W.E has now opened in cinemas across the country. Julian appears in this film as a waiter. The film is about the affair between King Edward VIII and American divorcée Wallis Simpson, and a contemporary romance between a married woman and a Russian security guard.
This was Julian’s second role in a feature film last year. The first being Tacho.
Julian recently filmed a trailer for Mal Peets new book ‘Life An Exploded Diagram‘ for Walker Books. This is a brilliant coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of the Cold War and events leading up to the Cuban Missile Crisis. Clem Ackroyd lives with his parents and grandmother in a claustrophobic home too small to accommodate their larger-than-life characters in the bleak Norlfolk countryside. Clem’s life changes irrevocably when he meets Frankie, the daughter of a wealthy farmer, and experiences first love, in all its pain and glory. The story is told in flashback by Clem when he is living and working in New York City as a designer, and moves from the past of his parents and grandmother to his own teenage years. Not only the threat of explosions, but actual ones as well, feature throughout in this latest novel from one of the finest writers working today.
The book is available to buy now from all good book shops and also online.
Julian this week has been working on a new book promotion for Walker Books. Filming finished this week and the advert should be out in the next couple of weeks so watch this space!. The advert was produced by Shoot!.
The main TACHO trailer has now been released. Julian plays a British rally driver in this Czech/German film. The film is released on 2nd December.
Julian is appearing in ‘The Fool’ at the Cock Tavern Theatre, between the 10th-23rd October
As described by Michael Billington in The Guardian, Edward Bond is “one of Britain’s most, shocking, uncompromising playwrights”. Bond was one of the first contemporary British writers to discard theatrical convention, forget pretty sets and a tight structure, rip down the conventional walls of theatre and present stark, truthful drama presenting the human condition. Bond has been writing now for six decades and the Cock Tavern Theatre is celebrating this by presenting a season containing a play from each decade of Bond’s writing career.
Julian is appearing as ‘Bob’ in the production “The Fool” which explores the artist’s place and role within contemporary society, illustrating the unfortunate fate of the artist in unjust surroundings. Focusing on the life of the 19th century, peasant poet John Clare, The Fool reinterprets Clare’s existence, making him advocate in his poetry of the spirit of the rural rebellion against growing industrial capitalism, the failure of this battle fuelling his eventual descent into madness. This is the first revivial since Peter Gill’s original production at the Royal Court Theatre in 1975.
Its a Wrap for english actor Julian! Principle filming finishes on Touch the Rainbow (Dotkni se Duhy). After a month of filming the film it is in the can and its looking like a cracker film. The film is expected to be released in November this year.
After an accident, Alex, a successful Rally racing driver, has to face the fact that he has a brain tumour. It is only thanks to the also ill Lucy that he manages to get a medical card to race in Nitra, where he wants to compete against his greatest rival, the German, Weber, for the last time. Other crews are also focusing their attention on Nitra. The Slovakian Mafioso, Jožo, dreams of a great racing career and calls Jula, the top co-driver in Slovakia, who, fearing for his life, is not competing, due to his involvement in an illegal deal in truffles. Who does the crew of English youngsters want to rob? How can Mafioso Jožo help Alex? What does “100 over dinosaur to left blue” mean and where on earth are those darn truffles??
For more information visit the Touch the Rainbow website.
Julian is principle actor in a number of commercials for Bacardi during December.
Julian has just got back from Los Angeles and is to start filming in a couple of weeks on the TV series ‘The Guide’ in the UK.
Alan Bennett’s 1980 comedy has acquired a sudden topicality with the news that 40,000 households are to be subject to a detailed social survey. For Bennett’s rich and wondrous play is, among many other things, about the way we assume a false identity when under observation. If this sounds unduly solemn, I can only say that Christopher Luscombe’s production, substantially recast since it first appearance at the Palace Watford, had the Bath audience in hysterics.
Bennett’s setting is one of the last back-to-backs in Leeds, occupied by a beleaguered old couple. Connie is a houseproud amnesiac who claims, “I keep that toilet like a palace.” Wilfred, with a steel plate in his head after a hit-and-run accident, is a more tormented soul who cannot wait for the bulldozers to arrive. But when a sexually ambiguous sociologist called “Ms Craig” arrives to monitor the couple’s daily life, everything goes haywire. Their daughter Linda announces she is off to marry a Saudi prince; Wilfred keels over after a brutal attack by a young thug; and the couple’s long-banished gay son is revealed to be in their midst.
The play’s brilliance lies in its mixture of satire and farce. Bennett is clearly attacking the self-consciousness of closely scrutinised behaviour and the transformation of working-class life into a theme-park industry. But his play is also riotously funnny. The highpoint comes in a scene, echoing DH Lawrence’s The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd, in which Wilfred’s supposed corpse is stripped and washed in what a neighbour, Mrs Clegg, calls “the customary manner”. Carol Macready is magnificent as Mrs Clegg, offering a mountainous mixture of fake gentility and voyeuristic curiosity as she eagerly tugs off Wilfred’s trousers. In its ability to combine a social point about bogus traditions with a literary reference, the scene also typifies a play that climaxes with an echo of Proust.
The performances are just about perfect. David Troughton seethes with rage as the abusive, partially paralysed Wilfred, who feels he has been cheated of life. Alison Steadman wisely never patronises Connie but plays her as a simple, kindly woman for whom cleanliness is far superior to godliness. Josie Walker again invests Linda with a vituperative sexiness, while Richard Glaves as the svelte “Ms Craig” has the ambivalent mystery of Ben Jonson’s The Silent Woman. Janet Bird’s design cleverly reminds us that there is a conscious theatricality about this cramped working-class pad destined to end up a museum piece. After its short tour, this joyous production should move lock, stock and barrel into the West End.
Julian has been recently cast as ‘Gregory’ in the Peter Hall companies production of ‘Enjoy’ by Alan Bennett. The production is currently finishing a three week run at the Theatre Royal Bath. The production then tours the country with the next stop being Manchester’s Lowry Theatre between 1st – 6th September.
For the full cast list see: Enjoy West End Cast List