Most people know John Altman as a star of the small screen but John has appeared in a number of movies, his first dating back to 1979!
I Am Khama
(currently in pre-production)
It's 1895, Great Britain rules the world. A brilliant and dictatorial African King, in a daring bid to prevent his country from being colonised, rushes to England, wins the people to his cause, blackmails the Colonial Minister and finally storms Windsor castle and confronts Queen Victoria.
On A Prayer
(soon to be released)
Played A Policeman
An ordinary working family man dares reach beyond his grasp. Even if it means risking death at the hands of the drug underworld.
My Lonely Me
(soon to be released)
Reiga, a talented 21 year old is currently at University studying Music, her biggest passion in life. Until events unfurl, hurtling her idyllic life into turmoil, she must visit the past to discover who her parents really were.
Played Wayne Wilson
Wayne Wilson is a promo paparazzi who has gained his reputation by stalking his celebrity subjects. Feted by an editor who needs his skills to increase the circulation of her magazine, he goes on a spree of photographing footballers, models and rock stars, but does not follow his brief. Eleanor, the editor, is not impressed. To get him to make amends, she sends him to photograph the reclusive actress May Hudson, who has not been photographed for years. He soon discovers that he cannot get her picture in the conventional manner as she never leaves her Buckinghamshire mansion.
Played John Vincent (Narration)
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Hell to Pay
Dave Malone (Dave Courtney), a British gangster, is set up by his own brother Larry Malone (Billy Murray) to murder a rival crime boss. Dave avoids the scheme and subsequently the murder charge made against him, whilst planning to eliminate the competition and take over the lucrative London crime trade.
It Could Be You
Played Tony Mantana
'It Could Be You,' is a film about the lives of an Indian Family, living in the UK of today and is narrated through running parallels to highlight the clashes and turning points between the 1st and 2nd generation, with a tongue in cheek humour.
To Die For
Set in London in the early nineties, the film portrays the bitter-sweet lifestyles of a young gay couple in a fiery open relationship. Mark is an acerbic drag queen with a sharp tongue, who finds it difficult to accept his much better-looking partner's highly-promiscuous lifestyle of non-stop clubbing and cruising. Worse still, Mark is HIV positive and his partner is negative.
Both of them are struggling to come to terms with Mark's deteriorating condition. Nowadays, Mark prefers to stay at home when not performing - working on his own panel of embroidery for an AIDS quilt memorial project. Simon however, prefers to turn a blind eye to the situation and continues to cruise London's gay bars at night looking for action.
Mark dies early on in the story and Simon becomes the focus of the story as he buries his feelings and continues his torrid sex life. At first, It seems that he's totally unaffected by his lover's death. But when Mark comes back to haunt him his life suddenly gets a lot more complex! Especially as he's the only one who can see him.
It turns out that Mark has actually come back to help his partner to accept his true feelings and to encourage him to reassess his reckless lifestyle. A lifestyle that he is sure will never bring him the happiness he seeks. Eventually, Mark gets through to him and Simon breaks down and weeps for the very first time.
Mark's work is done and he can leave his one-time lover to move on with his life.
The Higher Mortals
Played Mr. Thomas
Crabbe College is a lesser-known girls' boarding school (described at one point as "a little family school founded in the 1950s by a woman who was potty about poetry") which (like a considerable number of real schools of that ilk at the time, many of which closed) is suffering serious financial problems following the recession. The headmistress, Miss Thorogood (played by Susannah York) announces that some girls "and some boys" from deprived inner city areas will be coming to the school, as part of a plan by the government to help struggling private schools while simultaneously giving it justification for its cutbacks of social services in deprived areas. "The Higher Mortals", while also alluding to the general assumed social position of those already at the school, specifically refers to a secret society founded by some of the girls, based around social elitism and a particular veneration of literature.
Return of the Jedi
Played Rebel Pilot (uncredited)
After rescuing Han Solo from the palace of Jabba the Hutt, the rebels attempt to destroy the second Death Star, while Luke struggles to make Vader shake off of the dark side of the Force
A group of Devonport-based Royal Navy ratings, due to sail to America for a six-month NATO exercise, go out on the town on their last night in port, hitting Plymouth's notorious Union Street district, with violent results
Memoirs of a Survivor
Played Gerald's Courtier
The story takes place in a near-future Britain where society has broken down due to an unspecified disaster. Family units themselves have broken down and survivors band together into loose units for basic survival.
The unnamed narrator ends up with 'custody' of a teenage girl named Emily Cartwright. Emily herself has unspecified trauma in her past that the main character does not probe at. Hugo, an odd mix of cat and dog, comes with Emily. Due to the growing scarcity of resources, the animal is in constant danger of being eaten.
Periodically, the narrator is able, through meditating on a certain wall in her flat, to traverse space and time. Many of these visions are about Emily's sad childhood under the care of her harsh father and distant mother. At the end of the novel, the main character's strange new family breaks through dimensional barriers via the wall, and walks into a much better world.
An American Werewolf in London
Played Assorted Police
Two American college students are on a walking tour of Britain and are attacked by a werewolf. One is killed, the other is mauled. The werewolf is killed but reverts to its human form, and the local townspeople are unwilling to acknowledge its existence. The surviving student begins to have nightmares of hunting on four feet at first but then finds that his friend and other recent victims appear to him, demanding that he commit suicide to release them from their curse, being trapped between worlds because of their unnatural deaths.
Birth of the Beatles
Played George Harrison
John (centre) as George Harrison
An account of The Beatles during the Hamburg years, their signing with Brian Epstein and their inevitable rise during the early sixties.
Director Franc Roddam has brought us an array of young British acting talents who bring back London's nineteen-sixties Mods and Rockers. Set against the soundtrack of The Who's 1973 mighty concept album "Quadrophenia", Phil Daniels plays working-class Jimmy, the drug-induced Mod, who hates his job and is misunderstood by his parents. But by night, he comes alive, with the all-nighters, his pills and his scooter-riding friends. Always on a high, life can't get any better. Then there's the Brighton scooter run, where both Mods and Rockers converge, ending in the battle of the cults on Brighton Beach. What goes up must come down, and with Jimmy's come-down, his life is turned around, and so begins his downward spiral into paranoia and isolation, and the four-faceted mindset: Quadrophenia. With its extremely realistic language, violent overtones and classic sixties soundtrack, this illness is bound to be contagious. Come along for the ride.
The First Great Train Robbery
Played First Pickpocket
In Victorian England, a master criminal makes elaborate plans to steal a shipment of gold from a moving train.