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Actor wraps up a new career as film producer

Tomm Coles
Tomm Coles

An actor who swapped the stage for film school has completed shooting three short works within a month, ready for a London premiere.

Tomm Coles, 37, who now lives in London, grew up in Staythorpe and went to Highfields School, Newark.

He later studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff.

Tomm has spent the last 15 years working as a stage actor, including roles in Sunny Afternoon, and Mack And Mabel, at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham.

But a long-held ambition to work in film and television led to him returning to study, and he has just completed a year-long course in producing at MetFilm School in Ealing Studios, London.

Instead of making a single graduate film at the end of the course, he opted to do three in different styles.

The films are now in post-production ready for their premiere at the Vue Cinema in Shepherd’s Bush, London, on November 14.

Tomm’s parents, John Coles, of Newark, and Christine Norris, of Long Bennington, will join Tomm in London for the screenings.

Tomm wanted to complete the filming swiftly to be at the wedding of his brother, bodybuilder and gym owner Mark Coles, last weekend.

The three films are called Chaos Toad, The Bullcalf, and Sauna Blue.

"All three are very different and I hope they will appeal to different markets," Tomm said.

Chaos Toad tells the story of Andy, played by Tomm, a full-time carer for his mother, who receives a visit from his childhood imaginary friend.

The Bullcalf is set against the backdrop of a family funeral in the Welsh countryside and tells the story of a girl who realises the full-term baby inside her has died.

Sauna Blue follows a couple who venture to a gay sauna one night to spice up their relationship, only to have it tested in a way neither expected.

Once the films have had their premiere, Tomm plans to take them on the film festival circuit to gain wider attention and promote his film-making skills.

He is hoping to arrange a screening in Newark.


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