THE ACTING CLASS
- Director: Deirdre O’Neill, Mike Wayne
- Cast: Tom Stocks, Christopher Eccleston, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Maxine Peake
- Year of Release: 2017
- Running Time: 77mins
- Certificate: E
- Country of Origin: UK
- Language: English
- English Subtitles?: N/A
- Available Formats: DVD
- Summary: This film does not have a classification. If you would like to screen it, please seek local film classification from your local council.
Available to screen from 1 May 2018.
All the world’s a stage. But not all the players are equal.
When Tom Stocks, a young man from Bolton has to turn down a chance to study at the East 15 drama school because he cannot afford the fees, he sets up a campaign to highlight socio-economic exclusion in the arts. Tom is not alone. Actors from working class backgrounds are struggling to get in and get on in an industry stacked against them. Established actors worry about where the next generation of talent from modest backgrounds is going to come from. Christopher Eccleston, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Maxine Peake and Samuel West are among those who feature in this film talking about the barriers to success. And this is an issue not just for those who see their dreams thwarted because they do not have the ‘bank of mom and dad’ to back them. Who gets to be on our stages and screens matters to all of us. Whose stories get told, what images we have of ourselves, who we think ‘we’ are, helps shape our identities. And that is political.
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