October 2014 – Actor | Writer | Director- Chris New

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The release of Weekend marked Chris’ big screen debut. Chris trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and, after graduating in 2006, built up an impressive reputation for his stage and small screen work. He starred opposite Alan Cumming in the 2006 revival of Martin Sherman’s iconic play Bent in London’s West end, only weeks after graduating from RADA, for which he was nominated for the Evening Standard Award for Outstanding Newcomer and the WhatsOnStage Theatregoers’ Choice Award for London Newcomer of the Year. He then went on to work at the National Theatre, under the direction of Sir Richard Eyre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Young Vic, The Royal Exchange and London’s Sadler’s Wells. In 2009 he returned to the West End to star as Joe Orton in the stage adaptation of “Prick Up Your Ears”, and in 2010 made his New York debut leading the company of Peter Nichols’ LIngua Franca which transferred to New York from London’s Finborough Theatre. He has also worked regularly for the BBC in numerous television and Radio Productions.

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LNL Questionnaire:

Your favourite virtue?
Pretence really grates with me, so I’ll nominate clear-eyed Humility.

Your favourite qualities in a man?
A passion (of any sort) and a wicked sense of humour.

Your favourite qualities in a woman?
Exactly as above.

Your main characteristic?
This one is tough…I know what characteristics I would like to be seen to have, but I very much doubt that I have them.  So, I suppose, the answer must be that I always aim to be better.

What draws you most to your friends?
A sense of how strange the world can be and a desire to laugh at it.

 Given the opportunity what would you most like to change?
I’d like to go back in time and tell George Lucas to leave the original  Star Wars films alone.

 Who would you most like to take out for dinner?
If he were still alive it would have to be Christopher Hitchens

Your idea of happiness?
Being really lazy with friends.

 What is your favourite way of spending the day?
I love to travel.  I’ve only recently started to see the world and I feel like it is changing my brain for the better.

Whose life other than yours would you most like to have lived?
Erm…I would have loved to have worked on one of Nelson’s battleships.  That would have been a great adventure…well, maybe for a day.

Where would you most like to live?
New Zealand.  I visited there a couple of years ago and really fell in love with the place.  If I had to stay within the UK then it would either be Edinburgh or the Lake District.

Who is your favourite author?
Jean Genet.  He has more ideas in one page than most writers have in whole books.

Who is your favourite poet?
I’m not too great with poetry, Lament by Thom Gunn has left a lasting impression on me, though.

Your favourite heroes in fiction?
Siddhartha in Hermann Hesse’s novel of the same name.

 Your favourite heroines in fiction?
Maude from Harold and Maude – I know you probably wanted me to say another book but she’s too good to ignore.

Your favourite painters?
L. S. Lowry or Francis Bacon. 

Who is your favourite composer?
John Tavener.  I find his choral works really inspiring and I was very excited to hear that he had recently collaborated with Bjork. 

What is your favourite Film?
I’d have to say Harold and Maude.

Your favourite food?
Anything Thai.

Your favourite drink?
Red wine.

 Who do you most admire?
I have one friend who I really admire – hanging out with her teaches me a lot.

What is your present state of mind?
I’m trying to be focused, but I’m all over the place.

For what fault have you most toleration?
Fear.

Your favourite motto?
“Ever tried.  Ever failed.  No matter.  Try again.  Fail again.  Fail better.”

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