|Tune in on Tuesday November 6th to catch Laurence as Rick Gekowski in EASTENDERS (BBC1), the British Soap Awards 2012 Best British Soap.|
|Laurence has recently completed filming as Martin Parfitt in BAFTA winning writer PETER MOFFAT's THE VILLAGE, directed by the BAFTA winning ANTONIA BIRD! The first series will air next year on BBC1, and stars JOHN SIMM and MAXINE PEAKE.|
|Laurence is thrilled to have been nominated for the Villain of the Year in the British Soap Awards 2012, for his role as Trevor Waterhouse in DOCTORS (BBC1). You can vote for him here. He's up against the cream of Eastenders, Coronation Street and Hollyoaks, so get voting! Voting closes at 1500 on April 2nd.|
|Huge congratulations to BIG VIEW MEDIA whose gritty and moving film WOUNDED has scooped BEST MICROBUDGET FEATURE at the LONDON INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL and BEST FEATURE FILM at the MARBELLA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. Laurence plays the lead in this compelling story of one man's haunted past and one boy's only hope, set against the backdrop of the war in Afghanistan. The film also stars MARC BAYLIS (Coronation Street), JOHN ALFORD (London's Burning), LES DENNIS (Extras) and PAUL HURSTFIELD (Dead Man's Shoes). Keep an eye out for more exciting Wounded news!|
Laurence is really excited that THE SEASONING HOUSE, written and directed by PAUL HYETT (the Special Effects and Make Up Designer behind The Descent (1&2), Hunger, Centurion, Doomsday, Eden Lake, Harry Brown, London To Brighton, Attack The Block) has been chosen to open this year's prestigious FILM4 FRIGHT FEST and has been officially selected for the Sitges International Film Festival. You can see the trailer here.
|The thriller about homelessness N.F.A. starring PATRICK BALADI (The Office, Bodies, Mistresses) and produced by 104 Films recently played to great acclaim at the Edinburgh Film Festival. See Laurence in action in the trailer here.|
|FRANKIE BOYLE'S TRAMADOL NIGHTS, the Channel 4 comedy series, is out now on DVD. Visit Frankie's site here and see the trailer here. Laurence appeared as a number of characters throughhout the series, including as the Robin Askwith homage, Robin Atkins.|
Heads will rock & roll as DEADTIME hits the cinema screens worldwide. Starring Laurence as lead singer, Zack, it tells the story of rock band Love Meets Murder, locked in a recording studio and struggling to save their career, when a murderous psychopath embarks on a killing spree.
Fans of rock music and gore will love this slasher/horror described by Bizarre as "British, bloody and brutal!" The film also stars LESLIE GRANTHAM, TERRY CHRISTIAN and JOE EGAN (Sherlock Holmes). Check out the trailer here.
In exciting news, it's just been named Best Terror at the Fear Fete Horror Film Festival, and Laurence has been shortlisted for the Best Actor Award!
You can see the trailer for PULP, a comedy about comics, here and read a great piece in SFX about this very funny Britcom, set for release in 2012. The film was officially selected for the SFX Weekender and also played Cannes.
Laurence features as Judge Ed, an opinionated and acerbic radio show host. Amazingly, the trailer, with an exclusive STARS WARS scene, was the most watched YouTube clip in the world during Oscars week 2012!
PULP was a Finalist for Best Feature at Las Vegas Film Festival 2012, officially selected for Chicago's Just For Laughs Film Festival, and was nominated for the London Comedy Film Festival Discovery Award.
Currently in post production is THE QUIET ONE, a thriller, in which Laurence plays wannabe gangster Doulton. The film also stars GEORGE McCLUSKEY (The Zombie King), LOUIS MURRALL (Pulp, Deadtime, Heavy Duty), FORBES KB (Game of Thrones, Harry Brown) and former Super Middleweight World Champion RICHIE WOODHALL.
