Category: General

WHAT’S GOING ON

Well folks, I know I have been a  bit quite again but things have been a bit hectic but not on the acting side.

I have been going to a number of auditions and on several of them I have been down to the last knockings and then that ‘pencil in’ fades out.  Still, I won’t complain because at least I am being seen and my agent is still working his socks off.

I have been rather busy though with my own short film, The Drive.  I have a page on @patreon.com which is a way of having people who want to know what you are doing and become involved. They can get on board as a patron and follow the project all the way through to the screening and film festivals.

I have been saving up like mad and have more or less got the amount together I need to complete the film.  Lots of shots have been done and some more are scheduled for next week.  The most difficult ones are done and now it is just a case of tying up the remainder of the locations and making sure that the actors are available.

We did everything by the book with permits and loads of forms to fill in on safety and insurance etc.  I am really pleased that we did this and it has been a great learning curve because as things get bigger, at least I have had the experience of what needs to be done.

We filmed on the beach in Kent and just above the beach there was a hotel and we were able to hire one of their conference rooms for the day.  It made life so much easier.  We were able to set up our equipment, wardrobe and food.

It was an incredibly hot day and we had some issues with the sun.  On the whole, the filming went really well and in the edit, I was very pleased with our efforts.

At one point the tide was coming in and we had to finish quickly otherwise we would have been stuck there until it went out as the cliffs behind us were very high and vertical.

I will be back again soon with some more news and hopefully we will get some more in the can next week.

I will be doing a push on my patreon site to find more patrons.  We want to put this film in some good festivals and they are expensive.  All proceeds will go to funding the festival entries.  So if you want to join in go to

www.patreon.com/adamthomaswright 

There are great rewards and we hope to get our screening at the BFI in London.  Any support would be fantastic.

Thanks.

Adam.

THE PHYSICIAN IS NOW ON NETFLICKS

The Physician is now on Netflicks.  This is a really epic film and I played the young Rob Cole.  The older Rob Cole was played by Tom Payne.  The story is set in the 1th century when I young boy is  reluctantly adopted by a ‘healer’ after the death of his mother.   The boy has a gift and becomes a healer and travels to Persia disguised as a Jew at a medical school that will not admit Christians.   It is an epic story with a stellar cast and although it was shown all over the world, for some reason it was not picked up by America or the UK.  In Germany it stole the top film against The Desolation of Smaug!  The original book was written by Noah Gordon and it has also recently been made into a musical and has toured around various theatres in Spain and Germany, to great acclaim.  Catch it if you can.

The Physician (German: Der Medicus) is a 2013 German historical drama film based on the novel of the same name by Noah Gordon. The film focuses on an orphan from an 11th-century English town whose mother died of a mysterious illness. The boy vows to study medicine and decides to travel to Persia.

LINKS:   https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/80014996  

The Physician, the musical – Germany http://noahgordon.com/physicianmusical.html

The Physician, the musical – Spain –  Twitter @Elmedicomusical

 

 

MILLIE INBETWEEN

Again, I must apologise for the delay in new news.  I have been very busy putting together the production of my second short film ‘The Drive’.  More of that later.

Last year, I did a couple of episode of Millie Inbetween which is filmed in Northern Ireland.   It is a very popular CBBC kids progaramme and has a big following.  This was Season 4 and I was introduced as a new character, Clifford.

This was the first time  I attended filming now that I no longer a chaperone.   It was unusual going on my own.  However, it was all good fun and hopefully there will be a Season 5 this year and I will be brought back.

TIME FOR A CATCH UP

Sorry to have been a bit quiet on this site recently.  It has been a bit slow on the acting front recently.  I had a flurry of stuff over Christmas with an advert for ‘Not on the High Street’ where my pretend sister found a love letter I had written to my pretend girlfriend.  So if you noticed that guy rushing across your screen in pursuit of his little sister, yep, that was me.

There were also a couple of BBC Radio plays with a repeat of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s  series GOOD OMENS , directed by Dirk Maggs, where I played Adam, the Antichrist.

Also there was two new BBC Radio plays called Mr Betjeman’s Class on Christmas Day and Mr Betjeman’s Regrets on Boxing Day,  Jonathan Smith’s two-part drama about the troubled father-son relationships in the life of John Betjeman

John Betjeman in 1972.

John Betjeman in 1972. Photograph: Jane Bown for the Observer.

There is a sad footnote to this story in that Benjamin Whitrow,  in his role as the aging poet, very sadly died during the production.  I had the opportunity to chat with him and he was a lovely man.  I have the honour of being asked to attend his memorial in February.

There has been a flurry of auditions in the last couple of days and one of them sounds like I could be playing myself.  So keep your fingers crossed for a good result.

Also, things are moving forward on my own short film production and me and our collaborators are now starting to get to grips with the pre production work.  Our main actor is back from his tour and we will be making plans and arranging some dates soon.

A HUGE THANK YOU TO THE PATRONS WHO ARE HELPING US MAKE THE DRIVE, you too could become a patron.  Take a look at the rewards on offer and help out indie film makers. 

www.patreon.com/adamthomaswright

Watch this space.

