THE SHORTLIST (DAY 3) The Arcade Fire

It took me a lot of thought to come up with number 3. Honestly, there’s a ton of Film Directors, Actors and various other people I would love to work with!

In the end, I decided to go with The Arcade Fire. Honestly…I’m a big fan! It’s that simple. Although I’m focusing on my acting career right now, I would love to direct a music video for them. I’d love to play a role in one of their music videos as well!

And between you and me… I absolutely adored observing people’s reactions last year when their album, The Suburbs, won the Grammy for Best Album! Many good laughs were had!

Here’s the Music Video for their Title Track…The Suburbs, directed by Spike Jonze (another name that could go on the list!) 


The Shortlist…Day 2 (Xavier Dolan)

Yep…This one’s a hottie!

He’s not just a pretty face though. He’s so much more than that! I don’t know how many people you know who have won 3 prizes at Cannes from the Director’s Fortnight, but I’m pretty sure Xavier is the only one! One of the prizes recognizes his undeniable talent as a screenwriter, another one from the Youth segment and the last one for the CICAE (Confédération internationale des cinémas d’art et d’essai).

And just like with Denis Villeneuve… I’ve actually worked with Xavier in the past as well! I played a small silent role in his upcoming film, Laurence Anyways. Check out the trailer at the link, it looks really interesting! Now… I’m ready for more!

…Oh, by the way, he’s even cuter in person!

Enter…The Shortlist (Day 1)

This week I will be featuring fellow Actors and Film Directors I intend to work with someday. 

The first person on The Shortlist is Québécois Film Director Denis Villeneuve. Actually, come to think of it…We’ve worked together before already! I was an extra for Polytechnique, a heart-wrenching film about the real-life tragic shooting that took place on December 6th at the Polytechnique in 1989. 

It was a real Honor and a Privilege watching him at work!

You might not know him if you’re not Québécois, but Mr. Villeneuve is an extremely talented and sensitive Film Director. His latest film, Incendies, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 2011! I’ve seen it and let me tell you, it was a very well-deserved nomination! I cannot find the words to express just how deeply and powerfully the film moved me. It literally brought me to tears. Some scenes are unbearable. And yet, through it all, Denis masterfully weaves an incredible story inspired by Wajdi Mouawad‘s play. There’s tons of local and foreign talent that was involved in the making of this film as well, and it shows! 

I’ve been following Denis’ career ever since I rented his first Feature Film, Un 32 août sur Terre (August 32nd on Earth). Following his evolution has been a blessing ever since! I highly doubt Denis Villeneuve remembers working with me, but I really want to work with him in the future…This time, as an Actor. I would really love to get involved in the process of crafting a film with him. Hopefully, this time, Denis will remember me…And so will the film-going public!

Hey Mr. Denis Villeneuve…If you’re reading this, all I can say is…Thank you! You’re first on The Shortlist for a very good reason!

Man behind the Rainbow Flag, Matthew John

When did you start working in film and media?

Aged 14, in the BBC soap opera Eastenders, I was the troublesome youth that stole food from a market stall in Albert Square. After that, it was photo-shoots for magazines such as Woman’s Weekly or Take a Break, all the “granny mags”, nothing glamorous. Then I was an extra or given bit parts in various other TV soaps and films. Upon leaving school in Gloucester, I studied Media at the University of West England, Bristol, and then at Abingdon College, Oxford. I was doing as much acting and extras work as I could find, even as a runner (tea boy), or on set design – everything and anything from the BBC’s Casualty to Ridley Scott films. But then, that’s how you work your way into the business.


What is Hedda Gabler?

Hedda Gabler  is my adaptation of Henrik Ibsen Hedda Gabler, and also his directorial debut.

I know it’s a big risk, and I know there will be many Ibsen purists who will criticise us heavily over this. But I believe we’re only doing what Ibsen himself would have done had he been adapting the stage play into a film script.

The famous wild party where Hedda’s former lover, Ejlert Løvberg falls off the waggon and loses his precious manuscript is only reported by other characters in the play, but not shown. Some previous television and film adaptations have shown it. Matthew John’s Hedda not only turns this into a complete scene in itself, but also creates for the first time a proper role for Mademoiselle Diana, the red-headed prostitute with whom Løvberg is involved. Her debut appearance is being created by actress Grace Gray.


This is also the first motion picture production of Hedda Gabler to be shot using high definition and other latest technical production values. Costumes, more lavish than in any previous filmed production, have been especially designed and created for the film and there is a lavish use of many more extras. The heavily Victorian interiors of Maunsel House 2 in Somerset provide a location more lavishly exotic than in any other previous film or television productions.

The cast of up-and-coming young British actors is headed by Hedda star Rita Ramnani. Speaking about her role, often regarded as the female Hamlet, in a recent BBC interview, Rita said she believes the character of Hedda will resonate strongly with today’s audiences.

Who are your role models in life?

My mum and dad.

What was it like partying with the likes of Michael Jackson and Prince Azim of Brunei?

That was an amazing party! Michael was a fantastically nice guy and that was a good party. I got to spend some days with some interesting people, Caprice, Aaron Paul, Jonathan Segal, Marcus Schenkenberg, Hinda Hicks, Elizabeth Shannon.

It was fab.


Is Prince Azim creative? Into films?

He tries to be, but it is obviously difficult for him to follow his desires.

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