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Stephan Genovese - 'John Venonesser'. Also Writer and Exec. Producer
From a very early age, Stephan Genovese always wanted to be an actor, and was influenced by films such as Star Wars, Rocky, and the Beverley Hills cop and ended up being the only boy to take drama during his GCE’s at secondary school. (Achieving an “A” grade in case you were wondering)!
Due to work circumstances, he was not able to pursue his acting career and instead went into the music industry as a band manager and also radio presenting before slowly getting back into acting, taking on a few smaller roles. To supplement his income, Steph did lots of background extra work until around 2007 where he began to get back into films more seriously taking his first lead role in an indie film called Double Top. This was quickly added to and before long, he had taken on a multitude of smaller roles, as well as being involved in some big brand adverts right up until 2013 where he finally got a break and acted along side Stanley Tucci and Sir Michael Gambon in Sky Atlantic’s Fortitude playing the part of a Norwegian miner called Jurgen.
During late 2013, not being content with taking supporting roles and being an extra, he began to pen the Dishonoured script, and eventually completed the first draft around October 2014. At that time, he felt so strongly of its potential, he decided the time was right to make this movie himself rather than joining the thousands of other scripts that sit on an exec’s desk waiting to be read. At this point, the Holbeach Film Co. & CorShan Productions we created and Steph began the search for local cast and crew to make this movie a reality, which brings us to where we are today. Steph is playing the lead role as war veteran John Venonesser in Dishonoured, on top of executive producing the movie. Even with all this, he still finds time to head back and forth to London to work on the brand new Huntsman movie where Steph is a double for one of the main actors and is still very actively working as a DJ most Weekends.
Della-Marie Reed - 'Janine Templeman'
Della-Marie is 28 years old and lives in a sleepy Norfolk village with her boyfriend Thomas. She grew up in Cambridgeshire with her mother Mandy and step father Jim. Della-Marie’s Nan and grandad played a huge part in her upbringing and they are all very close.
Della-Marie discovered the world of acting around 4 years ago when she joined a local theatre company to make friends and build her confidence. She started off with small parts in dance troupes and moved upward to speaking and acting parts. She has played Andy in Stepping Out, Aladdin and Cinderella in pantomime and most recently played Frenchie in Grease, among many other parts along the away.
Currently working at a Construction College her work colleagues and friends describe her as crazy with a great sense of humour and big imagination. She can turn any conversation into an excuse to sing. Della-Marie is a big fan of The Big Bang Theory and Disney and she has a growing collection of Disney’s Piglet merchandise and teddies because she really is young at heart.
Steve O'Brien - 'Danny Brice' aka 'The Boss'
Steve, 52, takes great pride in whatever he does and always does his best.
He went to school in Luton and completed basic school went on to do a 2 year course as a bricklayer and general builder. He then went on to travel Europe for 2 years working with timeshare before finally settling down in Stockholm Sweden. He went back to building work, learned the Swedish language fluently and lived there for 16 years.
On returning to the UK, Steve worked as a courier. In 2012 he was selected to take part in a reality documentary called 'Bad Santas'. This aired on Channel 4 and was a great experience. After seeing an ad in the paper looking for local talent, he applied and auditioned for the film Dishonoured and to was delighted to land one of the lead roles.
'I am so excited to be part of this movie and to be part of this awesome team. I am sure we will do lots more together in the future. Many thanks to Steph and all involved in making this happen.'
Michael Barron - 'DS Paul Harrison'
My first role was the US Marine Captain in ‘South Pacific’. Having been asked to join the chorus, I was then asked to play one of the lead characters. Once on stage I was bitten by the acting bug. Even whilst working in insurance in London, my experience grew via a variety of roles. From panto Dame to ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ my love of the stage grew ever more.
Redundancy helped me take the plunge and turn professional performing Shakespeare in ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’ and ‘Henry V’. Coupled with stage roles, TV commercials, pop videos and corporate role plays, it was a very enjoyable time.
