Winner of the National Feature Doc prize at the Labour International Film Festival 2017.
When Tom Stocks, a young aspiring actor from Bolton, has to turn down the chance to study at drama school because he cannot afford the fee, he sets up a campaign to highlight class exclusion in the arts. Tom is not alone. Actors from working class backgrounds are struggling to get in and get on in an industry where the odds are stacked against them. Established actors worry about where the next generation of talent is going to come from.Christopher Eccleston, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Maxine Peake and Samuel West are among those who feature in this film talking about the barriers to success. And this is an issue not just for those who see their dreams thwarted because they do not have the ‘bank of mom and dad’ to back them. Who gets to be on our stages and screens matters to all of us. Whose stories get told, what images we have of ourselves, who we think ‘we’ are, helps shape our identities. And that is political.