Dreamotion Studios and Broken Flames Productions are absolutely delighted to announce; Sam Hollis has been cast in the role of 'Lee Cooper' on the 'Once Upon a Riot' film project. Sam's audition journey was very unique, in that he originally read for the role of 'Justin' when the production was seeking an American actor in the UK. And although that particular role was eventually cast in the United States, Sam wowed the director and producers with his diverse skills and ability, and he was invited to audition for the role of 'Lee'. Which, as you can see, went exceptionally well. Sam's casting story illustrates the audition path may appear to end abruptly, or take you an unexpected detour, but it doesn't necessarily mean your journey towards being part of the project is concluding. Sometimes, the path may twist and turn, or you may be invited to take an alternative route. But the destination, although perhaps different from the original vision, may still be glorious or even exceed the original expectations. In this case, Sam's talent and overall fit for the role resulted in him being cast as 'Lee'. And we are excited to work with him.
Congratulations and welcome to the cast, Sam!
Sincerely and with happy hearts,
Paul James (writer/director), Connie Jo, Ella and Maya (producers).
We would also like to thank the many wonderful and talented actors who submitted and auditioned for this role. We truly wish we had roles for you all. Thank you!
Sam Hollis Official Bio:
Sam trained at ArtsEd, graduating in 2021. He made his professional debut shortly after, playing Demetrius, Tom Snout and Mustardseed in 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream' at Petersfield Shakespeare Festival. He has performed with the company since 2014, including roles as Orlando, As You Like It; Dromio of Ephesus, The Comedy of Errors; Montjoy / Bourbon/ Thomas Grey, Henry V; and Fleance, Macbeth. He will also be appearing as Don John in their 2022 production of 'Much Ado About Nothing' later this summer.
Film credits include: Kemi, directed by Jack Ryder and Skin for Channel 4 Random Acts.
Rehearsed Reading: Writer’s Block, directed by Jake Smith.
Credits whilst training include: White Lies, The Curlew, Love and Information, The Colour of Justice, Romeo and Juliet, Picnic, Uncle Vanya, When Harry Met Sally, You've Got Mail.
He is also a member of National Youth Theatre and recently worked on devising a new piece of writing, Fixed at Park Theatre.
He’s delighted to be playing Lee in Once Upon A Riot.
Dreamotion Studios and Broken Flames Productions are proud and delighted to announce; Luc Clopton has been cast in the role of Randy 'Justin' Miller on the 'Once Upon a Riot' film project. Luc was among 46 actors who made it through to the 'in-person' auditions, which were held in Los Angeles, California. Luc is a proven actor, receiving 'best actor' nominations and wins for his performance in the true story drama, 'From Under The Bridge: When Bullies Become Trolls'. But his comedic abilities were not known to the director and/or the producers. So when Luc delivered an incredibly funny and brilliant performance during the audition process, he naturally impressed everyone in the casting room. His comedic timing was impeccable, and he drew laughs via his dialogue delivery, body language and overall performance.
Luc is an exceptionally talented actor, with a wide range of skills and ability, and we are thrilled he has joined the cast in this essential and important role.
Congratulations and welcome to the cast, Luc! Your talent certainly seems limitless and we are excited to be working with you again.
With sincere pride and joy, Paul James (writer/director), Connie Jo, Ella and Maya (producers).
We would also like to sincerely thank all the talented and funny actors who submitted and auditioned for this role. We sincerely appreciate you all.
Luc Clopton Official Bio:
Luc Clopton is a Los Angeles based talent, performing in television, film, and musical theater. From a young age, he has loved performing, singing in musicals and acting for his family and friends. He began his training at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, studying the likes of Stanislavsky and Meisner, and was cast in two shows while in his first year. While at the PCPA, Luc also earned his first professional lead role as Prince Eric in the production of Disney’s 'The Little Mermaid' (directed by Melissa Rain Anderson). He has recently jumped into the film sector as a performer and has enjoyed swift success in roles such as 'Kyle' in Paul James Houghton's, 'From Under the Bridge' (where he has won 'best actor' awards), 'Young Otto' in Billy Clift’s 'No Goodbyes', and as 'Zane' in Paul Santoni's, 'Because of Mika'. Luc is currently being represented by Jim Keith at The Movement Talent Agency.
Dreamotion Studios and Broken Flames Productions are proud and absolutely elated to announce; Maya Bartley O'Dea has been cast in the role of 'Dawn Jackson' on the 'Once Upon a Riot' film project. Maya's journey to being cast has been something of a 'Cinderella Story'. Meaning, it was perhaps unexpected, full of wonderous surprises and with a fairytale ending. Maya, who is a solid and fabulous producer in her own right, was part of the team responsible for setting up and coordinating the auditions and was never on the initial audition list. But when one actor couldn't make her scheduled audition time, keeping in mind the audition sides and scenes included other auditioning actors, Maya stepped in to read the part of 'Dawn'. And in that moment, she illustrated she had every right to officially audition for the role, if she wanted to do so. And she did. In the next audition weekend, Maya was on the list, and delivered an outstanding performance. Which ultimately secured her a place along side the other talented actors who had made the final call-back list. And with yet another brilliant performance, where Maya showed she fully understood the character and how to portray her, the decision was made. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Congratulations and welcome to the cast, Maya! You are a truly talented actor and undoubtedly earned the right to play the part of 'Dawn'.
