    Yolonda Skelton
    Joleen Mitton
  • hair & make-up
    Sheleah Bradley
  • additional cinematography
    Christina Ienna
    Paul McCurdy
    Steven Turcotte
  • on-location sound recordist
    David Pullmer
    Ramsay Bourquin
    Nicholas Davey
    Gaëlle Komàr
    Zan Alexander Rosborough
  • gaffer
    Gaelen Cook
  • set decorator
    Richard Wilson
  • technical coordinator
    Wes Machnikowski
  • senior production coordinator
    Nicolas Ayerbe Barona
  • production coordinator
    Jas Calcitas
  • production assistant
    Alexa Carrenard Tremblay
    Rosey Tyler
    Roksan Parfitt
  • researcher
    Caroline Coutts
  • production consultant
    Joan McNeil
  • disability culture consultant
    Jan Derbyshire
  • visual effects artist
    Serge Verreault
    Bun Lee
  • colourist
    Serge Verreault
  • titles
    Kevin Langdale
    Cynthia Ouellet
  • musician
    Kathleen Nisbet
  • sound design
    Eva Madden
  • foley artist
    Drew Hagen
  • re-recording mixer
    Chris McIntosh
  • marketing manager
    Kay Rondonneau
  • publicist
    Katja De Bock
  • studio administrator
    Carla Jones
  • legal counsel
    Peter Kallianiotis
  • executive producer
    Shirley Vercruysse

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