The newly-released film Heaven’s Rage is a story of self-discovery: of soul lost and found, and the truth behind everyday appearances. Based on my memoir of the same name, the film explores ‘Burning questions, hidden feelings and pressures to conform’.
It was made by:
Mark Crane, Creative Director (ex Labyrinth and Judge Dredd).
In Part Three of Cy Henty’s interview I asked about his comedy pilots for the BBC, his podcasts and alternative films and the philosophy that sustains him as an innovative actor, writer, artist and comedian.
Leslie: Can you tell us about what happened when ‘Sam and Cy’, your comedy double act with Sam Ball, got taken up by a London agent and ‘went big’?
Cy: We were fortunate enough, through this agent, to end up on The University Tour with Russell Brand. I remember him stripping off at one show and demanding a bottle of Jack Daniels from behind the bar – at another spraying the audience with a fire extinguisher and all of us getting escorted out by security. Continue reading AN ACTOR’S TALE, Part Two→
I asked actor, writer, artist and comedian Cy Henty about his stage career – including touring with Russell Brand and a run at The Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh. Cy has starred in thought-provoking and sometimes scarily-absurdist films, playing the part of a manic gameshow host in a conch codpiece in one, and a policeman with an imperial moustache in another. Behind this, in his personal life, Cy is a people person, an ex-Mental Health Occupational Therapist and a passionate father who likes working in duos.
In a revealing three-part interview, Cy gave a frank account of what it’s like to work as an actor and caring individual in the hectic world of alternative stand-up and horror/comedy. Continue reading AN ACTOR’S TALE, Part One→
Often, when I describe a location in a story, I draw on details of a place I’ve lived or visited. When I do, the images that come up are usually more like impressions from dreams than moments captured in real time. They might be slightly distorted, or blurred and selective, or they might include several locations run together – but I draw from direct experience because that way I can get closer to my subject matter. Continue reading THE POWER OF LOCATION→
I interviewed textile artist Jane Charles, whose quilts have been chosen for major displays at the National Exhibition Centre and around Europe. Jane teaches creative textiles to adults and children and has had several major commissions, including projects for New Bradwell School, Orchard Academy and the giant-sized Wolverton Quilts.
I invited writer and producer Amy Zamarripa Solis to guest blog about the ‘City of Culture’ arts-led type of regeneration seen recently in Margate, Folkestone, Liverpool and Brighton. Amy responded with a piece about the new Eastbourne Devonshire Collective venues where she is a key player. Amy also runs the arts organisation Writing Our Legacy and her own arts management / production company This Too Is Real.
As an author, I know that words are never neutral. They all have their colours. I also know that when you name colours in a story, they stand out. So some characters can be identified by their hair colour or eye colour or a piece of coloured clothing whenever they appear.
Colours give a book energy. They have speed while words have mass. But working with them is similar. Both require attention to detail, careful placing, and may need thinning out or thickening in places.