Written by Jack Holden | 2021 | Theatre
CRUISE is the true story of what should have been Michael Spencer's last night on Earth. Set across one explosive night in Soho in 1988, CRUISE is an uplifting, musical odyssey, which pays tribute to a generation lost to the AIDs crisis, which celebrates the kaleidoscopic characters of a lost Soho, and which encourages us to live every day as if it's our last.
Jack's debut play was filmed and made available on Stream.Theatre before opening at the Duchess Theatre, London on May 17th 2021. It runs until June 13th, with tickets available at cruisetheplay.co.uk.
***** The Telegraph, The Upcoming, A Younger Theatre, Gay Times, BroadwayWorld, Theatre Weekly.
**** The Guardian, iNews, Attitude, The Stage, Whatsonstage.
CRUISE was produced by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment and Lambert Jackson Productions. The streamed production was produced in association with Shoreditch Town Hall.
CRUISE is published by Methuen Drama and is available to purchase, here.
Written and Directed by Fabia Martin | 2021 | Film
Once, Neil Marlow's life was a spontaneous festival of frivolity, friends and funk music. Now, it's one of OAPs, weekly bingo and ready-meals. Neil Marlow (aka The Rev), has chosen a life of the cloth above a life of liberalism and, like so many before him, he is convinced that his sexuality and extroverted personality is incompatible with his religious beliefs. This is the story of that struggle. The struggle of repression and rejection, of the vain attempt to leave a part of himself behind in the belief that he will somehow be happier if he inhibits his true self.
Watersmeet and Needlemouse present a Fabia Martin film, supported by funding from the British Film Institute (BFI). THE REV was filmed in May 2021 and will screen at festivals from late 2021.
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Dir. James Hillier | 2020 | Theatre
'It’s been hot for days and now the air is heavy with the promise of something else. Thick. With something else.'
From her balcony, Marie blasts out the same tune, every day at 11am. On hers, Stella tends to red geraniums bursting with colour and life.
Two tower blocks facing each other. Two women who are looking for something more.
After a chance encounter in a hailstorm, they start to embark on a new relationship conducted from the safety of their balconies. But when a flurry of miscommunication jeopardises their relationship, will they have the courage to make it work in a world that is changing beyond recognition?
Defibrillator in association with the Tristan Bates Theatre presents SUNNYMEAD COURT. Written by Gemma Lawrence, directed by James Hillier, and produced by Jack Holden, SUNNYMEAD COURT played at the Tristan Bates Theatre from September 22nd to October 3rd 2020, to small, socially-distanced audiences, and to audiences at home via live stream. SUNNYMEAD COURT was one of the first shows to open in London after the coronavirus lockdown in March 2020. It was generously supported by Arts Council England, and was nominated for four Off West End Awards.
**** - The Stage, Whatsonstage, The Arts Desk, A Younger Theatre
Dir. Jassa Ahluwalia | 2020 | 16 mins
STEFAN ALLESCH-TAYLOR PRESENTS a watersmeet production 'near' jassa ahluwalia and amy lennox
music by oliver patrice wider, make-up and hair designer beth fletcher, editor Riccardo Bacigalupo
Production DEsigner CAmille Etchart, director of photography matthew j smith
executive producers Stefan Allesch-Taylor, Esther Paterson and Neville Pierce
Executive producer Nick Giles, Produced by Alastair Mavor and Jack Holden
written by Cristian Solimeno, Directed and Produced by Jassa Ahluwalia
Written by Cristian Solimeno, NEAR depicts a young couple sharing fragile moments of intimacy, as they struggle to connect with reality, and each other.
“NEAR is a portrait of intimacy. I hope it draws audiences deep into its delicate heart, prompting reflection on the difficulties of being close to others. A quietly resonant film for all who have ever loved.” - Jassa Ahluwalia. Jassa also stars in the film, alongside Olivier nominee Amy Lennox.
HEART'S EASE, Jassa’s writer-director debut short film, won two Best Film awards during its festival run, and was an official selection at San Diego International Film Festival and the BAFTA-qualifying London Short Film Festival. Bestselling author Anthony Horowitz described it as “an accomplished piece of film-making”
NEAR is produced by Jassa and Watersmeet Productions - consisting of producers Jack Holden and Alastair Mavor. Watersmeet’s first film, BLOOD OUT OF A STONE, received its premiere at BFI Flare 2018 before playing at 6 further international festivals. It was nominated for Best Debut at London’s New Renaissance Film Festival 2018.
NEAR is executive produced by Neville Pierce, Esther Paterson and Stefan Allesch-Taylor - the executive producing team behind HEART'S EASE - and by Nick Giles, who was executive producer on BLOOD OUT OF A STONE.
NEAR will be available to stream soon.
BLOOD OUT OF A STONE
Written and Directed by Ben Allen | 2017 | 14 mins
Written and Directed by Ben Allen, Director of Photography Rory Langdon Down,
Costume Design by Izzet Ers, Makeup Design by Evie Kelleher, Edited by Matteo Fadda, with music by Waterson.
Associate Producer Mehmet Eryılmaz, Executive Producer FletcheR Williams, Executive Producer Nick Giles
Dan and Michael are meeting up for a date with a difference. Michael has set a challenge to test their first impressions of each other. But Dan is out of his comfort zone; he isn't used to dates requiring such vulnerability. Set against the backdrop of Central and East London, BLOOD OUT OF A STONE explores the modern dating scene, gay identity and loneliness. This intimate story of almost connections asks why we sometimes deny ourselves the happy ending we so crave...
BLOOD OUT OF A STONE premiered at BFI Flare 2018, then played at Leeds Queer Film Festival, Inside Out (Toronto LGBT Film Festival), New Renaissance Film Festival, London (Nominated for Best Debut Director), North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Way OUT West Film Fest, Albuquerque, Melbourne Queer Film Festival and Mix Copenhagen LGBTQ Film Festival.