Alas, due to the insecurities of the industry and the demands of a mortgage, I returned to full time employment. Early retirement in 2012 meant that I could once again pick up the reins and start acting.
Recently performing as ‘Owen Newitt’ in ‘The Vicar of Dibley’ in Wisbech and Spalding, I then took on the role of a wife beating, abusive husband in ‘Behind Closed Doors’ in Spalding.
Married with 4 children and 3 grandchildren I am hoping that ‘Dishonoured’ will lead to more opportunities.
Lianne Johnson - 'DC Chloe Davis'
Lianne has a flair for the dramatic!
She fell in love with acting at an early age & attended a weekend drama class for several years during primary school. Her passion for the theatre came when while studying drama at senior school they went to the west end & watched a performance of Willie Russell's Blood Brothers. After leaving school acting took a temporary back seat while she trained as a hairdresser gaining her a city & guilds level 3 qualification.
In 1998 Lianne married her childhood sweetheart, Stephen, they have 2 children Kieran & Kara. During this time Lianne rekindled her passion for acting by joining local theatre groups,filling both lead & supporting roles most recently at The Key Studio as Mrs Swabb in Habeas Corpus. She attended a Paul J Lane film acting course in hope of expanding her range,which led to her securing the role of Cindy Storer in CIA Declassified-The Real Zero Dark Thirty which was shown on the Yesterday channel.
Playing D.C. Chloe Davis in Dishonoured is Lianne's first major film role & she is relishing the challenge.
She's hoping to show the world you are never too old to chase your dreams!
Ross Beesley - 'Stevie Kierman'
Born in Bedford, the son of two former Police officers, his parents both moved into the prison service which meant at a young age, Ross and his family moved around a fair bit with his parent's work.
This upbringing also had quite an impact on the career choices of Ross and his siblings, with Ross following in their footsteps of becoming a Police officer where he remains as his full time job.
His involvement with the 'Dishonored' project stemmed from Ross' part time work as a martial arts instructor which had brought him into contact with Writer and Actor Steph Genovese as a former pupil. Having been training for around 15 years in Taekwondo, Steph approached Ross originally as a consultant regarding the fight sequences but, also aware of his character and ability to perform within the class and his work roles, was keen to cast him in front of the camera too.
Although no formal acting experience or training Ross' interest in film came at an early age and remains with an extensive collection of films covering decades of work over every genre.
Paul Denman - 'Director Adams'
Born in London, Paul has spent a substantial portion of his working life in the NHS, originally as a Paramedic in London and subsequently training as a Paediatric Nurse at Great Ormond Street Hospital. He has worked in Neonatal Intensive Care Units in London and Kings Lynn and is also a qualified Health Visitor.
Now retired from the NHS, he has retrained as an Lincolnshire Estate Planning Consultant and runs a successful consultancy.
He had no idea that he could act at all until approached by Dishonoured Writer Steph Genovese to audition for a part in a pilot shoot for another project in 2014.
"I am absolutely delighted to be involved in the Dishonoured movie. The cast and crew are a great bunch of people who have great enthusiasm for this amazing project."
Callum Forman - 'Dave Bryant'
Callum was Born in Boston, Lincolnshire in 1990. As he grew older he knew that he always wanted to be an actor and an entertainer. After putting these aspirations on hold after finishing his Performing Arts course in his late teens, he settled into being a kitchen salesman, and has since climbed the ladder to management level within that business.
Acting was always in the back of Callum's mind, and so when the opportunity to be in a local film came along, he knew it was time to see if he still had 'it'. After landing the role of Dave Bryant, Callum regained his love of acting almost instantly, and owes a great deal to Steph, and the entire Dishonoured team for the direction they have given him.
Elijah Reid - 'TenKo'
From a young age Elijah wanted to be in, and help create a different, fantastical world while telling a story. It probably came from watching too many movies while growing up: Ghostbusters, Karate Kid, Big Trouble in Little China, Back to the Future, Willow, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Labyrinth and other 80’s greats; augmented with his overactive imagination!
