The screening will be followed by a Q&A with actor Julie Hesmondhalgh, and directors Mike Wayne and Deirdre O’Neill.
A documentary that deals with the lack of working class representation on our stages and our screens, The Acting Class follows actor Tom Stocks who had to twice turn down a place at the East 15 drama school because he could not afford the fees. Angered by this situation, Tom set up Actor Awareness, a campaign to highlight socio-economic exclusion in the arts. Including interviews with actors Christopher Eccleston, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Maxine Peake, Samuel West and others, this film questions who gets to be on our stages and screens, whose stories get told and why it matters to all of us.
Winner of Best UK Feature at the Labour Film Festival 2017