Fresh from sponsoring last month’s prestigious Screen Awards, Red Rock Entertainment was celebrating more good news at the UK Film Festival,held last week at the Shortwave Cinema in Bermondsey Square, London. UK actor and national treasure Timothy Spall (Mr Turner; The King’s Speech) was honoured with the 2016 Edgeware Outstanding Achievement Award for his performance in the Red Rock Entertainment-produced film, Stanley: A Man of Variety, which made its world premiere at the Festival. Directed by Stephen Cookson, the 83-minute film sees Spall play 16 different parts in a performance to rival Alec Guinness’ legendary eight-character role in the 1949 Ealing comedy Kind Hearts and Coronets.
The festival jury, which included Serena Armitage, who won the 2016 Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film with The Stutterer, UK Film Festival director Murray Woodfield and Edgeware’s chief marketing officer Richard Brandon, called Spall’s performance a “once-in-a-lifetime tour de force”
The black comedy, which was also nominated in the UK Film Festival’s Best Film category, was adapted by Spall and Cookson from an original screenplay by debut writer Falcon Fields. It tells the story of Stanley, a passionate admirer of classic British comedy, who has been sent to prison for a crime he believes he didn’t commit. After years in solitary, the increasingly delusional Stanley begins to talk to his comedy heroes from the past — the likes of gorgeously flamboyant Noel Coward, master-clown of music hall Max Wall and ukulele king George Formby. Spall’s brilliant portrayal of the nightmarish mindscape of Stanley and his 15 comedy companions is at once hilarious and deeply poignant. As a feat of acting, it is also deeply impressive
Cookson said:”Timothy Spall worked really hard on making these characters come to life and we are both thrilled that he has won the award for outstanding achievement for Stanley A Man Of Variety”.
Gary Collins, CEO of Red Rock Entertainment, added: “You don’t often come across a film like Stanley. It’s aonce-in-a-generation project. That made our decision to fully fund the film remarkably easy — we knew from the get-go that it had the makings of a cult classic. Timothy’s not just an actor of huge skill and subtlety, but he’s also genuinely loved and admired. This award is the first of what we expect to be many accolades for a remarkable feat of film.”
The UK Film Festival champions great films, particularly those from filmmakers who may not have had the chance to screen their work. While celebrating the cultural diversity of films made in the UK, the Festival welcomes work from all over the world. In the five years since it was founded, it has already established a reputation for showcasing films that have gone on to win Oscars and BAFTAs.
This latest award for a Red Rock Entertainment production follows hot on the heels of Craig Fairbrass claiming the Best Actor gong at the Marbella International Film Festival in October. Fairbrass was recognised for the protagonist role in London Heistwhere he plays armed robber and career criminal Jack Cregan seeking to discover the truth behind his father’s murder and his stolen heist money.