The Adam Morley & Actor Awareness Bursary
Kevin Lee returns to Barons Court with his new play
Maria is from a lovely little town in Berkshire. Andy is from the north. They pretend they don’t get on. But really they do. They have plenty to say for themselves, and to each other. But perhaps it’s the things they can’t say which trouble them the most.
Dates: Tuesday 19th July to Saturday 23rd July 2016 @7.30pm including a matinee on Saturday @2.30pm.£12 or £10 concessions. Running time approx 60 mins
Kevin Lee returns to Barons Court for a third time after previous successes including ‘Time for Heroes’ last year. Tickets can be booked through email@example.com or by calling 020 8932 4747.
Barons Court Theatre, Curtains up pub, 28a Comeragh Road West Kensington London W14 9HR. Nearest tube stations – West Kensington (District Line) or Barons Court (District or Piccadilly lines) – Both within five minutes walk of the theatre
About the writer
Kevin Lee is a playwright from Sydenham in South East London and is the author of the critically acclaimed ‘Time for Heroes’ (Barons Court Theatre), which earned rave reviews last year. His new play ‘Different Class’ will be his fourth production to appear on the London stage. Kevin Lee’s previous work includes:
‘Time for Heroes’ (Barons Court)
★★★★★ – Everything Theatre ★★★★ – The Upcoming
Cyrano of Brixton (The Brockley Jack Theatre)
★★★★ South London Press
girl-friend (Barons Court Theatre)
So what attracts you to film?
I’ve always been slightly obsessed with film, and even from a young age I would beg my mum to take me to the video store so we could rent something and I’d then watch it two or three times before we returned it the next morning. But it’s hard to pin point what exactly attracts me to film. For me, I think ‘film’ encompasses a range of different art forms I am interested in – writing and photography for example, but I also love the collaboration with the actors and compiling the footage into a coherent story. Film has everything.
What filmmakers inspire you?
Recently it’s been the more independent filmmakers who have inspired me most – perhaps because as I get older I am looking at ways to get my work seen, and they are closer to my level. So filmmakers like Jeff Nichols, Jeremy Saulnier and Ben Wheatley are ones to take an interest in.
When did you decide to start making your own short films?
When I was 23.5 years old. I had just left uni and I didn’t fancy joining a production company and ‘working my way up.’ I had saved up enough money whilst I was uni to buy all my own equipment.
What is the toughest part of the filmmaking process ?
It’s a fifty-fifty between funding and casting. It is hard to juggle two jobs in order for one to pay for the other, and then casting is just a stressful and anxious process as you want to get the right people, and it often requires a lot of staring at a screen watching showreels – it does help me to realise ‘who’ the characters are though.
What advise do you give to new filmmaker?
The more you do the better and learn to let go – you will get hung up on ‘mistakes’, but learn from them and move on to the next project.
Tell us your best and worst time filmmaking?
Best time was shooting The Missing Hand, as I was giggling the whole way through, and the worst is either shooting Loop (when it was a very cold) or Killer Bird (a production too big for me to handle by myself).
What would you never scrimp on when putting a budget together for a short film?
Paying people! If you pay, it gives your the control and freedom to get the right people. You are a professional production and it will get treated as such. And also, leave budget for music.
Tell us about your current project?
So I’ve got numerous projects in various stages of production. The next one I am shooting at the end of June is called Man In A Suit and it’s short drama about a new government initiative set up to reduce unemployment. I’ve just released Toast online, which is a ‘one minute, one shot, existential comedy about bread’, and I am just about to start editing a new one called Two Pound Forty Pence which is a nightmarish-thriller about a guy who is pursued by a beggar.
What is your next plans
Figuring out a way to produce a feature film.
At Actors Awareness we encourage diversity in film, how do you apply this when casting your shorts?
I think we should all be more aware about diversity and it’s importance. I have to admit that I don’t consciously choose to be ‘diverse’ when casting, but I also don’t restrict my castings either. I don’t look at class, ethnicity or physical characteristics when casting. But for me it all comes down to the character on the page and who is the best choice to bring that to life.
Where do you look to get crew and cast for film projects?
Either through networking or casting sites like Casting Call Pro.
Check out Toast on Vimeo
A Series of Unfortunate Breakups
Written by Lucy Burke
Directed by Imogen Beech
What sounds better than a play about relationships, break ups & makes up! sounds like my life! Well check out the fab show ‘A Series of Unfortunate Breakups’, It looks like it’s set be a top bloody show, so get reading then get booking your tickets.
