CAST

 

ALEX KING (Michael) studied at the London Studio Centre and SMALL TIME OBSESSION is his feature debut in a lead role. Previous film credits include appearances in THE DOUGHNUT THEORY, FIRST LIPSTICK and THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS, directed by Terry Jones.

SMALL TIME OBSESSION features an ensemble cast of experienced but largely unknown actors and writer/director Piotr Szkopiak believes this works to the film's advantage. "This is a film about a group of friends who have known each other since childhood in a community that most people are not familiar with," he explains. "As a result, I think the lack of any easily recognisable actors helps to make those relationships more believable."

The only time Piotr really wanted to use a known actor was for the character of Mr Page and was fortunate enough to cast Andrew Tiernan, who had recently played the villain in FACE, opposite Robert Carlyle and Ray Winstone. "I always saw SMALL TIME OBSESSION as playing in parallel to films like THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY but only overlapping during the scenes with Mr Page," Piotr explains. "I thought that by using a known actor, this would help contrast the world he inhabited with that of Michael and his friends."

He continues, "To me, SMALL TIME OBSESSION is about naivety in the face of reality, with one aspect being that a lot of people like to play the gangster and think they will never get hurt. I wanted to show just how easily things can get out of hand."

CAST

JULIETTE CATON (Ali) made her acting debut at the age of eleven as Young Eponine in Cameron Mackintosh's musical "Les Miserables". Ten years later, she returned to star in another Cameron Mackintosh musical, "Martin Guerre", but this time as the female lead opposite Iain Glen.

In the time between, she starred in numerous television dramas, including "Shine on Harvey Moon" and "Murder In Mind", and her film roles include playing guardian angel to Wilem Dafoe's Jesus in Martin Scorsese's THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST and Heidi in COURAGE MOUNTAIN with Charlie Sheen.

Before filming SMALL TIME OBSESSION, Juliette had completed lead roles in two major new ITV drama productions; "Monsignor Renard", starring John Thaw, and "Lady Audeley's Secret", starring Steven MacKintosh.

JASON MERRELLS (Chris) has worked extensively in the theatre as both actor and director and is best known for his role as Matt in the BBC's "Casualty". On film Jason has starred in DO NOT DISTURB, alongside William Hurt, and on television has appeared in a number of successful drama series including "Clocking Off", “Cutting It” and “Waterloo Road”.

KIRSTEN PARKER (Jackie) trained at the Welsh College of Music and Drama and has spent most of her early career in the theatre. She made her first television appearance in "In Suspicious Circumstances" for ITV and is now best known for her role as cult leader Ruth in "Coronation Street".

OLIVER YOUNG (Steve) studied at the Birmingham School of Speech and Drama and has appeared in numerous theatre and television productions, including "Bodyguards" for ITV. He also appeared in a number of short films and made his feature debut in THE KILLING ZONE.

RICHARD BANKS (John) is known for his work as a presenter on Virgin Radio and his television work has included appearances on "Game On" and "ThiefTakers". He has written as well as starred in a number of short films and made his feature debut in THE KILLING ZONE.

GEOFF LAWSON (Geordie) was born in Newcastle and is an accomplished television and theatre actor with many years experience. His theatre work includes two West End appearances in "Up On The Roof" and "The Fifteen Streets" and a sell-out tour of the UK and Europe with "The Rocky Horror Picture Show". Television appearances include roles in "Spender", "Harry", "The Detectives", "Grange Hill" and "The Machine Gunners" for the BBC and "Peak Practice" for ITV.

Geoff also appeared in Piotr Szkopiak's short film LET SLEEPING DOGS LIE. SMALL TIME OBSESSION is his feature debut.

GILES WARD (Pope) is an experienced theatre and television actor and has appeared in a number of feature films including FACE, starring Ray Winstone and Robert Carlyle, and ID, directed by Philip Davis. He played his first leading role in THE KILLING ZONE.

JUREK JAROSZ (Mr Korczynski) was born in Poland and studied in Warsaw. His work has included theatre, cabaret, light entertainment and appearances in numerous Polish films. He arrived in England in 1970 and worked in Polish theatre in London. Film appearances since include the role of a Polish officer in COLDITZ.

TERESA NOWAKOWSKA (Mrs Korczynski) began her career with Radio Free Europe and Voice of America before working with the BBC World Service for over twenty years. In that time, she played leading roles in over a hundred radio plays and became a well-known disc jockey in a weekly programme broadcast to then communist Poland.

In her work for Polish theatre in London, she is best known for her cabaret role as Auntie Albina, a stereotypical Polish housewife now exiled in England. The scripts were mainly written by her brother, Richard Kiersnowski, one of Poland's leading erstwhile poets.

ANDREW TIERNAN (Mr Page) has appeared in a number of feature films, including FACE, in which he starred opposite Ray Winstone and Robert Carlyle, and has worked with some of the UK's most respected directors, including Derek Jarman, Nic Roeg and Bill Forsyth.

He has also appeared in many of television's most acclaimed dramas such as "Prime Suspect", "Cracker", "ThiefTakers" and "Hornblower".

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