With immense pride and jubilation,
Paul James (writer/director), Connie Jo and Ella (producers).
We would also like to sincerely thank all the talented actors who submitted and auditioned for this role. Once again, we feel incredibly fortunate to have seen so many sensational actors. Thank you!
Maya Bartley O'Dea Official Bio:
Maya is a young actor and producer from Yorkshire. She trained with the Stratford East Young Company in 2020-2021. A month after her training she made her professional stage debut back in York - ‘Northern Girls’. This play represented the joys, frustrations, and complexities of northern female identity. She then returned to the Stratford East performing in ‘Maryland’, alongside Anya Chalotra (The Witcher). As well as acting, Maya has been working as a Producer at Broken Flames Productions for the past year. She is Co-Director of the Lucas A. Ferrara Film Fund and leads the development of Broken Flames' upcoming projects including features, documentaries and TV shows. Maya always wanted to produce to help make a change and contribute to showcasing new voices within our industry. Alongside this she teaches acting, singing and dancing to children, hoping to encourage self confidence and enjoyment for the future generations. Maya’s producing and acting world came together on this project - ‘Once Upon A Riot.’ Originally just being a producer on the film, she is now also playing the role of ‘Dawn’. This is Maya’s first on-screen role and she is so excited to be on board. She is thrilled to be part of a project that is supporting and showcasing new talent like herself.
Dreamotion Studios and Broken Flames Productions are proud and ecstatic to announce; Cian Lorcan has been cast in the role of 'Delvin O'Doherty' on the 'Once Upon a Riot' film project. He made it crystal clear how passionate he was about the story, character and project throughout his audition journey, which included outstanding solo and collaborative performances. Cian immediately displayed a desire to learn as much as he could about the story, perhaps even relating to certain aspects, and he made sure to ask questions in order to develop his portrayal of the character as he progressed with call-backs. Cian is, without a doubt, an incredibly talented actor. But he's also a genuine and delightful person, who befriended our visiting American actor and showed him around London during the cast meetings. Cian is absolutely an actor you want to be around and work with. And we are honored he has joined the cast.
Congratulations and welcome to the cast, Cian! You have already embodied the essence of the character within your acting soul, and we are excited to see you develop it further.
We are sincerely thrilled to have you onboard,
Paul James, Connie Jo, Ella and Maya.
We would also like to thank all the talented actors who submitted and auditioned for this role. We saw some incredible portrayals of the character, which were entertaining and captivating in their own right. Thank you!
Cian Lorcan Official Bio:
Cian Lorcan trained classically in Ireland before doing two National Tours of Romeo and Juliet (Romeo) and The Merchant of Venice (Bassanio) with one of Irelands leading Shakespeare companies Cyclone Rep.
Cian proceeded to delve further into the techniques and methods of acting and decided to move to Los Angeles to train in the Stella Adler Academy of Theatre and acting, following in the direction of actor such as Robert De Niro, Salma Hayek, Benicio del Toro and Mark Ruffalo to name a few.
Credits include; Romeo and Juliet- Romeo (Theatre), The Crucible – John Proctor (Theatre), Middletown John Dodge (Theatre), A Dying Dish – Rick Hamley (Short Film) Werewolf Santa – Rupert (Feature Film), The Krampus Calendar – Charlie (Feature Film).
Dreamotion Studios and Broken Flames Productions are proud and delighted to announce; Alexandra Finnie has been cast in the role of 'Zoe Carnell' on the 'Once Upon a Riot' film project. Alex is an incredible actor, with superior emotional range and exceptional timing. Additionally, the instantaneous chemistry she established with her now co-star (Joshua Lewis) during the audition process delivered one of the most moving performances you could possibly hope for. She has been sensational from our very first encounter, making the long journey from Scotland to London multiple times in order to audition and meet the cast, which included braving one of the worst wind storms in UK history. Alex is a splendid person and a brilliant actor and we cannot wait to begin working with her.
Congratulations and welcome to the cast, Alexandra! We look forward to supporting you as you continue to make the character of 'Zoe Carnell' your own.
With sincere appreciation and joy,
Paul James, Connie Jo, Ella and Maya.
We would also like to thank all the wonderful and amazing actors who submitted and auditioned for this role. Your collective talent ensured the audition and casting process on this film was of the highest quality, and we truly wish we had roles for you all. Thank you!
Alexandra Finnie Official Bio:
Alexandra states; “Acting is my passion, something I find true joy in. There is fun and laughter in the art form, but it can have a marvelous impact on others. The fact I can touch people’s hearts through a character I play, gives me purpose.”
