MiCAL the Film


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Everyone thought Mike was a lost cause. Everyone, except his mother.

From the creators of the award-winning film Secret Child, comes MiCal. The inspiring true story of tenacity, a seven-year-old boy struggles to make sense of words on the page. But when Mike is diagnosed with dyslexia and the teachers continue to fail him, his mother takes matters into her own hands to help her son fulfil his true potential.

The Power of a Mother’s Love


“I had to be like that to help him. I wasn’t like that initially. I think any mother, when they have to try to help their children, it makes them strong, and, I have to say I really fought for Michael. I was what they call an anxious mother.”
– Pat Jones, Mike’s mother


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“Mical should be seen by every child, school, educator, preservice teacher and policymaker. It perfectly encapsulates the frustration and struggles that those of us with dyslexia face as well as the impact this has on self-esteem. It also shows the world that dyslexia doesn’t make us lesser in any way and that when taught in a way that takes into account our differences, that we really can soar!”
– Georgia, 2019/2020 Youth Ambassador for Dyslexia Mid-North Coast Australia
“Anyone who watches this and cannot chose to do better for dyslexics, must not have a heart.”
– Julie Holmes McKinley, The Dyslexia Initiative
This is absolutely incredible!! I mean so well done, tears, and laughter. Pride and excitement. So moving. I can’t wait for it to be able to be shared. It will definitely be motivational and an instant hit.
– Kayla Steltenkamp, President International Dyslexia Association KY
“So beautiful, inspirational and moving. Everything I thought it would be and more. Just wanted to say this while the tears are still fresh on my face. Thank you to Tiffany, Mike and Pat. There are no words to describe what they mean to the Dyslexia community.
– Jodi Snowdon, Parent Advocate
The screenplay is written by Malcolm Duffy, who was the creative director of Comic Relief.
The creative team includes Tribeca Film Festival nominated filmmaker/award-winning cinematographer Darius Shu (Secret Child, His Hands), who is also the associate producer on the film. The other key crew members include editor Struan Clay, gaffer Jim Agnew, makeup-artist Allison Edwards, stylist Katie Reid, production designer Elizabeth El-Kadhi Brown, costume designer Poppy Bell, and music by Roy Todd.
Coming in 2020, Mical is presented by Lewis & Ho Productions and Silverprince Pictures.