Among many of the services that “Game Of Thrones” has done (boosting George R. R. Martin‘s book sales, keeping the fake blood industry alive, etc etc), perhaps the greatest is giving new leases of life to veteran stars. The show’s hugely expansive cast features a host of recognizable faces, but given the series’ enormous popularity, it’s likely that people like Diana Rigg, Stephen Dillane, Iain Glen et al are winning over new generations of fans.
One of the biggest beneficiaries has to be Charles Dance, who plays steely patriarch Tywin Lannister on the series. Dance’s magnetic presence has been seen in major films like “The Jewel In The Crown,” “Alien 3” and “Last Action Hero,” but he’s been giving one of the finest performances of his career as Tywin, and it’s revitalized his career, with roles in big films like “Dracula Untold,” “The Imitation Game” and “Child 44” on the way. And joining them is an intriguing short film that we’re pleased to debut an exclusive trailer for.
In “Retrospective,” Dance plays a veteran photojournalist taken hostage the night before a major exhibition of his work, with Emilia Fox (“The Pianist“), Vincent Regan (“300“) and Omid Djalili (“The Infidel“) also joining him in the cast. It’s directed by Garrick Hamm, who won acclaim with his previous short “The Man Who Married Himself” starring Richard E. Grant, and is shot by “Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes” DP Michael Seresin, so it should look pretty great.
The film premieres tomorrow at LA Shorts Fest tomorrow, and will also be able to be seen at the Rhode Island Film Festival. Take a look at the trailer below, along with the official synopsis, a poster and various stills from the project.
The film follows Jonathan Hoyle (Charles Dance), who has been a war photographer in some of the world’s most troubled places, but it is in London, the night before a retrospective of his life’s work, that he is taken off the street by an armed man. Hoyle is about to learn that his photographs were not without consequences, and whether he survives the night will depend on what exactly he witnessed through his camera’s unflinching eye.