Saturday, May 10, 2008

Tim Bentinck stars in plastic toys moc-doc


The actor Tim Bentinck - otherwise the 12th Earl of Portland but best known as David Archer in Radio 4's long-running radio soap The Archers - is the star of Wyndham Richardson's latest moc-doc, titled Don - Major Project. Tim plays the ghastly proprietor of "Dorset's 14th biggest import/export business of Chinese plastic toys", such as plastic farm animals, looking to hire a No 2.

I asked Wyndham - who's Duncan Fallowell's godson and director of the Duncan Fallowell movie (see labels) - what Don's all about ...

How did you get hold of Tim?

Tim has a personal website. I sent him a message through that with a link to Duncan's film. I explained this project and he kindly agreed to play the part of Don.

What have you got against plastic farm animals?

On the whole plastic animals are great actually, but not the ones in the film. I still can't believe I managed to find those terrible toys on eBay and had to pay £5 for them, they don't even stand up?! I wanted to play on the issue that there is so much useless rubbish around, yet people are able to make a living on it, or not, as in Don's case.

Is he sending up the Archers role a bit?

I wouldn't say so, no. Tim actually spends most of his time doing voice-over work for television commercials. He can do every accent in the book. We went through loads of different roles, all of which were great fun. Eventually we settled on Dorset which I think worked quite well.

What inspired your movie?

I'm a huge fan of Armando Iannucci who directed The Thick of It in which Tim also stars. I love the confrontations that take place in that series. People are always screwing each other. I wanted Don to get screwed over by someone who didn't even realise he was screwing him.

Was Tim in any way diva-ish? He's a star after all ...

Not for a second. He's a very down-to-earth and friendly bloke. He always offered advice and created a great atmosphere on set.

How goes with your course ... and career ambition ... ?

My course is over, Don was my graduation film. I now hope to concentrate on creating a body of work that can some day hit TV. Me and Duncan will most definitely be doing some more projects so look out for that! Duncan has some ideas up his sleeve which will make very interesting viewing.

Excellent. Keep in touch with Arcati. MAx

Tim Bentinck's website, click here

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Does Madame Arcati have a godson? Of so, what does he do?

Madame Arcati said...

I have a niece who happens to be a cat.

Madame Arcati said...

The cat sleeps, purrs, entertains and opens doors.

Anonymous said...

Duncan knocks spots off Tim

Anonymous said...

Quite amusing, sort of inspired by The Office I guess. Wyndham needs to title his movies properly and sharpen the satire or else TV will not notice. TV doesn't do subtlety.

Anonymous said...

I love Bentinck, so versatile and not nearly as famous as he should be.

Anonymous said...

Prospect's interview with Duncan is so superior to yours Madame. You must feel bitter about that.

drf said...

But in a few places the Prospect interview is unclear because it was edited down from about twice the length. A fuller, clarified version will appear in due course

Duncan Fallowell

Madame Arcati said...

The Prospect interview is great (bit like those Paris Review chit-chats); mine was much more fun. Now, commenter, die.

Anonymous said...

If TB is the Earl of Portland does he live at Welbeck Abbey? It's their official house

Madame Arcati said...

All I know is he lives in Islington. Perhaps he'll write in and tell us.

Anonymous said...

Going round City Hall - rallying cry to Londoners from the new mayor: If it's Brown flush it down; if it's Cameron, gotterdammerung!

Adrianos said...

I love your new Blog title. Very clever of you, or did you obtain help ?

Your `niece` did a tour of her estate this afternoon but got too hot. She`s now under the fan cooling her fanny down.

Anonymous said...

Downfall of the New Labour gods - or some other gods?

Anonymous said...

http://stellapolari.blogspot.com/

Madame Arcati said...

Dear Adrianos, I am delighted to hear about my niece: she must of course watch this kind of weather; you don't want her panting in the rockery.

As for Stella, I like the Polari touch. Why don't you kick off with some sex stories about Spiritualism - you know, the orgies at the Arthur Martha College at Stansted and all those lesbian romps in various churches. It would certainly be a nice contrast to Psychic News which I see has a new editor - she's a musician, perfect editor material. I'll call her The Nance from now on because she sounds like one.

The Nance has replaced Tony Ortzen who used to be a wild young thing, but now is a boring right-wing twat who supported Iraq. Oh I could go on, and frequently do ...