Best Short at the Milan Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
The judging panel selected "Midnight" for its "sense of irony and poeticism" and praised the film's fresh style, saying the director combined "a savvy use of the camera with a more introspective feel".
Have you ever stood in the middle of a hot, sweaty club and wondered what was the story behind the guy at the bar with the slightly crazed expression?
So have we…
Two Minutes after Midnight is a comic exercise in magical realism – with a witty script and a sting in the tale.
John is a rather shy guy. He goes to a hot, sweaty club late on a Saturday night and spots a guy he fancies. He takes his courage into his hands and tries to chat him up at the bar but gets a brutal put-down.
Retreating to the toilets to recover, John meets an Angel (it happens all the time).
The Angel gives him a magic ring and tells him how to use it to get his revenge on the guy at the bar. Think of someone you fancy, turn the ring around your finger three times and you’ll be transformed into that person’s ultimate fantasy figure...
Sounds like fun? It is fun!
Until Two Minutes after Midnight...
John, the leading rôle in Midnight, is played by our new discovery, Andrew Hinton Brown. Andrew graduated from drama school on Thursday, auditioned for us on Saturday and got the rôle on Sunday.
Before auditioning for us, Andrew’s main claim to fame was that his ex-girlfriend was in Big Brother. This was his first proper audition and, since he had only just left drama school, his agent put him up for one of the smaller rôles in the film. But Andrew gave such a blinding performance that we asked him to come back the next day to audition for the rôle of John.
On Sunday, Andrew proved that there was nothing in the rôle that he couldn’t do so we followed our instincts and - despite him being up against a lot of other highly
experienced actors - we gave him the rôle. His performance on film has completely surpassed all our expectations. You’ll be seeing a lot more of Andrew.
Just remember where you saw him first.
Mark Wakeling plays the Angel.
Mark is currently playing the lead in Athol Fugard’s Playland at the Jermyn Street Theatre. His TV work includes a trio of military rôles - Sword of Honour, Band of Brothersand - in a slightly more mythical vein, the Young Parsifal in Tony Palmer’s film, The Search for the Holy Grail.
John the Hunk is played by Adrian Bouchet.
Originally from Zimbabwe, Adrian was a civil engineer and body-builder (brains and brawn) before turning to acting. Adrian’s extensive theatre work ranges from Shakespeare and An Evening with Gary Lineker to touring the world with the Dreamboys. He is the Gigolo in Nine Dead Gay Guys, the new film by Lab Ky Mo which received a huge amount of press attention as "the scandal of the 2002 Cannes Film Festival". American film executives walked out in droves. Obviously a must-see.
Nigel Shipp plays the rôle of Dick.
Nigel has represented his country at Judo and represented Clearasil and Schwartzkopf as a model. He turned from model to actor under the scrutiny of a TV documentary series.
The rôle of Tom is played by Alex King.
Alex is currently playing Ritchie Atkins in the ITV series, Bad Girls.