LIFE On Mars star Dean Andrews left low budget film-makers feeling over the moon after he agreed to appear in their new art house film, Girl Shaped Love Drug, writes Graham Walker.
And in an exclusive video chat – see it here – he says it is important to give something back and help regenerate the British Film Industry.
VIDEO: Press the play button to watch our chat with Dean and highlights from the new film.
The 49-year-old, from Rotherham, will be seen by millions of viewers again tonight acting alongside Sir Derek Jacobi, Anne Reid and Sarah Lancashire in the 9pm BBC1 series Last Tango In Halifax.
It caps an amazing 12 months for the South Yorkshire star who has appeared in other top TV dramas including The Case, United and Marchlands.
But Dean, best known as DS Ray Carling in police sci-fi hit Life On Mars and Ashes To Ashes, says he’s never forgotten the big break given to him by director Ken Loach, who cast the then unknown actor in his 2001 film The Navigators, about a railway maintenance crew.
That’s why he’s jumped at the chance to help Manchester based Fifty Three Degrees North Films with an appearance in Girl Shaped Love Drug, a contemporary urban love story set in one day and filmed in black and white.
It also gave him the chance to work again with the film’s leading man, Sacha Dhawan, who appears with him in Last Tango In Halifax.
Dean’s performance, as the protective father of Sacha’s love interest, played by Rachel Austin, has been described by one critic as ‘nothing short of fantastic’.
And it’s helped to get the film invited to the official selection at the prestigious Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, California, February 28 to March 11.
Dean will attend a screening and take part in a Q&A with writer, director and producer Simon Powell, at the Showroom Cinema, Paternoster Row, Sheffield, on Thursday, at 8.30pm.
He said: “I got a big break through Ken Loach and without him I wouldn’t be sat here, having been in Life On Mars, Ashes to Ashes or Last Tango In Halifax.
“Somebody gave me a chance and helped me. Why shouldn’t I want to do that back?”
* Tickets for the Showroom event are £4, concessions, up to £7.90. Call 0114 275 7727 or buy online atwww.showroomworkstation.org.uk
For more on the film visit its official web site at www.girlshapedlovedrug.com.