A film by Emrhys Cooper,
James, a sexy, youthful sought-after instagram star in high-society, and self-proclaimed ‘Trophy Boy’, is dumped by his wealthy live-in benefactor. Now he must learn that the real world is not the facade he’s built for himself on social media. TROPHY BOY is your classic “riches-to-rags” story. It depicts the downward spiral of James - a spoiled, influencer and narcissist, who, based on his social media accounts, appears to have it all. But, just before his 30th birthday, his much older boyfriend, on whom he was financially dependent, breaks up with him. James now must face reality with no work experience and no idea where to start. With his sex-addicted best buddy by his side, James takes a crash course in living and sets out to prove that he doesn’t need anyone to take care of him. He ultimately ends up alienating himself further from reality and comes face-to-face with the bitter fact that if he doesn’t learn to live as an adult in the real world, he’ll never be more than a washed-up, unwanted accessory.
I have been a professional actor for the past 15 years and directing was a natural next step in my career. After witnessing the damage that social media can do to one’s perception of reality, I felt compelled to tell the story of our generation’s obsession with, and addiction to, social media. I also wanted to highlight another area of life that isn’t much talked about: the role of the ‘kept boy’. This is a story that comes from the heart as it reflects some of my own personal experiences of falling into illusion created by social platforms. I believe James’s story is not uncommon; everybody knows a ‘kept’ person. My aim for this film is to highlight that achieving one’s dreams, being responsible for your own actions, and being honest with yourself and others, are ultimately what will make you happy.
BIOGRAPHIES Emrhys Cooper, Story By / Director / James Heathcote ‘Trophy Boy’ marks Emrhys’s directorial debut. Cooper is an English actor based in NYC, he is best known for his role as the male lead Alistair in the original Emmy Nominated, Stylehaul/Amazon series ‘Vanity’. He has appeared in television shows such as ‘Desperate Housewives’, ‘CSI:NY’, ‘Touch’ and ‘Person of Interest’. Film appearances include ‘Mamma Mia’, Stephen Fry’s ‘Bright Young Things’, romantic comedy ‘Walk A Mile In My Pradas’, Indie drama ‘Till We Meet Again’, Sci-Fi ‘Altered Perception’, and ‘Kushuthara: Pattern of Love’. Cooper’s stage credits includes, the National Tour of ‘Fame: The Musical’. West End London, Queen Musical ‘We Will Rock You’. Other notable stage work includes, playing Orlando in Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’ with the Red Earth Theater Company. Cooper also starred in a Los Angeles production of ‘Entertaining Mr Sloane’; - where cooper portrayed the title role. His performance led to rave reviews. Cooper was awarded the Stage Scene LA Award for Best Performance by a Lead Actor, and Cooper also took home Broadway World’s Award for “Person to Watch” and “Best Play”. Next Cooper can be seen in the Frank Sinatra biopic in 2018 called ‘Frank & Ava’ as the iconic actor Montgomery Clift, the lead role Thomas Hutter in the remake of the classic silent horror film ‘Nosferatu’, and the Indie drama ‘The Price for Silence’- all pending release in later 2018. Anthony Johnston, Writer / Andy Anthony Johnston is an actor and writer based in Brooklyn, NY, and a graduate of Vancouver’s Studio 58 Theatre School. His first feature-length screenplay, ‘After Louie’ (which he stars in alongside Alan Cumming), is currently making the festival circuit and has been seen in Tel Aviv (TLVFest), Toronto (Inside Out), San Francisco (Frameline), Los Angeles (OUTFest) and London (BFI Flare). Anthony’s original live performances have been seen in NYC, New Jersey, Edinburgh, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Ottawa - and are praised by The New York Times, The Times of London, Time Out NY, Now Toronto and more. Canadian theater credits include: Alan Strang in ‘Equus’ (The Citadel), Billy in Edward Albee’s ‘The Goat’, or ‘Who Is Sylvia?’ (MTC, Centaur), ‘The Real Thing’ (MTC), ‘Shopping & Fucking’ (Pi/Ruby Slippers), and ‘Leaving Home’ (Soulpepper). Anthony played Ken in The Public Theatre of Maine’s production of ‘Red’, and starred in the world premiere of Josh Conkel’s ‘I Wanna Destroy You’ at Theatre ROW. He is currently adapting his critically acclaimed solo show ‘Revenge of the Popinjay’ for the screen. This piece, centered around his satirical heterophobic alter-ego The Popinjay rapper, has been lauded by the NY Times (“you can-and should-applaud the wildness”) OUT Magazine (“surreally entertaining and delightfully cerebral”) and The Huffington Post (“a modern day American Psycho... with the comedic chops of a 90s Ben Stiller”).
