Our Danny scoops a Hollywood award

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Calderdale actor and director Daniel Coll has returned from the Los Angeles Indie Film Fest on Cloud Nine!

He picked up best director for a low-budget film version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

“The Tragedy of Macbeth” also won two further gongs with Marek Oravec judged Best Actor for his role as Macbeth and producer Mike Berenger accepted the award for Best Narrative Film.

Danny said he was thrilled with the success of the film on its first outing in the U.S.

“It has been a long, hard slog and incredibly hard work,” he said.

“The entire budget was just £55,000.”

The story was set in 11th century Scotland and filmed in Austria over 15 days in temperatures of -20 degrees.

Danny said the aim was to make Shakespeare accessible to younger people and was set in a period setting with a modern slant and modern music as a soundtrack.

The entire text was kept but much of the poetry stipped out.

“There is absolute clarity in the delivery with period language and a modern feel. That is the trick,” said Daniel.

Around 25 years ago he was involved in a Macbeth production in the U.S. and said there was a huge appetite for Shakespeare over there.

“I was really chuffed for everyone involved in the film which shows what can be done - but we do need funding,” he said.

It was a struggle to gather the funds to produce the low-budget film which also had Oliver Tobias in the cast as The Porter.

But, Daniel, is now more optimistic for the future.

The Hollywood success has helped secure a TV, DVD and distribution for the film in the U.S. but at this stage that doesn’t include cinema release.

And, five more Shakespeare films are in the offing and the target funding for the next “A Midsummer Night Dream” is £2 million.

After partying in glitzy Hollywood Daniel now has his fett back on the ground.

His next role sees him playing Jesus in Godspell at Central Methodist Church, Brighouse, on October 20, 3 pm and 7.30 pm. It is directed by Sinead Brennan. Tickets from brighousemusicgroup@gmail.com or 07761867723.