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Cast

Rhys Ifans

DYLAN THOMAS

Most recently starred opposite Keira Knightley and Greg Kinnear in director Philippa Lowthorpe’s historical comedy Misbehviour. He also plays Rasputin opposite actors Daniel Bruhl, Gemma Arterton, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ralph Fiennes, and Stanley Tucci in writer/director Matthew Vaughn’s action-adventure The King’s Man, the prequel to The Kingsmen film series.

Rhys Ifans was born and raised in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales, the son of teacher parents, Beti Wyn (Davies) and Eirwyn Evans. He was educated in two Welsh language schools – Ysgol Pentrecelyn, where his mother taught, and Ysgol Maes Garmon. During his childhood, Ifans showed an interest in performing and attended youth acting school. He went on to train at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

Ifans made his small screen debut as the host of Welsh children’s TV show, Stwnsh. Various roles in theater and Welsh language television also followed. His breakthrough on the big screen came in the British hit Twin Town, where he acted alongside his younger brother Llyr Ifans. More films success followed, notably as Hugh Grant’s scruffy housemate in Notting Hill. Other projects include Dancing at Lughnasa, Little Nicky, Enduring Love, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I, and The Amazing Spider Man.

John Malkovich

DR. FELTON

Two-time Academy Award nominee John Malkovich most recently starred opposite Jessica Chastain in director Tate Taylor’s crime action thriller Ava. He also starred opposite Travis Fimmel, Kate Beckinsale, Jason Sudeikis, Ken Jeong and Ray Liotta in writer/director Charlie Day’s comedy El Tonto, and he stars opposite Michael Jai White in director Jon Keeyes upcoming action-thriller Red 48.

John Gavin Malkovich was born in Christopher, Illinois, to Joe Anne (Choisser), who owned a local newspaper, and Daniel Leon Malkovich, a state conservation director. His paternal grandparents were Croatian. In 1976, Malkovich joined Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, newly founded by his friend Gary Sinise. After that, it would take seven years before Malkovich would show up in New York and win an Obie in Sam Shepard’s play “True West”. In 1984, Malkovich would appear with Dustin Hoffman in the Broadway revival of “Death of a Salesman”, which would earn him an Emmy when it was made into a made-for-TV movie the next year.

Malkovich’s big-screen debut would be as the blind lodger in Places in the Heart, which earned him an Academy Award Nomination for best supporting actor. Other films would follow, including The Killing Fields and The Glass Menagerie, but he would be well remembered as Vicomte de Valmont in Dangerous Liaisons and starred opposite Nicolas Cage in the action yarn, Con Air directed by Simon West as well as the action thrillers Red and Red 2 opposite Bruce Willis. He would be cast as the psychotic political assassin in Clint Eastwood’s In the Line of Fire for which he would be nominated for both the Academy Award and the Golden Globe. In 1994, Malkovich would portray the sinister Kurtz in the made-for- TV movie Heart of Darkness, taking the story to Africa as it was originally written. Malkovich has periodically returned to Chicago to both act and direct.

Rodrigo Santoro

CARLOS

A world-renown actor who can recently be seen starring alongside Academy Award-winner Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, and Geoffrey Wright in the hit HBO series Westworld. Rodrigo played the male lead in the Hulu series Reprisal, and, more recently he starred opposite Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon Levitt the feature Project Power for Netflix.

He will soon be seen in the Netflix foreign language film Seven Slaves for director Alex Moratto. In 2018, he appeared at Sundance for a film he starred in and produced to critical acclaim titled Un Traductor. His extensive list of credits includes a lead role opposite Benicio Del Toro in Steven Soderbergh’s Che, a lead role in the iconic film Love Actually, Focus, opposite Will Smith and Margot Robbie, 300: Rise of an Empire opposite Eva Green, Rio 2, The Last Stand opposite Forrest Whitaker, What To Expect When You’re Expecting opposite Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez, Hemingway and Gelhorn for HBO opposite Nicole Kidman, The 33 opposite Juliette Binoche about the Chilean minors, Jane Got a Gun opposite Natalie Portman, and the Brazilian film Heleno, chronicling the true-life story of the most notorious and successful Brazilian soccer player, Heleno de Frietas.

Rodrigo was honored to receive the Ischia award for International Contribution at the 2008 Ischia Global Film Festival in Italy. Rodrigo has won a total of eight Best Actor awards, including the first-ever award for Best Actor from the Brazilian Academy of Arts and Film, for his portrayal of a young man forced into a mental institution by his parents in Brainstorm, the critically acclaimed film by director Lais Bodansky.

