Luke Rampersad – Solace

Luke co-stars in Tchaiko Omawale’s Solace, a coming-of-age feature film premiering on the 23rd of September  at 2pm at the Culver City ArcLight Cinema as part of the Los Angeles Film Festival.

Written, directed and produced by Omawale and based on her own experiences growing up, it focuses on a 17 year-old girl who is sent to live with her estranged grandmother after her father suddenly dies and finds comfort in a questionable friendship with her self-destructive neighbour, leading both on a startling path of self-discovery. 

The Los Angeles Film Festival is the home of independent filmmaking on the West Coast and is running from the 20th to the 28th of September in cinemas across Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Culver City.

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Robin Kingsland – The Effect

Robin is co-starring in The Effect, produced by Play With Fire Productions and directed by Jake Murray.

A clinical romance, it focuses on two young volunteers, Tristan and Connie, who agree to take part in a clinical drug trial. Succumbing to the gravitational pull of attraction and love, however, Tristan and Connie manage to throw the trial off-course, much to the frustration of the clinicians involved.

This funny, moving and perhaps surprisingly human play explores questions of sanity, neurology and the limits of medicine, alongside ideas of fate, loyalty and the inevitability of physical attraction.

Toby is the overseer and technically Lorna’s superior within the facility, despite being colleagues once upon a time. He is idealistic and passionate about the efficacy of anti-depressants. He is optimistic and believes in a mental health revolution where drugs will soon cure all that ails peoples minds.

The Effect will be the sixth production from Play With Fire Productions but their first on the Oldham Coliseum’s main stage and their first touring production, performing at both the Oldham Coliseum and The Exchange in North Shields, and will be running in Oldham from September 25-27 in Oldham and from September 11-13 in North Shields. 

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Julie Barclay – Wild Geese

Julie features in Iris Production’s short film Wild Geese, airing as part of Iris Prize Film Festival running from the 9th to the 14th of October 2018 having already been aired at festivals in Toronto, Los Angeles and Dublin. 

When Amy (Emma Pierson) catches her husband cheating on her with another man, she falls down the stairs and bangs her head on the way down. She wakes up in hospital with severe amnesia, thinking it’s the year 1999 and she’s 16. She has fully reverted back into being a teenager complete with Emo poetry and hormonal outspoken attitude with absolutely no memory of the past 20 years especially that weak-chinned husband of hers. However, crucially, she has now become fixated on tracking down her high school best friend, and first love, Polly (Lisa McGrillis). 

Directed by Susan Jacobson and written by Katie Campbell and Kayleigh Llewellyn, this is a darkly funny yet poignant story of recovery and the redemptive nature of love.

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Declan Mooney – Special Couple

Declan is featuring as the Lawyer’s Husband in Special Couple, the first non-documentary film to be produced under the UK-China Co-Production treaty and will be released sometime next year. 

This rom-com in both Mandarin and English has been produced by the UK’s Zephyr Films and China’s Dimension Films and the Shanghai Media Group with additional funding from Northern Ireland Screen via Invest NI.

Starring Aarif Rahman, Bai-Ke and Rupert Graves, otherwise known as Detective Lestrade in BBC’s Sherlock, it follows two childhood friends who relocate from China to London. However, following an unfortunate event, one of them faces deportation. The pair pretend to be a couple to convince a sceptical immigration officer about their right to remain in the UK.

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Andy Owens – Blood Brothers

Andy is returning to the role of Perkins in the UK tour of the iconic show Blood Brothers.

Written by Willy Russell, the legendary Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences.

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