1991

Prague

My first full length feature film, Prague, was shot in the Czech Republic, also stars French actress Sandrine Bonnaire and Swiss actor Bruno Ganz. It was written and directed by a fellow Scot, Ian Sellar, and produced by yet another one, Christopher Young.

I played Alexander Novak, a young Scot (yes, we are everywhere!) who returns to his ancestral home, Prague, to search for a piece of film he knows exists of his grandparents being taken away by the Nazis in World War II. At the film archive, he meets and falls in love with Elena (Bonnaire), then later discovers she is still involved with her boss, Josef (Ganz). A love triangle ensues, with Alexander searching for more than just his past.

The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 1992 and was released soon after. I won the Best Actor award at the Atlantic Film Festival, and was nominated for a Scottish BAFTA Best Film Actor award for my performance.