- Cain Hill
- Taking care of business
- The rise of the Krays
Tell us about yourself, your current work, examples of your work.
I’m a Swansea born Welsh actor, living in London. My most recent role would be the movie Cain Hill, which just had its premiere at the Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square. My other roles have included the lead in the independent crime comedy Taking Care of Business, supporting roles in two Lionsgate movies, The Rise of the Krays and Night of the Living Dead: Resurrection as well as a special action fight performer on the Warner Brothers blockbuster Wrath of the Titans.
When did you first decide you wanted to be in film?
My life was heading in a completely different direction when I first decided I wanted to be a film actor. I was a musician and had just completed a tour in Japan. That period in my life is not something I’m comfortable talking much about as my life had basically ground to a halt. Acting really saved me. I remember the night I decided to completely change and become an actor; I was watching the classic crime thriller HEAT, starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. I just saw those two characters, the fantastic support cast, the LA setting and just thought, “this is it, this is for me”. That film made the decision for me and I started acting the next morning.
Given how independent films are produced, there is usually very little or no money spent on cast and crew. Given this why do you work in independent productions, are they a springboard to more commercial opportunities?
Unless you catch a break early on in your career, independent productions are mostly the only work you’ll get for a while and are essential for building your network of contacts, credits and footage for your showreel. They’re a great way to meet likeminded people, work on interesting films and they also tend to allow freedom to take risks and experiment with characters. And of course it’s better than working a regular day job.
What or who inspires you to do what you do? Which films, actors or crew do you most look up to?
The feeling you get when you’re taking on another character, bringing the words on page to life, I live for it.
Actors who I look up to include Daniel Day-Lewis, Christian Bale, Anthony Hopkins, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and of course the late greats Marlon Brando and Heath Ledger. I actually visited Heath’s monument in Perth, Australia recently.
I also adore Sylvester Stallone’s life story and the Rocky series, it’s just so inspiring how he overcame all the odds life threw at him.
If you could put one role, acting or crew, on your Filmography what would it be?
Oh man, that’s a tough one. One role? Just one? Damn…so many to choose from. I don’t know why, but Clint Eastwood in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly springs to mind. Such a badass role.
Independent films generally struggle for funding, do you believe the current crowdfunding sites (Kickstarter, Indiegogo etc) work for film, or is there a market for a film specific model?
To a small degree, yes they work. But the budgets, no matter how much people try, tend to be fairly miniscule in comparison with the big studio pictures and are at times badly presented and managed.
These things have their good and bad points. The bad points being a number of filmmakers I know of who rely solely on crowdfunding, who don’t try to raise funding in any other way, for every single film they make. This leads to you being bombarded with messages on social media every few weeks or months asking you to give them money for their latest projects. It’s too much. That annoys me.
The good points would be that you do get some genuinely great films being made which otherwise wouldn’t be, and they can go on to festivals and reach a bigger audience from there, and hopefully get noticed by important people within the industry.
Thank you Richard, please check out his work