Romola Garai

CAITLIN THOMAS

Most recently starred opposite actor Thomas Kretschmann in director Michael Samuels’ war drama The Windermere Children. She also wrote and directed the horror/mystery The Amulet, and she’s Karl Marx’s youngest daughter, starring in writer/director Susanna Nicchiarelli’s biographical drama Miss Marx.

Romola Garai is an English actress-writer-director who has worked extensively on film, television and theatre. As an actress she is known for her performances in films such as Atonement (2007), Angel (2007), I Capture the Castle (2003) and Suffragette. On television her work includes her BAFTA nominated performance in The Crimson Petal and the White (2011), The Hour (2012), Born to Kill (2017) and The Miniaturist (2017). As a director, her work includes Scrubber, a short film which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

Tony Hale

BRINNAN

An accomplished American actor and comedian, best known for his role as Gary Walsh, opposite Julia Louie Dreyfus on HBO’s Veep comedy series, for which he won two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor and five nominations. He recently starred opposite Robert Patrick and Nick Stahl in director Vincent Grashaw’s horror/thriller What Josiah Saw, and he recently completed writer/director Scott Abramovitch’s comedy Eat Wheaties!. He will also soon be heard as the voice of Peter in Clifford the Big Red Dog.

His additional feature film credits include The Informant, In My Sleep, The Heat, My Suicide and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip. .He has provided voice-work for The Tale of Despereaux, The Angry Birds Movie, The Angry Birds Movie 2 and Toy Story 4 (as “Forky,” a role he reprised in Forky Asks a Question).

He also created the role of Buster Bluth on the celebrated Arrested Development TV series, which ran for 84 episodes between 2003 and 2019.

Zosia Mamet

PENNY

Best known for playing the role of Shoshanna Shapiro on creator Lena Dunham’s Girls television series. She’s also known for portraying the part of Sasha opposite Julianne Moore, Annette Benning and Mark Ruffalo in writer/director Lisa Cholodenko’s critically acclaimed film The Kids Are All Right. More recently, she had the recurring role of Annie in eight episodes of The Flight Attendant television series.

Her additional feature film credits include Off the Ledge, Cherry, Rhymes with Banana, Sunset Stories, The Last Keepers, Bleeding Heart, Wiener-Dog, Goldbricks in Bloom, Kate Can’t Swim (also as executive producer), The Boy Downstairs, and Under the Silver Lake.

For television, she has appeared in recurring roles on The Unit, United States of Tara, Parenthood, Mad Men, High School USA!, Star vs. the Forces of Evil, and Tales of the City.

FILMMAKERS

Steven Bernstein

WRITER/DIRECTOR

Steven Bernstein (Writer/Director) wrote and directed the award-winning feature film Decoding Annie Parker (U.S. theatrical release Summer 2014), which won Best Actress for Samantha Morton at The Seattle International Film Festival and also won Bernstein The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Feature Film Award at The Hamptons International Film Festival. Bernstein was also nominated for best screenwriter and best director at the Milan Film Festival. Bernstein was a 2013 nominee for The ASC Award for outstanding achievement in Cinematography for his work on Magic City.

Bernstein began his film career as a cinematographer in the United Kingdom shooting award-winning commercials (winning among others the Cannes Golden Lion and the DA&D awards). He went on to shoot many landmark films including the highly acclaimed Like Water For Chocolate and the Oscar-winning Monster. He shot iconic comedies like White Chicks, Half-Baked and Waterboy, but also the early films of Oscar nominee Noah Baumbach and other important independent films. He also specialized in big action material for studios, shooting 2nd Unit on Films like SWAT and Blade, as well as being the principal cinematographer on big studio films like Wesley Snipe’s Murder at 1600. Bernstein has shot nearly 50 films.

More recently Bernstein has become known as a screenwriter. He has had 11 major commissions in the last 6 years, including Last Call (Dominion) about the wild Dylan Thomas, which Bernstein went on to direct. It was shown as a work in progress at the Rio Film Festival where it was called “Oscar worthy” by the major papers there and then won the best actor award for Rhys Ifans at the Tallinn Black Nights festival, again shown as a work in progress. The script is written partly in free-verse and its remarkable quality and poetry attracted the singular cast. Many viewers thought the script was based on the writing of Dylan Thomas, but it’s Mr. Bernstein’s original inventive work.

Bernstein has worked as a judge in literary and film festivals, he lectures widely about film and is also a motivational speaker.

He is also the author of the best-selling book “Film Production” about the process of filmmaking, he writes for various film magazines and he has a new book, Creative Process, coming out at the beginning of 2021.