David Leon, star of the Northern Film & Media backed TV drama Vera, has been tipped for future success after being named one of Screen International’s ‘Stars of Tomorrow’.
The Newcastle born actor, writer and director has been recognised as a future filmmaking leader by the trade title after being selected by Stars of Tomorrow compiler Fionnuala Halligan.
Leon is currently developing feature script Orthodox through Northern Film & Media and Film4’s Film4ward mentoring and development partnership. Orthodox tells the story of a Jewish man who has alienated himself from his community by turning to boxing.
Filming is also underway in Newcastle and Gateshead on a 25 minute short based on the feature, also titled Orthodox. Orthodox stars Stephen Graham (This Is England, Snatch, Boardwalk Empire), Michael Smiley (Kill List, Perfume, Luther), Giacomo Mancini (Top Boy) and Chris Fairbank (Pirates of the Caribbean, Auf Wiedersehen Pet). The film is being produce by Feel Films and has received the support of Northern Film & Media’s Production Service.
In 2010, Leon’s short Man and Boy won ‘Best Narrative Short’ at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival.
It is is the second time in as many years that an NFM supported talent has been made the Stars of Tomorrow cut after writer/director Tom Marshall appeared on the list in 2011.