I grew up in Belgium in the province of Namur until the age of 18. I’ve always know I was born to act. When I was still a little boy I used to make plays for my family, when I was a bit older but still a child I acted to myself scenes of films I had seen. I started taking drama lessons at the age of 16. When I turned 18 I moved to England to learn English and do some more acting. The school I went to was SWADA (Bristol). At the end of this year I got cast in the film shank to play Olivier, a French gay boy who comes to the U.K. At the age of 20 I moved back to my country and went to drama school in Bruxelles (Parallax) where I had vocal training, Stanislavski training… etc. Then at the age of 21 I went to Swada to get the HND acting diploma… and I’m about to start a Jacques Lecoq training in Paris.
Marc Laurent stars in Gay Movie “Shank”
Marc Laurent plays one of the lead roles (Olivier) in the newly released Bristol based, gay film called “Shank”.
“Shank” has won the award for the “Best Director” at the “Miami Film
Festival” and the “Audience Award” at the “Barcelona Film Festival”
Marc grew up in Belgium in the province of Namur until the age of 18. He started taking drama lessons at the age of 16 and when he turned 18 he moved to England to learn English and do some acting. He trained at SWADA (Bristol) and at the end of this year he got cast as he lead role in the film “Shank”.
At the age of 20 he moved back to his country and attended a drama school in Bruelles (Parallax) where he had vocal and Stanislavski training. Then at the age of 21 he went back to Swada to get the HND acting diploma… and is now about to start a Jacques Lecoq training in Paris.
A film written by Darren Flaxstone and Christian Martin
Directed by Simon Pearce.
Worlds collide as the lives of Cal and Olivier intersect in SHANK, a gritty coming of age/rites of passage drama.
Cal, an 18 year old Scally lad and gang member has nothing in his life except drugs, sex, random acts of violence and a secret that he keeps hidden from his mates. An online hook up for sex with a stranger, Scott (36), temporarily satisfies but fails to dampen his unspoken desires for his best mate, Jonno. Nessa, their twisted, foul-mouthed and controlling, de facto gang leader, suspects that there is something going on between them but she can’t put her finger on it. Jonno, putty in Nessa’a hands, can’t express his own deep rooted and unrequited attachment to Cal. Manipulating situations that bring her closer to having her suspicions confirmed, Nessa sets out about dividing loyalties and encouraging conflict.
For no good reason an innocent student, Olivier (19), falls victim to one of her plans and is mugged on her orders by the gang. Cal steps in to restrain them and creates a distraction allowing Olivier to run free. Ignoring Nessa’s screams of contempt, he chases after him and offers him a lift by way of an apology. Fearing that the fall-out from Nessa for his actions will be harsh, Cal persuades Olivier to help him out. Seizing the moral high ground and sensing that there was something more to Cal’s good samaritan act, Olivier allows Cal to stay with him for a few days.
Acting on his own attraction to Cal, Olivier seduces him and in doing so, exposes Cal to new emotions and a tenderness that he has never experienced before. Very soon they are overtaken by the embrace of the first flush of love.
Nessa can’t contain her rage for Cal’s disloyalty to the gang and sets about hunting him down, intent on destroying him once and for all. With her gang in tow and Jonno tightly wound up, she kidnaps Olivier, taunting Cal with video messages via her mobile phone, to come and save his boyfriend.
Arriving at the abandoned factory where they are all waiting for him, Cal squares up to Nessa and Jonno. As the showdown unfolds, Nessa loses all control of events and Jonno explodes in act of sexual aggression that leaves
no one unscathed and everyone traumatized. Shocked by what she has witnessed, Nessa realizes she will now never be able to break the bond between Cal and Olivier.
Marc Laurent plays the character of Olivier:
Olivier is a French student, studying English at a Bristol college. A cheeky and mischievous “out and proud” young gay man, from a wealthy family. He is a handsome, youthful and cocky young man, very much a Casanova within his
gay social circle. Then his life dramatically changes when he falls in love with Call, an 18 year old Scally lad, gang member who is wrapped up in a his life of drugs, and gang violence.
Photos of Marc Laurent are attached.
Productions stills are taken by Christian Martin & Karel polt.
Miscellaneous are taken by myself, Matthew John.
Marc is open for interviews to help promote the movie.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
I would like to make a special thankyou to Matthew John from Olympus Productions Limited. For all the help and support with my acting career, websites, press, contacts, everything. I am extrmely grateful. You are a superstar.
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