Acting and Performing

At the Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2016, masterclasses brought together leading figures from across the film sector, shedding light on subjects such as acting and performing. A range of industry experts discussed their experiences and methods for injecting life into characters and narratives, alongside the importance of selective casting and collaboration with actors.

Alice Lowe drew crowds to the newly refurbished York Theatre Royal for her sold-out session. With experience acting in modern day classics such as Electricity, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End, together with her work in Sightseers, which she co-wrote, and her independently written films Solitudo and Prevenge, Lowe had a wealth of knowledge to offer the masses. In Bringing a Story to Life, the actor-come-director not only provided thorough insights into how to construct a narrative for the screen, but additionally drew on her acting career to suggest techniques on how to bring both a character and a script to life.

Casting Networks, a professional global service used by agents, actors and directors, took over York St John’s Quad South Hall to give audiences top advice on the importance of casting, the role it plays in cinema and the importance of precise selection. Nicci Topping has cast films including Gorgon City’s Ready For Your Love and the award-winning Chase & Status’s Blind. The seasoned agent reflected upon the process of casting, how to work with agents, and most importantly, how to find fresh new talent from your films.

The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art is a world-renowned training centre for performers, nurturing talent such as Sir Kenneth Branagh, Maxine Peake and Tom Hiddleston. The Head of Film, TV and Radio at RADA, Edward Hicks, filled out one of our York St John venues, to offer valuable insights into how, as a director, make the most of your performers. Hicks examined the actor/executive relationship in depth to advise about how to complete a successful dramatic work.

ASFF 2017 is now open for entries. Find out more:

1. Jim Poyner (2016).