I was in Episode 2 of Series 2 of Simon Callow’s sitcom The Rebel recently on Gold (15th November, repeated 17th). I believe it’s still on catch up but I’m not 100% how to go about it if I’m honest. I’m very happy with the way it turned out and I have very positive memories of working with Mr Callow and the rest of the cast and crew. I played a ticket inspector who argues with Simon Callow’s character before being forcefully pushed into the train toilet. I do, however, get my own back…
Well well well. So I just spent 3 weeks shooting the Criminal Audition, where I played the character of William. I posted about this film back in November 2014 when I was due to have a little cameo, and appeared in the comic crowdfunding video. You may remember of course that I was in the original play back in 2011(!). Anyway, fast forward 3 years, major script rewrites, production changes, character recasting… and here I am playing one of the leads. I’m very grateful to Luke Kaile and Sam Gridley, and the rest of the team, for casting me in this great film where I had some incredibly enjoyable scenes getting to flex some different acting muscles. It’s also great that Luke has finally managed to get his film made after a lot of hard work. I look forward to seeing the final results, which are being edited as we speak. There’s me preparing to do some “serious acting” in that photo.
So here it is! A couple of days shooting in Bucharest with a great crew of about 70 I think, and roughly a similar amount of extras has led to this piece of work that I’m very proud of! Clearly a very technical shoot with far less visual effects than you might think, we filmed all of that in different locations or sets (as opposed to just using a blue screen – they really built that catwalk, that was a real pool, and they really smashed that car windscreen.) The hardest part was trying to walk at the same speed in every scene while not looking where I’m going and delivering subtlety different lines for different versions. But anyway, I think it’s turned out great. Phil the director, Ed the DOP and Nick the producer were great to work with as were all the Romanian cast and crew. The guys from Topcashback were on set too and were lovely as always. They talk about the ad on their blog here, and director Phil Hawkins discusses the shoot on his website here.
Hey everyone, here’s the first music video for my new thing Rich Keeble & The More Accomplished Musicians. The song is called You Took My Stuff and is from our self-titled album! It stars my friend Ben Green as well as the band members. Full credits are in the YouTube description.
I was back at Liars’ League on Tuesday night for their Heads & Tails event, performing “Mustard Moon” by Sarah Evans, a rather touching story that seemed to go down very well with the audience and actually won the first prize. They said I “read the hell out of it”, which was nice.
Hi guys! This month two audiobooks came out that I narrated. Let’s start with the “satire”… this topical satire book was great fun to read and is definitely worth checking even for the last incredible chapter alone. Here’s the pitch:
There was once a fashionable theory that history was determined not by individuals but by economic and geopolitical forces. Recent years have proved that idea abundantly wrong. From Nigel Farage to Donald Trump via (inevitably) Vladimir Putin, we have largely been governed, endangered and thrown into confusion by a pack of angry men. (Nearly always men. Nearly always white). Men whose ambition is inversely proportional to their ability – and stability. Post-truth, mid-Brexit and with Nationalism on the rise, we stand on the precipice of an uncertain future, and Enemies of the People details those who have stuffed us on the bus and driven us there. Not all are monsters, but whether through malice, bad driving or accidentally taking a wrong turn, these are the culprits responsible for landing us on this dizzying and windswept cliff edge.
Remember, though – they say history is written by the victors, and fortunately many of those currently winning can’t seem to write more than 140 characters at a time. This gives us the golden opportunity to set the record straight and snatch back the narrative. But if we’ve any chance of victory, we first need to know our enemy.
©2017 Sam Jordison (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
And now the “sex”… I enjoyed this thriller in a very different way to Enemies of the People. There’s… you know… sex in it. I play Craig in this multi-narrator book that really does move along quite nicely!
Two couples. A doctor’s surgery. A deadly obsession. Who’s telling the truth?
‘Who else would you go for, if you could? Give me a name, someone you quite like.’
He shrugs his shoulders. A jawline held tight.
‘I quite like Jenni. What about you?’
I don’t reply.
Carly and Rob, Jenni and Craig. Two couples, four friends. Betraying each other. Wanting each other.
All of them have access to prescription drugs through the medical practice where they work, and all of them are fighting their own demons.
But can any of them be trusted? And when the lies begin, can they ever be silenced?
©2017 Amanda Robson (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
All available on Audible! Don’t forget to leave a good review!
So… that famous international footballer’s autobiography I narrated… it’s out now on Audible! Please feel free to leave a thoroughly justified excellent review after listening to me talk for 8 and a hours…
Here’s the blurb:
Mesut Ozil is a midfield magician, casting an elegant spell over opponents and conjuring passes through gaps lesser mortals can’t even see. After an eventful sojourn among the Galacticos of Real Madrid, he has savoured silverware at Arsenal, while in 2014 he lifted the World Cup with Germany.
But his life and career have been a test of resilience. Growing up in Germany’s Turkish community, he faced prejudice from those who claimed his dual identity would prevent him giving his all for the national team. Later came questions over a different type of commitment, the kind levelled against those, like Mesut Ozil, who excel in football’s finer arts rather than relying simply on running and ruggedness. He has proved concerns on both these issues lack substance.
In Gunning for Greatness, Mesut Ozil reveals the inside stories of his relationships with Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger, his quest to help the under-fire Frenchman restore Arsenal’s preeminence – and how he silenced the sceptics by conquering the world.
©2017 Mesut Özil (P)2017 Hodder & Stoughton Limited
These have actually been available for a few weeks I think but this episode of new Comedy Central show “Bad Snappers” has just gone up on YouTube – I’m in it as the vicar. It was great fun actually and I’m very grateful to Georgie and Danni for getting me involved. It’s only a minute long so you might as well check it out for god’s sake!