Release

A film by Darren Blackstone and Christian Martin

Daniel Brocklebank

Daniel Brocklebank in Release

In 1995 Daniel's acting career was firmly established when at the age of 15 he was cast as Ralph in the RSC production of Lord of the Flies . He has gone on to star in various TV shows such as Down to Earth (BBC), Born and Bred (BBC), Edd Stone is Dead (BBC 3/Channel 4), Casualty (BBC), The Bill (ITV) and played Ivan Jones in ITV's Emmerdale between the beginning of 2005 to the end of 2006. Other TV credits include: The Crazy World of Captain Llama and Fair City.

His other films include: The Hole starring opposite Keira Knightley and Thora Birch, The Hours opposite Meryl Streep, Another Life opposite Imelda Staunton and Tom Wilkinson, Merlin opposite Sam Neill and Helena Bonham Carter, The Devil's Arithmetic opposite Kirsten Dunst and Brittany Murphy, produced by Dustin Hoffman and The Criminal with Eddie Izzard. He was also awarded the Screen Actor's Guild Award for Best Newcomer for his role opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in the Oscar winning Shakespeare in Love.

He has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company in productions of As You Like It playing Silvius, Chiron inTitus Andronicus, Rowland in The Tamer Tamed and Ralph in Lord of the Flies. His other theatre credits include: Martin Von Heilmann in The Curse of the Werewolf at London's Union Theatre, John Rutherford in Rutherford and Son at Manchester's Royal Exchange, and John Honyman in Cressida, directed by Nicholas Hytner for the Almeida Theatre in London's West End.

Amongst other projects in 2008 he starred in One Night In November, a new play by Alan Pollock directed by Hamish Glenn at the Belgrade Theatre, and in Big Love at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, directed by Selina Cartmell.

In 2009 Brocklebank plays Brother Jasper & Kaisa in His Dark Materials, a co-production between the Birmingham Rep and the West Yorkshire Playhouse directed by Rachel Kavanaugh and Sarah Esdaile.

Also in 2009 Daniel completed filming Release, a gritty, heart renching new British feature film, written by Christian Martin and Darren Flaxstone of FAQ's LTD. He will star in the lead role of Father Jack Gillie. The movie is due out in 2010.

In 2010 Daniel is starring in one of three new dark tales Little Deaths directed by Andrew Parkinson whose previous prodjects include I,Zombie, Dead Creatures and Venus Drowning. He's also just completed Age Of Heros. He plays Sergeant Hamilton, a small role, opposite Danny Dyer and Sean Bean.

Bernie Hodges

Bernie Hodges in Release

Bernie is an established local actor in Bristol.  He has built up an eclectic collection of credits during his career which includes radio, adverts, stage and film & tv work.

He has been a steadfast supporter and collaborator on Bonne Idée Productions where he has not only taken key roles on screen but also been the Casting Director and Drama coach for many of the young cast we work with.  Credits include: Buffering - The Shopkeeper (Mr Ben) (2011)- Darren Flaxstone & Christian Martin, Bonne idée Productions.  release - Max(2010) Darren Flaxstone & Christian Martin, Bonne idée Productions. SHANK - Will(2009) Simon Pearce, Bonne idée Productions. 60 - Darren(2008) Simon Pearce CBA Productions.  Safe Haven - Father (2008) Alex Cheney  Last Option- Graham (2007) Simon Pearce Tomorrow(2007) T A Worsley  The Bittern(2006) Thea Bell  Bernard Nowak - The real ground hog day (2006) James Lawson  and for TV Flog It! - BBC, Edward II, 5th Earl of Berkeley & Edward Jenner (2009) Casualty All you need is love Ep 31- BBC, Drunk business man (2009) Doctors - BBC,Valentine Alexander (2008)

Garry Summers

Garry Summers in Release

Garry is a natural talent as well as a qualified Doctor. After graduating from the Acting Academy, Bristol University Garry was cast in the significant supporting role of Scott in the award winning indie film SHANK. During a year long placement in Australia he has starred in the quirky comedy series ICON AVENUE as well as returning to star alongside Daniel in RELEASE as his love interest Officer Crane.

Wayne Virgo

Wayne Virgo in Release

Still only at the beginning of his career Wayne has two significant films under his belt already, the lead in SHANK and the supporting role of Rook in RELEASE. He is local to Bristol and spends his time honing his acting skills and auditioning.

Darren Flaxstone - Writer/Director/Editor

Darren Flaxstone

Darren is an extremely sought after Film Editor having established himself in Bristol twenty years ago. He has a dramatic visual sense and a passion for story telling which he has brought to over 100 diverse and exciting projects covering factual, drama and natural history.

Having graduated from Bournemouth Film School alongside Christian Martin many years ago it wasn't until 2007 that they both reconnected and the beginnings of a fruitful (late blooming!) and fun creative collaboration was born. Following up their award winning debut feature SHANK with RELEASE they have just completed their 3rd feature BUFFERING (a comedy) which will appear at the opposite end of the spectrum to the previous two films in 2011. RELEASE was Darren's debut feature film as Director. From having worked on massive CGI FX documentary epics as well as with David Attenborough on his Life Series as well as a host of other amazing talented people he describes the 'agony and the ecstasy' of working on his own projects as ultimately one of the most satisfying and personally fulfilling achievements in his career to date.

Christian Martin - Writer/Director/Producer

Christian Martin

Christian Martin has worked professionally in the film industry for nearly 20 years during which time he has developed Studio projects and produced films in the UK, South Africa and the USA working. He has worked with a wide range of actors from Ian Mckellen, Mick Jagger, Clive Owen, Jude Law to Henry Thomas and Teri Hatcher. After moving from London to Bristol he joined forces with former film school friend, Darren Flaxstone to write, direct and produce films. Following the recent award for Best Screenwriting (San Diego April 2010) for their script of SHANK they have both begun work on new projects that are more ambitious creatively and in terms of production size. Together they are currently developing a slate of 6 new projects to film over the next few years. RELEASE was Christian's debut feature film as Director.

Bursting with ideas has never been a problem for Christian, (try shutting him up!) working with someone who can harness them and then seeing them come to fruition across three very different films has been an amazingly satisfying experience coupled with the fact that an audience has embraced them, seen them, bought them and consequently all the films have made their money back!