Men to Watch: Smart Sexy Male Stars on the Rise
As temperatures rise, which ‘boys of summer’ will be heating up our screens? I asked blog fave and rising screenwriter Caitlin McCarthy for her picks.
CAITLIN’S LIST & COMMENTS:
** Anson Mount, star of AMC’s “Hell on Wheels.” YUM YUM YUM. [See autographed photo at right].
** Callum Keith Rennie: Huge in Canada, but not well known in the US. Which is criminal! He was amazing on “Californication” – robbed of an Emmy, actually – and equally hot on “24,” “Battlestar Galactica,” and “The Killing.”
**David Alan Basche, (above, left) who starts filming the 2nd season of “The Exes”.
**Sebastian Koch [see signed photo- below, on the right] – an actor who is HUGE in Germany and becoming very well known in the US. You may remember him from THE LIVES OF OTHERS and BLACK BOOK.
ABOUT SI WALL,
FILM AND TV DIRECTOR
Si Wall is a Filmmaker, TV Director, and a Storyteller. His first two films have seen him compared to Mike Leigh for his approach, and his upcoming projects are attracting big names on both sides of the Atlantic.
Si learned his trade as a Cinematographer and soon found himself becoming more involved in the production side of things. He worked as a director on two documentaries in Eastern Europe with foreign speaking crews and admits that the added challenge of communicating through drawings made it tricky, but it was a challenge he loved.
After scooping up his first award for a short drama, in which William Shatner congratulated him for his storytelling and use of camera, Si jumped into drama and has never looked back. “Documentaries limit your storytelling, as you are dictated to by the facts, but with drama, you get an unbelievable freedom that is yours for the taking and I love this side of drama. The challenge is to surprise your audience.”
THE DINNER PARTY and SPEED DATE have established Si as a Film director with a bright future and he now a spectrum of very different projects that are all at various stages of development, one being the film CONSEQUENCE, which was written and directed by Si Wall and is now in post production with MASIVE Films (a production company that Si formed to allow him added freedom to tackle subjects that others may want to avoid).
CONSEQUENCE is about a young woman who is able to live a day without any consequences for her actions. The film is sometimes comical, touching and moving, and descends into the darkest corners of her mind. The premiere for CONSEQUENCE will be in August 2012 and set to be one of the largest premieres in London.
Si has another project that is close to his heart, which is in development now: RESISTANCE, set during WWII and written by award-winning screenwriter Caitlin McCarthy. RESISTANCE takes place during one of the darkest periods of our history, and is based on real lives and events. “You have a different responsibility to both your audience and your subject with a non-fictional piece.”The wheels are in motion to bring this screenplay to life.
Si takes being a filmmaker very seriously. “We have a brilliant job as we are just storytellers, but when the story is told, it’s there for all to see, to have an opinion on and to talk about and we cannot forget the people we make films for either. We have a responsibility to entertain, to make people feel something, to take them on a journey and hopefully, for just a little while, to let them experience something new. It’s a blessing.”