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The Acting Class: Film Screening and Q&A

The Acting Class (2017) 

77 mins

A documentary film by Mike Wayne & Deirdre O'Neill 

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. 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. 

Join Mike Wayne (Professor in Media, Brunel University London) and actor Tom Stocks for a discussion and Q&A. 

About The Filmmakers

Deirdre O'Neill and Mike Wayne are both film educators and writers. The Acting Class is their third feature length documentary. In 2012 they made The Condition of the Working Class. They live in London. 

Watch the trailer: https://vimeo.com/226025988