If you want a chance of winning some FREE tickets (I did say free, you’re right) Tweet @actorawareness #UnfortunateBreakups with your funniest breakup in 6 words or less!!!
‘Some Riot Theatre’ presents ‘A Series of Unfortunate Breakups’, a new comedy about love, loss and Harry Styles.
“Being a teenager is hard enough, but it’s even harder if your soulmate is a global superstar who doesn’t actually know you exist…”
Watch three young couples try (and fail) to battle their way through the modern world of sex and dating with catastrophic yet hilarious results. Fresh from a sell out run at Camden’s Etcetera Theatre, ‘A Series of Unfortunate Breakups’ explores what happens after the happily-ever-after and is truly a show not to be missed if you want to learn what NOT to do in the big, bad world of love.
The play was created by writer Lucy Burke. After graduating from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in the Summer of 2015, Lucy went on to create ‘Some Riot Theatre’ a new company made up of drama school graduates dedicated to creating, producing and performing new works. The play is the company’s debut play. It is currently being previewed in selected venues around London, before going on to the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
A Series of Unfortunate Breakups Valentines Day Special
Sunday 14th February at 20.00
Venue: Camden Comedy Club,100 Camden High Street, London, NW1 0LU.
Tickets £7 (£6 concessions)
WIN TICKETS BY TWEETING @SomeRiotTheatre @actorawareness and in 6 words describe your funniest breakup
SEE YOU THERE
Adam Morley is a great supporter of the campaign and he is letting us host our first Scratch night at ‘The Canal Cafe’. His enthusiasm and kindness towards Actor Awareness is allowing us to provide a night of new writing from Actor Awareness followers.
We have lots of supporters coming along including industry professionals. It shows that our message is getting out there and people are interested. Come and support the new writers, actors, directors putting their stories out there, maybe it’ll inspire you to submit something to our next scratch night.
Actor Awareness is about encouraging people to make their own work and actively engage in the arts industry. In this day and age there are thousands of people auditioning for a limited amount of roles, if you can make your own work, you’re one step ahead. Creating your own work, you are becoming part of a moving conversation which is exciting, Actor Awareness believes everyone has stories that are fighting for a stage.
Our first writers meeting is led by Jonathan Asser.
Jonathan is an award-winning published psychodynamic counsellor and poet. He is credited with developing a unique approach to working with the small number of violent gang members who continued to dominate within the largest prison in the UK. Jonathan used this experience to write his first feature-length screenplay, STARRED UP.
STARRED UP was greeted by audiences and critics alike with warm praise. Mark Kemode (The Guardian) praised Jonathan’s ‘fine ear for the nuances of macho verbal sparring,’ whilst The Telegraph described it as ‘compellingly gritty’.
This feature was the recipient of numerous nominations and awards including Best Supporting Actor for Ben Mendelsohn at the British Independent Film Awards and a Best Actor win for Jack O’Connell at the Dublin Film Critics Award. O’Connell was also the recipient of BAFTA’s Rising Star Award.
Jonathan himself was the winner of the Best British Newcomer award at the London Film Festival, Scottish BAFTAs for Writer: Film/Television and Best Feature Film as well as the WGGB award for Best First Screenplay. The screenplay was also nominated at the British Independent Film Awards. Further to this, Jonathan was a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit of 2014.
Date and Venue: December 4th @ The Actors Temple. Please email tanheartssteph@gmail to confirm your place. Cost is ONLY £10.
NEXT WRITERS MEETING: January 22nd- Theatre Deli- 7-10pm. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm.
(please follow steffieegg12 on Twitter for writers meetings updates)
Actor Awareness is all about finding talent that hasn’t had the chance or opportunity of finding its way to a stage or screen to show the world their story.
Several plans are in action to get people’s stories heard, scratch nights are something that is awesome for new writers and actors to be part of so they can grow their ideas, have a platform and get feedback.
The first scratch night is being held at The Canal café, this alone is awesome. Here at Actor Awareness we are fortunate to have the theatre interested in giving us space so the first night can forge forward. So if you are a budding writer with material that you feel you want to get feedback on, send your submissions into email@example.com or actorawareness@gmail,com. Submissions for December’s scratch night are till 7th November, the theme is working class.
The night will be 15 minutes slot for each act and at the end there will be chance for feedback from the audience, you can stick around after for a drink at the bar for more questions or praise ! In your submissions send your script, any props or stage set up that you would require, the more basic the better, but if you have something you think can work don’t be put off, but do look online at the space so you know what you’re working with.