Gerald McCullouch, Mark Irish-American award-winning actor, director, singer and screenwriter. At 16 years old, he was known as a singer at Six Flags Over Georgia, particularly in the Country Western Revue. McCullouch is known for being the recurring guest host of FYE! on E!TV, in addition to the title role in the European tour of Jesus Christ Superstar. He also gained fame for his TV & film work, particularly, as Bobby Dawson on the CBS TV series ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’. Earlier on, he appeared on the original ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’, ‘Chicago Hope’, ‘Melrose Place’ & ‘7th Heaven’. Branching out into directing, McCullouch received critical acclaim for his short film ‘The Moment After’. He has also been seen on other shorts, such as ‘Hungry for Love’. Donal Brophy, Tom Originally from Dublin Ireland, Donal is a graduate of the William Esper Studio. Recent credits include, Punchdrunks ‘Sleep No More’, The Lifetime original movie ‘My Sordid Affair’, the Universal Pictures release ‘Dementia 13’, and CBS ‘Blue Bloods’. Benjamin J Murray, Director of Photography / Producer Benjamin discovered an initial fascination for storytelling at his family’s farm in Upstate New York where he drafted siblings & friends to work on his early films. Just after High School, he spent a year deployed in Search and Rescue, where he honed the strong leadership and team building skills necessary to excel in the film industry. Ben later moved to New York City to attend film school and soon began producing, directing, and filming a wide range of projects. His goal has always been to tell each story as truthfully as possible and to push boundaries into the unexplored. He now embarks on building a new brand and working with others to strengthen theirs, while bringing each story to life. For Ben, no tale is ever too small, and no venture is ever too daunting. Christian Suau, Editor Christian attended the New York Film Academy (NYFA). At NYFA, he crossed paths with British film producer Donald Ranvaud (‘City of God’, ‘Farewell My Concubine’ and ‘The Constant Gardener’), who became his mentor. His apprenticeship with Ranvaud, between 2004 - 2008, resulted in the much-acclaimed documentary ‘Oso Blanco’. Since ‘Oso Blanco’, Suau has been busily working in award-winning commercials and music videos that have garnered millions of YouTube views, ranking them among the Top Fifty Most Viewed Videos. Suau directed ‘Johnny Watson: Functionally Dysfunctional’ for producer Mark Lipsky (‘Beverly Hills Cops’, ‘Coming to America’, ‘Harlem Nights’).He’s currently developing a screenplay for a feature film called ‘#freejack: The Story of Jack & Rosa’. Another project in the works is ‘Arte Para La Tumba’, a documentary, showcasing tattooing in Puerto Rico. Renowned tattoo artists Juan Salgado and Juan “Papito” López will be featured in the film.
Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner 18th of May 2018, 11am Palais Des Festivals, Room G, Level 3
Dances With Films Official Selection Tuesday 12th of June 2018, 5pm TLC Chinese Theatres Emco Entertainment Emrhys Cooper email@example.com 323-334-6751 www.emcoentertainment.com London Flair PR Catherine Lynn Scott firstname.lastname@example.org www.londonflairpr.com RUNTIME: 12:57 mins FORMAT: MOV 16:9 2K CAMERA: Ursa - Mini Pro GENRE: Drama LANGUAGE: English
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