Alexandra is a 21 year old actress from Glasgow, Scotland. She began training in 2016 at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland on their short courses programme, before successfully auditioning for the Junior Acting Programme, where she trained for 2 years. During this period, she portrayed Suzie Laing in the 2017 Biopic, ‘Mad to be Normal’ starring David Tennant as R.D. Laing. In 2018, Alexandra was featured in the BBC mini series ‘Ordeal by Innocence’ as Young Kirsten and she was also featured in the 2020 film ‘Our Ladies’ directed by Michael Caton-Jones. Alexandra is a member of the National Youth Theatre after completing the 2019 summer intake course. Alexandra took part in the National Youth Film Academy’s Set Ready course, where she portrayed 'Alexis' in the 2020 short film 'In-sight'. It was for this film that Alexandra won 'Best Supporting Actress in a Short Film' at Fusion North Europe International Film Festival. Most recently, Alexandra wrapped filming on Season 7 of ITV’s 'Shetland'.
Dreamotion Studios and Broken Flames Productions are proud and excited to announce; Joshua Lewis has been cast in the role of 'Jack Castle' on the 'Once Upon a Riot' film project. Following an extensive and meticulous audition process, including 4 trips to London, England to secure our UK cast, we selected Joshua for a variety of reasons. It was clear from the initial audition (where miked actors 'perform' sides with each other in front of the camera instead of simply reading lines), Joshua possessed the gift of natural acting ability and raw talent. And the illustration of exceptional talent continued throughout the call-back process, where Joshua ultimately delivered an incredibly powerful and emotional performance with his eventual co-star (more on that soon). Additionally, Joshua's positive attitude and love for the project exposed a truly likeable personality, which has absolutely captivated us all.
Congratulations Joshua! You have absolutely earned the right to be cast in this riveting film, and we are very excited to see you in action as 'Jack Castle'.
Sincerely and with the happiest of hearts,
Paul James, Connie Jo, Ella and Maya.
We would also like to take a moment to praise all the wonderful and amazing actors who submitted and auditioned for this role. Once again, we feel incredibly fortunate to have been in the enviable position to see so many talented actors during the audition process. We wish we had roles for you all but hope to work with you in the future. Thank you!
Joshua Lewis Official Bio:
Joshua Lewis spent his youth attending Jackie Palmer Stage School, which has taught the likes of Eddie Redmayne and James Corden, landing his first supporting role on the ITV series Foyle’s War at the age of 10. Joshua further continued his training at Identity School of Acting in London. Joshua’s credits also include 'What Happened to Evie'; which won 'Best Film Directed by a Female' in Cannes Festival Short Film Corner, New York Film Festival finalist - 'Adolescence' under the direction of Zeb Daemen, and verbatim piece 'Fox Hunting' at the Courtyard Theatre, which received multiple 5 star reviews throughout its run.
See 'From Under The Bridge' at the 'Believe Psychology Film Festival' and be entered to win the chance to be a paid extra on the new film (Once Upon a Riot)...
See the screening of 'From Under The Bridge: When Bullies Become Trolls' at the 'Believe Psychology Film Festival' on Sunday, May 22nd at 3 pm... and win the chance to be a paid 'featured' extra (on camera) on our new film, 'Once Upon a Riot'!
How to enter: Simply buy a ticket here (block 'F' screening - May 22nd, 3pm)... come to the screening (Skiptown Playhouse, 665 North Heliotrope Drive, Los Angeles, California 90004)... post a picture from the event on social media... and tag @pauljamesmovies on Instagram (or email your name and picture to firstname.lastname@example.org) before midnight on May 23rd, 2022 (PST).
Good luck and maybe we will see you on set!
(Must be 18 or older. The drawing will take place on Thursday, May 25th, 2022. The winner will receive an offer to appear in the scene, including an official credit on IMDb. The scene is scheduled to film on July 6th, 2022 in Los Angeles - the winner is responsible for making the 'call-time'... being on-set, on-time. If the winner cannot attend the filming for any reason, the opportunity will be passed on to a runner-up. Please direct any questions to email@example.com)
'From Under The Bridge: When Bullies Become Trolls' screened at the 'Bute Street Festival' on April 9th, 2022 at The Hat Factory (Luton, England) and won a 'BEST SHORT FILM' award. This is especially important to Paul James (writer/director) and Lorraine Ely (costume design)... who were both born and raised in Luton. The costumes are based on Paul's high school uniform (Lealands).
'From Under The Bridge' screens at the Bute Street Festival (click for tickets) in Luton, England on Saturday April 9th at 12 pm. The film opens the programming schedule on the closing day of the festival. Making the trip from California to attend are; Award-winning writer/Director - Paul James and award-winning actor - Luc Clopton ('Kyle' in 'From Under The Bridge' and 'Justin' in the new film project, '1992'). Sincere thanks, appreciation and respect to the Bute Street Festival team for selecting our film to participate in their festival.