Thursday, 31 July 2014

#ShoutAboutItThursday - Martin Freeman

Well, folks, it's #ShoutAboutItThursday and today I have decided to shout about the one and only Martin Freeman.
Mr Freeman's star is certainly on the rise - recent successes in Sherlock, The Hobbit and Fargo certainly push from everyone's mind his participation in the disappointing Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy movie that most of us would prefer to forget.

However, whilst Martin's big-screen/TV series performances are certainly worthy of praise, I'd like to focus on his fantastic performances in two short films, for both of which I understand he provided his services free-of-charge (Martin, if you're reading this, please confirm).

HIV The Musical
A hidden gem, directed by Joe Patrick and Tim Woodall - click on the image below and it will take you to the short on YouTube. Just sit back and enjoy!

The Voorman Problem
This is a simply brilliant short film by Mark Gill, with Martin acting opposite a suitably loony Tom Hollander - watch the trailer (the link is below) - you'll need to pay to download the entire film, but I suggest it is worth the couple of English pounds you'll need to pay (other currencies can, of course, be used). It was nominated for an Oscar for best short film this year, and should have won!

Click here to access The Voorman Problem website and trailer