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Argyle Crown presents…

I’m now officially also a writer and director.  AND this is the first project from my newly minted production wing, Argyle Crown.  Enjoy.

Birdwatcher is a short film I’ve had in the works for a while.  The title is slang used by British Intelligence for a spy.  The plot: dinner for two, deception for one.

The story was inspired by a painting by Alexander Pope, The Fox – Fair Game, which features in the film and poster. Other inspirations include the low-light photography in Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon (below left) and 17th century Vanitas paintings (below right: Vanitas – Composition with flowers and skull by Adriaen van Utrecht).

Be a producer

You don’t have to sit around waiting for someone to give you a role.  My buddy Rob Oldfield is a great example of this – he’s made a number of short films to showcase his talents and ideas.  I’ve been involved in a few of them and this week he had a role for me in his latest short film, “Josh”, which sits in the suspense/horror genre (he’s a big fan).

I play a ghoulish character, but can’t share much more just yet (Rob wants to avoid spoilers).  The ‘set-selfie’ above is of Rob and Jean Wong (DOP) – lots of fun working with these guys.

We wrapped after the last tube, so I had to catch two buses home.  No, I didn’t catch a cab – I’m a ‘brassic’ actor.  Home by 02:00 then up again at 06:00 to get to a marquee job in Wimbledon…thinking I should follow Rob’s example more.