Archives For David Edward-Robertson

Me as Paul Hardwick on Emmerdale being utterly charmless as only a Rich Old Guy can.

 

Myself as Danny. Ian Curley as Marek. Brilliantly DOP’d by Colin Warhurst and part of uber talented Joe O’Byrnes Tales From Paradise Heights.

Great ending to this scene which turns the story on its head. I spent a while in make-up getting all aged up and it constantly needed refreshing between scenes. The upside was that I had a stubborn, pesky blackhead that I had tried for years to remove with all kinds of tools and products, but to no avail. However, once I peeled all that gunk off it had miraculously disappeared. RESULT!!!

Paper Heart

November 22, 2010 — Leave a comment
SUPPORT: Rob Brown with actor Kevin Spacey.

Next acting gig is in London around 30th Nov. It’s not often that real talent and a good cause come together, happily this the case with this little venture. The talent is in the form of award winning Director Rob Brown. His previous work includes the acclaimed Echoes and more recently Silent Things.

Paper Heart is part of a multimedia project around the issues of homelessness. The film was pitched to Kevin Spacey who supported it’s funding through IdeasTap. My role in the film is tiny, however the chance to be part of something that isn’t as insular as the norm and to work with another emerging Director – it’s happened a few times lately – was all the convincing I needed.

This is the trailer for Finding Polish. A film that was commissioned as part of the Version Festival last year and was premiered, albeit in first edit, at The Cornerhouse in Manchester. It’s a screen adaptation of a short story of the same name by M.Y.Alam. The story appears in a collection entitled The Book of Leeds, published by Comma Press.

I initially auditioned for the film having read about Comma Press and the upcoming Version Festival. I was interested from a storytelling point of view. Anyway, after getting the part of Polish I did express how I became interested but the bait was never taken and I decided not to explore anything further – for the time being anyway.

The film itself was meant to be a short 10 minute pitch for a feature. However, we had so much great material from the shoot that it turned in to a made for TV feature. As far as I know the production team behind the film – Picture Lock Productions –  are still trying to secure  a deal which would enable them to make a full feature.

Once again I was lucky enough to work with a great crew, and during some of the twilight shoots  a team spirit came through that I have rarely seen before or witnessed since. We all worked extremely hard but had some great laughs along the way too.

Unfortunately, I’m not really ‘in the loop’ as to what is happening with the film. But whatever happens I hope the feature length version does get made. It is a great story and the character of Polish and his associations with an Asian gangster family deserve to be explored on screen as well as in literary form. Storytelling in two media.

I will keep an eye on what happens with Version too. I’m sure oral storytelling, modern short stories and film can work in partnership – somehow.

My showreel.

September 13, 2010 — Leave a comment

 

Ante The Teaser gets blogged

September 11, 2010 — 4 Comments

As many of you are aware I took part in the creation of the short film Ante earlier this year. The director Chris Cronin edited Ante the Teaser in a few days mainly to show the crew and the cast, and give us a flavour of how it will look. Well, the teaser attracted 1000 YouTube views over a few days and kept on climbing despite having no publicity. The teaser itself garnered entry into a Film Festival and bit of a buzz has surrounded the film ever since.

It is a great story written by Paul Thomas who was inspired by Richard Kuklinski ‘the iceman’ in his creation of the Hitman Pierson, the character I play. It was one of those gamble shoots for an actor as far as I was concerned. I hadn’t heard of the director and I didn’t know who else had been cast. So the first thing I did was google other work Chris had done and after watching that I knew I wanted to be part of this project. I was impressed by his visual style and ideas, and even though I wouldn’t be paid I auditioned anyway.

I don’t usually do unpaid work anymore but sometimes it feels right to help out in that way and to be honest I’m glad I did. The other actors were great to work with and the crew were a team that in my opinion, along with the writer, have a good chance of going far in the mad bad biz of film.