Max Turner is an English Film actor. From an early age ax was determined to become part of the acting world. He loved to London where he was accepted on the the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. During this time he also acted with LiveWire Theatre Company performing in Yorkshire, London and the famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
In 2015, Max was gifted with a scholarship to undertake a year’s conservatory at the New York Film Academy. During that time, Max acted in over 30 short films. Several of these films have been accepted into festivals – NY and France. Since completing the Conservatory Max has finished multiple shorts in NY and the UK, two of which he was the lead.
He has worked closely with the renowned Danny Glover and John C. McKinley in the “The Good Catholic”, which was shot in Bloomington, Indiana, in Fed 16’. Since the premier of the films Max was picked up to star in a concept pilot for a thriller series which will be made particularly for the internet pushing towards such channels as Netflix and/or Hulu.
NY Elite Interview with Max Turner
NY Elite: What are you latest and current movie projects?
Max Turner: Nothing currently, in terms of acting gigs, but I did finish a interesting short late last year called ‘Chronos’. A film with fantastic dialogue and cast. It was all taken in one shot. With a Groundhog day feel. A repetition that heightened the over emotion of the character and of course the direction of the film. I’m very much looking forward to seeing it. Also in my down time, I’m writing.
I also worked with Virgin Atlantic for a corporate video. Great experience being invited to their HQ and given the ability to improvise and use the camera braking the forth wall. That’s some of the most exciting work in my opinion, been given a freedom, which you see in such things as The Office.
NY Elite: Can you tell us about your character in the film?
Max Turner: I played Marty, a teenager part of gang, having a good time on a Friday night. During the takes the overall scene becomes heightened, more aggressive, resulting in a fight breaking out which I was part off. I always enjoy doing fight scenes and working closely with the coordinator to make the most realistic and effective action sequence for the camera and the audience. My small gang of teenagers were a pleasure to work with. We all clicked in our down time which led to a more believable friendship on camera.
NY Elite: What was it like working with the director?
Max Turner: Fantastic. From start to finish. Andre’s vision was so clear, and his energy and positivity leak through into the crew and cast. Brilliant director and I hope to work with him again soon.
NY Elite: In which movies have you played lead role?
Max Turner: There’s been a few. Many of the shorts I haveve shot, I’ve found myself in the role of the protagonist. I was lucky enough to shoot multiple times with the same directors on different films in NYC as i built a strong bond with many of them. Some of maybe favourite leading parts were from film such as, Bullock the Bruiser, Block and Fish Tank. A memorable experience was working on Life After her, and An American Short Story. Both films I helped in a supporting role and both did well International at festivals.
NY Elite: Among all your roles so far, which has been your favorite one and why?
Max Turner: Bullock the Bruiser – Everything about it. Actions, comedy, the writing and the directors vision. Shot in NYC also, the director really wanted to create Guy Richie esq project, so the typical English humour shone through. It was my first film with stunt stand ins, and a serious budget so I felt the pressure. But the outcome was phenomenal, findings it way to many film festivals, and onto IndieFlix. It also has some good reviews to its name.
NY Elite: What do you enjoy most about your acting career?
Max Turner: The risk. Ups and downs. The reward. The places its taken me. Working with new faces and gaining new relationships. Trusting and believing the process, and yourself.
NY Elite: What other hobbies and interests do you have?
Max Turner: Writing and reading. Although I need to do more of it! Improv and comedy, and of course exercise, or more importantly, football!
NY Elite: Are you working on your next project now?
Max Turner: Currently writing a script for a feature film, still very mush in the early stages, but I find it keeps the brain feeling creative.
NY Elite: What personal advice would you give to someone about impressing the directors during audition? How to audition?
Max Turner: Everyone has their own way, but breathe, trust the process, and be spontaneous.
NY Elite: What causes/charities you actively support or feel strongly about?
Max Turner: Anything to do with Mental Health Awareness. This industry is hard and will knock you down repeatedly. Its happened to me multiple times, and still does. If you work hard, it’ll pay off. So keep on getting back up, talk to your family and friends, be honest, and believe.
NY Elite: What are the things in your life that you’re most grateful for?
Max Turner: My family, Vitoria, and the support from those around me.