Biographies

MAX BARBER – WRITER, PRODUCER, DIRECTOR
Max Barber is a graduate of The London (International) Film School where he made a number of award winning shorts screened at BAFTA & The British Short Film Festival in the mid 1990’s: The Malinatto Girls & An American Business Man In Essex, he was also twice short listed for The Carl Foreman Screenwriting Awards. Since then he has been working in television, producing and directing documentaries and factual entertainment programmes for many terrestrial and international broadcasters. His more notable work includes Adult Lives: Did you Get His Number? for BBC 2, The Long Weekend: Drugs Uncovered, for Channel 4 and numerous episodes of the flagship series A Place In The Sun for the same channel.

In 2004 he set up his own independent film company, Clevermax Productions Ltd, to work on his own projects. His first independent documentary film about the notorious British human rights activist, Peter Tatchell, Peter Tatchell: Just Who Does He Thing He Is? was shown at The 2004 Commonwealth Film Festival in Manchester along with screenings at Cardiff and many lesbian & gay film festivals including London, Lisbon and Zagreb. Subsequently the film received a broadcast on UK Satellite & Cable TV. His most recent film is a comedy-drama shot on hi-def, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way to The Funeral. Max wrote, produced & directed this latest venture into the independent film market and he plans to take it to many international film festivals throughout 2006, and serves as a calling card for raising finance for future feature film production.

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TONY DE GRASSE – AS KEVIN
Comedy has played a big part for Tony hosting many Old Time Music Halls, Hen Nights, Sunday Night At The Secombe variety show and lots of Stand Up Comedian routines on the UK comedy circuit, abroad in Germany and bigger events such as World Aids Day. He has already taken on a number of film roles including The Last Time, a Tooshka Production directed by Andrea Donachie. Tony has been heavily involved in pantomime having staring roles in Robinson Crusoe & Mother Goose and also has worked in fringe theatre in a range of character roles in Lettice and Lovage by David McGillvray; Walter Zerlin Jnr’s Farndale Avenue comedies; David Tristram’s Little Grimley comedies and a staggering eight separate rolls with foreign accents, in the Fringe production of On The Verge or (The Geography of Yearning) by Eric Overmyer.


STEPHEN CHANCE – AS GEORGINA
Stephen’s range of work is extensive in all areas of acting, having over twenty classic plays under his belt including Twelth Night, Dial M For Murder, Hamlet & The Importance of Being Earnest, his great character acting has lead to theatre director, Alan Clements casting him in five of his productions including The Wind in The Willows & A Woman of No Importance. He has embraced musical roles too in The Wizard of Oz & A Christmas Carol, and his work in TV has landed him roles in The Bill for ITV and That’ll Teach ‘Em for Channel Four. More colourful opportunities have seen Stephen lend his voice to a BBC adaptation of Dr Who and parts in BBC drama in The Glittering Prizes & Coming Home. He has more recently landed a role in the up and coming feature film, Stanley Kubrick.

MANDY HOLLIDAY – AS HILLARY
Mandy trained at East 15 Acting School and in her career since has worked extensively in theatre playing a variety of roles from Helene Haniff in 84 Charring Cross Road - which was actually performed in the infamous premises still standing in London’s West End - to Countess Boronski in Simon Brett’s Little Red Riding Hood. Theatrically Mandy is best known for her long standing association with the world famous musical Les Miserables having performed the infamous Madame Thenardier (Inn Keepers Wife) and holds the record for the most appearances in the role. She has also played numerous comedy roles in short films and commercials and most recently has been working with Joel Schumaker’s feature film version of The Phantom of The Opera.


DEAN ARMSTRONG – AS HARRY
Dean’s has invested much of his skill as a travelling showman over the last few years with his sought after character, Mr Bubbles, in schools and children’s theatre. He has performed on National Tours with Cant Play Wont Play, Barefoot in The Park and Huckleberry Fin. Additionally he has taken on TV roles and appearances in Alan Bleasdale’s Jake’s Progrees, Ed V Spencer, & The Good The Bad & The Ugly for BBC2.


ALEXANDER JAMES SIMON - AS WESLEY
AJ trained under the John Mills Scholarship at Mountview Conservatoire for the Performing Arts, and has since co set up the Umoja Theatre Company. His National Tours have included Black Harvest, & Sugar & Spice, with London productions including An Enchanted Land & Coming Up For Air. He has appeared in the feature film Praying For Pay and a drama film for Yorkshire TV – Big Smoke.

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