THE PHYSICIAN IS BEING MADE INTO A MUSICAL

You may recall I have written before about the feature film ‘The Physician’, where I played the young Rob Cole.   In the 11th century, as a 9 year old boy, Rob was left to fend for himself having been orphaned. He attaches himself to a travelling Physician and wanders the land.  Driven by his passion to heal and relieve pain he travels to the East where he will pass as a Jew and will adopt the name of Jesse Ben Benjamin, so as not to stand out as European and to make his dream come true. A epic adventure.

Rob Cole 9 years old (still from The Physician , directed by Philipp Stolzl

The book was written by Noah Gordon and I recently heard that the story is being adapted for a  symphonic musical.   This is amazing.  When I first heard about it on twitter, I wondered how that could work out.  I have now watched a number of videos on YOUTUBE where some of the rehearsals have been posted and it looks great!

The extravaganza, a live world premier of El Medico, based on the famous book by  Noah Gordon  is taking place in Fibes Sevilla, Spain from the 20th to 23rd December.

Victoria Galan, below, is playing the young Rob in this production and I wish her success and a wonderful time.

YouTube interview with Victoria. (Spanish)

and a YouTube video of a rehearsal (Spanish)

If you are in Spain and have a chance to get along to the event, You can buy tickets here:-  https://goo.gl/hWW35m

LINKS

FACEBOOK:  musical/ttps://www.facebook.com/elmedicoel

TWITTER:  

 

CHRISTMAS DAY AND BOXING DAY TREAT

A few months ago I did a radio recording for BBC Radio 4  It was recorded in my favourite  studio, Maida Vale.   We  recorded Mr Betjeman’s Class and I was young Paul, Boy 1 and senior boy 2.  The story is about Sir John Betjeman’s life and the first transmission is on Christmas Day at 2.15 p.m.

Mr Betjeman’s Regrets  was the second instalment and will be transmitted on BBC Radio 4 on Boxing Day at the same time of 2.15 p.m.

This will be a poignant experience for me because I played alongside Benjamin Whitrow who played the old Betjeman and he, very sadly, died after a fall at home near the end of the recordings.  It was so sad and it was strange to hear that he had passed away when I had only been talking with him a couple of days before.

You may recognize Benjamin Whitrow from the 1995 BBC version of Pride and Prejudice although you will see from his IMDb link that his body of work is enormous.  I am so glad I got the chance to work with him.

This was a situation which took everyone by surprise and the original transmission was cancelled.  It was decided that Robert Bathhurst would continue the recording and the Christmas Day and Boxing Day transmissions were announced.

You will recognize Robert Bathhurst from TV series like, Cold Feet, Downton Abbey and many more dramas. He was a personal friend of Benjamin and it was apt that he should finish this play.

IMDb link 

Johnathan Smith has written an article for The New Statesman which is about his love of Sir John Benjamin’s work and his regard for Benjamin Whitrow.  Below is a copy of his piece.

THE NEW STATESMAN 4TH DECEMBER 2017

NEW POST FOR MY PATRONS ON PATREON

Today I loaded a new post about the short film ‘Lady Luck’.  This was a very enjoyable experience and I also had the pleasure of winning Best Newcomer at The Monaco International Film Festival.  If you want to find out about the people and places I have worked with and at, become a patron for access to lots of behind the scenes pictures, stories and anecdotes.

www.patreon.com/adamthomaswright 

 

CHRISTMAS ADVERT

Christmas will soon be upon us and here we are with all the adverts coming onto our TV screens.  One of them has me in it.  Great fun to do.  Keep a look out for Not On the High Street Christmas Advert.

WHAT’S HAPPENING

It has been a busy few weeks.  I have had a few auditions and recorded a couple of radio plays for the BBC. I have also been spending a lot of time on my Patreon site, patreon.com/adamthomaswright

I have been loading information about the next short film we are doing, ‘The Drive’ and I have also been writing accounts of  my acting career and starting at the very beginning with stories and anecdotes. There are also plenty of photographs and there will be lots of behind the scene pictures of various films and t.v. programmes.  At the moment it  is the early years but there is much, much more to come.

I recently spent some time in Northern Ireland filming a possible new character in a popular CBBC children’s programme.  Hopefully, I will get to go back and do some more if the writers liked my character.

This is the time of year when all the auditions for the Christmas adverts start coming in.  I auditioned last week for one and I have been pencilled in so fingers crossed!

Two more auditions to do this week so after my break over the GCSE period, things are starting to hot up again.

I was very pleased with my GCSE results and I will be doing Maths, Physics and Photography for my A levels.  Perhaps I will study further maths when I leave school.

I am really enjoying my photography and I have been submitting to some competitions.

So as you can see, it has been busy.  Wish me luck for my auditions and if you fancy following my story, subscribe to my Patreon site.   You can un-submit at any time.

 

 

PATREON

I have just created a brand new page at the fundraising site for our next new short film,  ‘The Drive’ at Patreon.com.  This is a innovative way of raising funds for our project.  You collect patrons who are interested in your venture.  I will be providing vlogs and blogs to the page giving information about making short films and also a lot of archive and current news and anecdotes about my acting experiences.  It will be interesting and informative and it won’t cost my patrons a bundle.  You can subscribe for as little as 2$ a month.

Have a look at the link and see what you think.

https://www.patreon.com/adamthomaswright