The US actors’ strike continued throughout October with no resolution but I still managed to get one or two auditions a week for independent features, short films, voice overs and commercials. At the end of October, I was on hold for a commercial. I waited to hear. Nothing. The shoot day arrived. Clearly I hadn’t booked the job but there was no email or phone call to let me know I’d been released. I’m not sure why I am still surprised by this sort of behaviour – there is such a lack of respect for actors and their time in Los Angeles. Then I had a callback for a well-paid commercial shooting back in the UK so I’m waiting to hear if I might be shooting that in November. It could save my year financially!

Other than that, I’ve been volunteering for Food Forward so drove out to Moorpark, CA, to pick clementines and I’ve attended a bunch of screenings as Awards Season is on the horizon resulting in “For Your Consideration” invites coming in thick and fast alongside screenings for upcoming releases. This month I’ve seen:

Foe – Garth Davis
Radical – Christopher Zalla
The Holdovers – Alexander Payne
Fingernails – Christos Nikou
At the Gates – Augustus Meleo Bernstein

Plus the TV documentaries:

Reality – Tina Satter
Telemarketers – Adam Bhala Lough & Sam Lipman-Stern

My favourites of these would be, Radical, and, Telemarketers. For something more light-hearted, The Holdovers, and, Fingernails, are good fun.

But as good as many of these projects are, and even though I don’t think it is as gratifying as some of Martin Scorsese’s other work, I would have to recommend, Killers of the Flower Moon, this month. Scorsese and his editor, Thelma Schoonmaker, are able to hold your interest throughout the 3 hours and 26 minutes of this story. I left the cinema unnerved by the events depicted and wanted to look further into this period of time in Native American history.