My Octopus Teacher

Chuffed to see this South African documentary making an international splash.

‘I think what’s powerful about the film is the fact that there’s this big South African guy who is telling a deeply intimate story about an animal that is essentially a modified snail. He takes us into this fragile creature’s world and she transforms from an underwater alien into a protagonist that we can really relate to and care about. At a minimum, I think that viewers will make an emotional connection with her, but I really hope that the bigger message that comes through will be an exploration of our own identity and fragility as part of the living planet.’

Pippa Ehrlich, dir. “My Octopus Teacher”

Actors note: Craig Foster (chap in the water) has a native South African accent (of which there are many).

Put a monkey in someone’s stocking this Xmas!

The year of Covid has flown by and Christmas is just around the bend!  If you’re after that unique stocking-filler or fabulous find that elicits the sought after “Wherever did you get this?!”  then check out The Rare Monkey picture books!

“Any children’s book should have the principle target of entertaining its young reader first and foremost, but if that book is able to add a moral to its story, then it becomes the perfect children’s book. The Rare Monkey does both,” – review by BookWorm Mummy.

Optional gift wrap, dedication messages AND signatures by author Joanne Gale and Yours Truly (who did the squiggles) available at The Rare Monkey Book Shop.

Both The Rare Monkey with the Colourful Bottom and The Rare Monkey Can’t, Couldn’t, Can! are self-published and printed in the UK on responsibly sourced paper-stocks – a ‘Rare-ly’ special gift that supports a small, creative business.

Hope to see you at The Rare Monkey Book Shop and wishing you all happiness and health this festive season!

Ethan and my South African English accent

Here I’m playing a doctor in a corporate piece for South Africa – sporting a burly beard and doing my native South African English accent.  The man on the phone at the beginning is doing an Afrikaans accent – the one stereotypically associated with the country.

Go behind-the-scenes on the Barksy website.

Spotlight giveth, and Spotlight taketh away…a lot!

If you’re an actor in the UK, you are a member of Spotlight – “the home of casting”. Sorry Hamlet, ‘not to be’ is not really an option at the moment.

Read Jason Broderick’s article (link below) about this god of UK casting; how it rules the Kingdom and why it’s just not very fair.

He has an interesting solution. Could you come up with something better?