Acting Awards for Dark Is the Night - Verity Blake (female lead)
This September came along and brought me 2 more acting awards for my role as Verity Blake in the noir drama "Dark Is the Night" (2016; featurette; Dir. Ellie Hatfield).
My participating into Accolade Global Film Competition (La Jolla, CA) and Festigious International Film Festival (Los Angeles, CA) got me an "Award Of Merit: Actress_Leading" in the Accolade Competition and an "Honourable Mention: Actress" in Festigious. Along me was awarded in the Accolade Competition my fellow actor Neil Main with an "Award Of Recognition: Actor_Supporting". Few more Festivals are aligned down the road but we are all very happy with the achievements of our collaboration.
Firearm Training for Film & TV
It has been a pleasure to take on a course of Firearm handling and to get an insight of what it takes to properly handle a firearm. The training took place in Wales and was taught by Benjamin Leonides-Morgan and Stuart McNeill from FT4FT Tactical Firearm Team and comprised of safety issues in handling the weapons and the way to correctly hold them as for an actor it is important to look professional. I can admit I had a lot of fun trying the pistol, the Colt and the Beretta in the first day and the Tactical Rifle Training with an AR15 in the second day of the course. The highlight of the day was the "transition from rifle to handgun" course. Loved the noise and the smoke and will gladly do it again! Safely, of course!
New female lead role in feature film!!
Becoming a lead/co-lead/female lead, or however they're called, it is a big deal especially when advancing one's career by moving from short films to featurettes and feature films. After my two female lead roles, one as Verity Blake in the featurette noir "Dark Is the Night" (2016), and the other as Adina Ferguson in the feature film "When Nothing Else Matters" (2017; filming) I am very happy to announce my new female lead role in "The Marriage" where I will be playing Sorina under the directions of Jide Bisayo.
Filming starts this July, 2017 in London, UK and I am glad to see a cast that is diverse and multicultural, where male to female ratio is 4:3 (not counting the very small parts) and the subject taps into certain delicate issues I cannot discuss here at this point.
All I can say is that I am extraordinarily happy and have already been properly digging into the script and looking for the day we start this new journey!
New Nomination! New Award!
Earlier this month I found out that I have been nominated for an award in the L.A. Neo Noir Novel, Film & Script Festival (Los Angeles, California, USA), thus I have been keeping my fingers crossed all full of hopes while jumping up and down with joy. For someone so early in my career (not yet 3 years), being nominated and even winning (2 times until now) with a role I played just after a bit over 1 year into my acting career, it is something. It validates who I am as an actor, somehow it strengthens the feeling that I am doing well what I am doing. Some might comment on the relativity of this but to me is great! This festival is 5 years old, and it is the oldest one yet where the film, "Dark Is the Night" (featurette, 39 min, Dir. Ellie Hatfield) was accepted, still having the rest of the year to hope for more nominations and why not, awards.
The award I was given is "Best Neo Noir Scene", an "audience favourite" award for the excerpt from the film that was submitted. Please find below the awarded scene. I am playing the female lead, Verity Blake.
"How Absurd" series continues... more comedy roles!
The "How Absurd: Life in Absurdity" and "How Absurd: Short Change" online comedy series continue with an online short film called "How Absurd: Not the 10 O'clock News" and has pretty much to do with this June 2017's elections. Now, I have to admit that being only about 3 years in the UK and focusing on my acting career did not really help with my intake on the political issues thus before preparing my comedic moments had to through some inquires out there. Did that, had fun, erased the politics from my mind after that, so do not ask me where I stand, I am quite sure I won't be saying "on the fence". Next to all this politics there are some moments far from it, really amusing so all I can say is do watch it if you have the time (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TMnp81WuY4).
Eastern North Carolina Film Festival! A new Award!
The beginning of March came along with 3 nominations for the noir drama "Dark Is the Night" (2016, Dir. Ellie Hatfield, 39 min) at the Eastern NC Film Festival (North Carolina, USA; 4 years running). The nominations were "Best Picture" / "Best Drama" / "Best Supporting Actress". And yes, the last one was for me and my role as the dramatic heroine Verity Blake. Unfortunately, on the 27th of April, on the festival day, the film itself did not take anything home but I did. And all I can say is that it feels amazing. Knowing the film I am in was screened and the jury considered I deserve this award left me with a type of happiness I never knew before. It is the second one as yet and I suppose it will help me focus more and trust myself and my choices. Seeing my work being appreciated means the world to me and gives me the drive to go forward.
New comedy roles!
Along side Jack Walters, a director and actor I had the pleasure to work with a couple of times before, I will be filming on a couple of short comedy sketches which will be part of 2 online series called "How Absurd: Life in Absurdity" and "How Absurd: Short Change". Comedy is a tricky little thing and comedy timing is one big thing so every time I get the opportunity of such roles I go for them and try to flex that muscle. One of the things I like when working with Jack is that I will have to play different characters in a very short period of time and this can only be a good thing for learning to be adaptable really fast. Happy to be working again with Jack and his team!
Barcelona Planet Film Festival - My first ACTING Award!
I am more than happy to say that I have received my first acting award! The "Best Actress" Award for playing the female lead role, Verity Blake!
This December (2016) came with an early Christmas present for the cast and crew of the noir drama "Dark Is the Night" (2016, Dir. Ellie Hatfield, 39 min.) as the film was selected to be part of Barcelona Planet Film Festival the December 2016 edition (Barcelona, Spain; 2 years running).
At the beginning of January the nominations were announced and our film had 4: "Best Narrative Feature Film", "Best Trailer", "Best Actress" and "Best Actor".
The film also received the "Best Actor" award and these are the first 2 awards for "Dark Is the Night".
Also, earlier in December the film was a semi-finalist in the "Best Short Film" category at the Los Angeles CineFest (Los Angeles, CA, USA; 3 years running) but it did not go further so it was a real good moment of happiness for all of us especially that for the most of the crew this was their first film.