The multi award winning LAND GOLD WOMEN - INDIA'S NATIONAL FILM AWARD for BEST ENGLISH LANGUAGE FILM, the FCA Purple Orchid Award for BEST FILM at the Asian Festival of First Films in SINGAPORE (plus Best Screenplay), the Royal Reel Award for Excellence in Filmmaking at the 2010 CANADA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - gets a theatrical release across India in December, courtesy of Cinemax and is available worldwide on DVD. After premiering in Dubai, Avantika Hari's powerful debut feature film, which follows the story of a British-Asian family caught between Eastern tradition, Western culture and political turbulence, was officially selected for the BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL,MUMBAI FILM FESTIVAL, the LONDON ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL, Toronto's REELHEART FILM FESTIVAL and for the Indian Panorama section at the INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF GOA.
Throughout July and August 2011 Laurence starred as "neighbour from hell" (according to the TV listings mags) Trevor Waterhouse in the BBC Drama series DOCTORS.
He was part of a cracking storyline that dealt with racism and disenfranchisment and he upset many of the drama's fans by driving the popular MRS TEMBE out of Letherbridge!
|HANDLE WITH CARE, the drama about domestic abuse mixing gritty realism with comedy and fantasy, won Best Short at the ROYAL TELEVISION SOCIETY AWARDS. Developed by young people affected by the issue, it also stars JOSIE LAWRENCE and was featured on ITV Central News and BBC's Newsround. Here's the trailer.|
|THE CASEBOOK OF EDDIE BREWER was Winner of Best Horror or Sci Fi at the Film Festival of Colorado and Best Feature Film at the Shock and Gore Film Festival and has been officially selected for numerous festivals world wide. Click the link for more details!|
Laurence can soon be heard in BEENA & DEV on BBC Radio, alongside NINA WADIA (Eastenders, Goodness Gracious Me), PAL ARON (Stella, Coronation Street, The Bill, Casualty) and SEAN CONNOLLY (N.F.A., Papa's Boy, Rex the Runt).
Watch out on the festival circuit for the poigant short THE HAPPY WANDERER, set in 1982, and written and directed by ALEX KELLY (Vera Drake, Psychoville, Tamara Drewe). Laurence plays the troubled father, Bob.
MAGIC HOUR 2, an anthology of short films by five different directors each with a disability is out now on DVD, produced by 104 Films, the world leaders in disability cinema. Laurence stars in THE VISIT, and LIZ CARR and JOHN ALDERTON put in compelling and beautiful performances in THE BEATEN and FINDING A SKY. It'll be released simultaneously in cinemas across the country on December 3rd - International Day of Disabled People - as part of the National Disability Film Festival. Go and see it!
UGLY AND IN LOVE the short can be seen here. It was officially selected for the FALSTAFF INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, and a distribution deal has been secured with Netflix. Production of the feature version begins this year.
|Click here for the trailer for BLACK BY DAY, a comedy drama described as Jane Eyre meets Shameless, filmed on location at the cobbled Victorian streets of the Black Country Museum. It also stars Big Brother and GMTV favourite ALISON HAMMOND.|
MOMSTER has been officially selected for the CINEMAGIC INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL in Belfast, and will screen at ARTSFEST along with THE LODGER, in which Laurence plays the seedy landlord, Dave, and ARTHUR'S LORE, in which he appears as Lewis, the hardfaced copper. He won't look as cute as his daughter though, who appears at the festival in David King's cultural comedy PHENOMENAL BIRMINGHAM.
MOMSTER, an original take on the subject of containment and abuse, in which Laurence plays the Father, has been selected for the 'Shorts On Walls' section of this year's FLATPACK FESTIVAL ("Innovation is the name of the game in this weird and wonderful little festival, designed for lovers of all that's eclectic, genre-busting and artistic about cinema," Andrea Hubert, The Guardian). It plays on Saturday 14th March at 6.30pm.
Congratulations to Esther May Campbell for winning the 2009 BAFTA for her short film SEPTEMBER. Esther directed Laurence as Andy Statham in DOCTORS (BBC1) and also in BE MINE, as part of the BBC4 Bollywood Shorts season.