I've just finished working with the amazing team at More Films on their recent short film "International Men's Day", written by Rob Thorman and Directed by Ella Jones. It has been an absolute pleasure working with the cast and crew and I cannot wait to see the results of everyone's hardwork. I played Jack in the film described as a fiercely attractive geezer who loves his mates. He’s got a solid job in PR, and a solid income – just no-one to share it with. Jack’s greatest fear is that his promiscuity will mean he’s never seen as boyfriend material – especially when all of his oldest and closest friends have settled down. He’s got a quick temper but a big heart.
In a parallel world where women rule the roost and ‘Masculists’ are written off as angry men burning boxers, a group of downtrodden men are convinced that the only way to rid themselves of their insecurities is to plot a sex strike against their wives…
Dave is a 30-year-old house-husband struggling with disillusion and disappointment in a biased society. A year into raising his baby, not enough stimulation and reading too many glossy magazines has led to Dave feeling unattractive to his wife, pitied by his friends and useless to society. Muscular Jack’s vocal concerns about only being wanted for his impossibly good-looks, combined with Sean’s tactless worries about losing his career and ‘ending up like Dave’, only exacerbate Dave’s anxieties and prevent him from confiding in his oldest friends.
Only when the trio are reunited with their old friend Hector – back from his mid-life gap year to South America and reborn as a furious activist – does Dave rediscover an energy and purpose to his life. Hector convinces the guys that their respective insecurities are all due to the ‘Matriarchal System’; a system so powerful, it can only be taken down by radical action: a war of attrition – a sex strike!
International Men’s Day is inspired by the strong belief of its creators that mainstream entertainment is a powerful way to spread awareness of the numerous inequalities that affect so many different women today. Through flipping our modern world, we primarily hope to entertain people and make them laugh, yet by doing so, make the point that in an equal society, a reversed gender world wouldn’t look quite so different. Burgeoning discussions over the possibility of a ‘4th feminist wave’ demonstrate an appetite for entertainment that engages with these ideas.