Shooting has begun in Bristol on Eight Minutes Idle, the second film to be made under iFeatures, South West Screen's groundbreaking micro-budget filmmaking scheme. The first film being In The Dark Half (previously known as The Dark Half) starring Jessica Barden which completed shooting at the end of last year and is now in post-production.
Eight Minutes Idle is a warped urban comedy about life in a Bristol call-centre, directed by BBC New Filmmaker finalist and multi award-winning shorts director Mark Simon Hewis, based upon Matt Thorne's award-winning novel.
An exciting cast of rising British talent is also lined up for Eight Minutes Idle.
Tom Hughes (represented by Gordon & French) stars as Dan Thomas, a man who has always taken the path of least resistance - in his work life, home life and love life. But when Dan finds himself kicked out of the family home, he's faced with no option but to secretly move into the call centre where he works.
Tom, originally from Chester, recently starred as Nick Slade in BBC One's legal drama Silk. He left RADA drama school early to take up a TV role in the 2009 series Trinity on ITV2. He also played Chaz Jenkel in the BAFTA-nominated biopic of punk rocker Ian Dury, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll.
As a youngster, Hughes was a member of Chester’s Jigsaw Music Theatre Company, which he has nothing but praise for.
“Jigsaw was fantastic. I knew from the age of six that I wanted to be an actor but when I got to secondary school (Upton High), I found I was often too young to get the big parts. Jigsaw re-ignited my passion for acting. Matt Baker (the company’s artistic director) just breathes confidence into you. He deserves every amount of praise he gets.”
When Hughes left Jigsaw at 16 he had to travel to Liverpool to join the Everyman Youth Theatre as, by then, Chester Gateway Theatre, and its youth company, had folded.
Ophelia Lovibond plays Dan's unique and determined office colleague Teri, the one person who is possibly worse off than him. As his work/life balance spirals dangerously out of control, Dan is forced to break out of old habits and dare to do something he has never done before - to really care about someone other than himself.
Rounding off the young ensemble are Montserrat Lombard, Jack Ashton and Misfits star Antonia Thomas.
Eight Minutes Idle commenced principal photography on 21 March at a dedicated production set built at The Bottle Yard production space, and other locations across Bristol. Shooting will continue for four weeks.