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Director, Marco Kalantari attended the first international screening of The Shaman at the Tribeca Film Festival yesterday.  My part was only a small one but I was delighted to be involved and wish everybody a great time in New York.

Marco hired an international team of artists from Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Ukraine, France, Serbia, Malaysia, the UK, Iceland and Germany to help put together The Shaman, which is at the Tribeca Film Festival this week.



Marco Kalantari on the left and TaQ the Composer on the right.

picture via Getty Images.

The dark year 2204, in a world that has seen 73 years of continuous war.

The face of conflict has changed. People kill people but they now rely on giant, intelligent battle machines to fight. Meanwhile, mankind has re-discovered the arts of magic and Shamanism and the Generals on both sides use well-trained spiritual warriors to face the threat of machines. Shamans have special senses; they are experts in all aspects of the “unseen” and the “beyond”. They believe that every person, animal, plant and object has a soul. When crossing the border to the Netherworld, the Shaman can find this soul and interact with it. That is what makes him such a deadly, highly effective weapon. They track and convert the souls of their enemies’ giant battle machines in a psychological soul-to-soul confrontation. But Shamans are not invulnerable. They are just people and can be killed like anyone else.’


BBC Radio 4


Nishi and me (The Stuarts)


Today I met Nishi Malde, we were recording the first episode of a new BBC 4 Radio Drama.  Nishi does a lot of radio too and she has appeared in Little Crackers.  We had good fun at the recording and no doubt we will meet up again.

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Breakneck Films are excited to announce that their short film Lady Luck is screening at The world famous WorldFest film festival in Houston USA which runs from 10-19th April 2015.  It has been nominated for a REMI award – previous winners include: Spielberg, Lucas, Ridley Scott, David Lynch, the Coen Brothers, and Coppola!


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Jo Lewis

Jo Lewis
Victoria Bavister
Krissi Mcilquham

Jo Lewis
Fay Garrett

Adam Thomas Wright
Abigail Titmuss
Richard Strange
Tav MacDougall

SYNOPSIS A young boy attempts to win back his mother’s love. Based on a short story by DH Lawrence ‘The Rocking Horse Winner.”


1:00 PM, Saturday the 18th  April
Matinee Program #16: Family Shorts

Runtime: 18:25 | English | United Kingdom



I am delighted to say that I have just received an email saying that ‘THE MISSING’ has been nominated for FOUR BAFTA AWARDS.

The categories are:-

Leading actor – James Nesbitt

Supporting actor – Ken Stott


Radio Times audience award (voted for by members of the public)

It was brilliant to be able to play opposite James Nesbitt and he was great.  I wish he gets the ‘Best Actor’ BAFTA. My fingers will be crossed.

Congratulations to the whole team.

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A new drama is due to transmit with episode 1 going out on the 27th April at 18.00 hrs.

A tale of wizards, dragons and magic by Ursula Le Guin.

A Wizard of Earthsea is a young-adult fantasy novel written by the American author Ursula K. Le Guin, first published by the small press Parnassus in 1968

The radio adaptation by Judith Adams was directed by Sasha Yevtushenco. It may surprise you how this original story is very similar to another young wizard with a scar on his forehead!

Ursula Le Guin - Earthsea

Details here:



I am away on holiday for a few days and I got an email asking me do a skype interview for the   Julien Dubuque International Film Festival in Iowa, for the very successful film ‘ Lady Luck’, directed by    Jo Lewis.   Unfortunately, the skype connection was awful.  Luckily mum had brought the camera and her lap top so we were able to provide a self tape instead.

Wishing the Lady Luck team very best wishes and fingers crossed for another award.


I know some Greek mythology but my attention was drawn to this new series simply because the director is Nick Willing who directed me in the feature film ‘Altar’.   It has really piqued my interest and I intend to learn a lot more about Greek mythology.  In the meantime here is a sneaky peek at the trailer for the new drama which premiers on SyFy T.V. tomorrow, Thursday, 10 p.m. – “The Temple of Gaia”

The hero, actually called Hero and played by Tom York sets out on a  mythical quest to solve the riddle of the Gods, unlock the doors to Olympus and become an immortal. Hero’s epic journey leads him through the darkest realms of Ancient Greece accompanied by the beautiful, but twisted Oracle of Gaia, the powerful sorceress Medea and genius inventor Daedalus. Hero battles trickster gods, vicious monsters, seductive nymphs, kings and despots, as he transforms from fresh-faced naive into a ruthless, cold hearted killer, and match for the gods themselves.

BBC RADIO 3 29th March, 9.45 p.m.

Sharon Oakes (top left)  pictured with some of the cast recording Fanny and Alexander.

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