This month, I got back onto a film set with the excellent NewsCheck comedy. As well as being the first time in years I was on a set, it's also the first time in a long time I've been filming in Dublin.
Newscheck is an Irish political satire company, who have a huge repetoire of sketches on their website, which have amassed over a million views. This huge sucess is more than earned, with their anarchic writing more than matched by the caliber of actors they hire, and combined with the top quality production values, make for an excellent product all round.
Without revealing too much, as the project is currently in post production, the sketch I was involved was a send up of the prolonged and largely disastrous negotiating strategy of the UK government to withdraw from the European Union. It was a chance to showcase some accent work, which I don't do often, but the audition required a cockney accent, and I was happy to call upon my years in London to deliver for the project.
Directed by David Atkinson, and featuring a multinational cast including Derek Duberry, Aenne Barr and Valeria Rizzato the shoot was hugely enjoyable and fantastically efficient, with the sketch filmed in half a day. It will be available on NewsCheck's YouTube channel and website, and I'll update here when it's ready.