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Documentary to explore class bias in acting

Actor Awareness founder Tom Stocks (right) with Maxine Peake Actor Awareness founder Tom Stocks (right) with Maxine Peake
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A new documentary film will explore class inequality in the acting profession.

The Acting Class is the third documentary from directors Mike Wayne and Deirdre O’Neill, who teach film and television at Brunel University.

It will follow actor Tom Stocks, who set up the Actor Awareness campaign to challenge the lack of opportunities for working-class actors after he was unable to afford fees for drama school.

Among those who will feature in the documentary are former Arts Council England chair Peter Bazalgette, as well as actors Christopher Eccleston, Maxine Peake and Julie Hesmondhalgh.

Previous films by Wayne and O’Neill include Listen to Venezuela, for which they spent a year living in Venezuela, and The Condition of the Working Class, which follows a group of working-class people from Manchester and Salford as they create a piece of theatre from scratch.

The film-makers have launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the film’s completion. It is hoped the money will also help them host screenings of the film.