Heavily into martial arts while growing, up he realised that to kick ass on-screen would be fantastic, so saved up his pennies and smegged off to the Far East for 3 years to learn more fighting disciplines. As a favour for a friend, he took on a supporting artist role (extra) in a film whilst in China, and was scouted while on set for a kung fu movie to be shot in Beijing. Taking it as a sign and, now back in the UK, he’s focused on making his boyhood dream a reality.
Elijah has co-starred in pilot ‘Selwyn: The Lost Prince of Avalon’ and ‘The Organiser.’ He has had many extra roles in various large franchise movies set to release in 2015, and has had lead roles in various web series and short films, even speaking Chinese Mandarin in one!
Natasha Belokon - 'Cafe Owner'
Natasha is a 35 year old semi-professional singer who has been singing in holiday camps and pubs all over the country for the last 20 years, winning some awards for her performances.
She currently lives in Holbeach with her 2 amazing boys aged 9 and 14.
She studied Performing Arts at college and loves the thrill of performing both on stage and in films. Natasha has now got more of an acting bug and hopes to pursue more roles in the future.
Stephanie Ferguson - 'Vikki Brice'
Hi, I'm steph and the acting bug caught me at school. I absolutely loved drama and was good at it according to my old school reports. I loved school plays and performing on stage.
Unfortunately I was not in a position to pursue drama school so got a full time job, eventually got married and had 4 children enjoying family life.
I now own a coffee shop in a small market town and I love meeting people and passing the time of day with them.
My family has grown now and I was offered an opportunity of a small part in a short film which I loved.
Then I was very fortunate to be offered this part of Vikki Brice, which I'm so excited about.
I'm really hoping this part will lead to other opportunities in the business.
Guy Tyrrell - 'Andy Jacobs'
Born in 1971 in Swindon Wiltshire guy has moved around a little throughout his life.He spent most of his childhood on the county of Kent but moved away in his late teens to live in Suffolk. After a couple of years he finally settled in Lincolnshire where he met and married his now ex-wife Natasha. They havetwo lovely boys together and still remain friends to this day.
It was Natasha’s friendship with writer, actor and producer Steph Genovese that led Guy to act in Steph’s first outing Rogue Vampire. Guy had never acted before but took to the role with enthusiasm. He was told that when Steph was going to film his next project that he would like the people that helped him with Rogue to come back and join him in his new venture.
As promised, Steph did approach Guy for a role and Guy is also helping with the risk assessments for the filming as he has over fifteen years’ experience in health and safety as a union rep for a well known local factory.Guy currently works for a local glazing firm as a tele-sales supervisor, selling solar energy for domestic homes.
In his own words guy says: “This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in Lincolnshire’s first motion picture. I fully believe that when this hits the public it will raise the profile of its creator and the area considerably and pave the the way to a new local industry with huge untapped local talent; I am so lucky to be a part of it.”
Sarah Frances - 'Debbie'
I've known that I've wanted to be an actress for a very long time and discovered a passion for it at a young age.
I am currently studying performing arts at Cambridge college and am wanting to go on to attend stage school in September 2016. Currently I have auditions in January 2016 so next year is going to be a very exciting time for me.
So far I have been in different amateur theatre productions such as The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Veruca), Hairspray (Ensemble), Grease (Rizzo).
I also study and perform Shakespeare monologues, most recently Macbeth and The Merchant of Venice at college. College also allows me to have various solos here and there from musicals such as Miss Saigon, Edges and Legally Blonde where we do snippets of songs and different ensemble pieces.
I enjoy singing and acting above all else and enjoy going to the theatre regularly. I'm really looking forward to being in Dishonoured as I haven't had as much experience behind the camera.
In the future I would really like to be in film and TV but would also like to do a bit of theatre here and there - I can't imagine doing anything else and am so grateful to have a role in this film as I feel that this is just the beginning of an exciting future!