Celebrating British Indie film: James Cosmo

To celebrate British Indie film this month on Film Investing we are taking a look at some British actors, their stories , their opinion on British Indie films and the films they have starred in. Today we are taking a look at Scottish actor, James Cosmo.

Film-Investing_James_cosmoJames Cosmo has been one of the best-loved faces on Scottish Screens for decades; he is renowned for playing tough characters due to his imposing stature. He is best known for his film roles as Angus MacLeod in the 1986 action fantasy film Highlander; as Campbell in the 1995 epic historical drama war film, Braveheart which was nominated forten Academy Awards and won five: five: Best Picture, Best Makeup, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Editing, and Best Director; and as Mr Renton in the 1996 British Crime Comedy drama film, Trainspotting alongside Ewan McGregor and Kevin McKidd. The film was ranked 10th by the British Film Institute in its list of Top 100 films of all time.  It was nominated for three British Academy Awards in 1995, winning the award for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film and Best British Film.

Following on from this Cosmo starred in the 1996 period film, Emma; the 1999 Scottish drama, One More Kiss; the 2001 war drama, To End All Wars; the 2001 action comedy war film, All the Queen’s Men and romantic comedy, Once Upon a Time in the Midlands.

In 2004 Cosmo played Glaucus, the commanding general of the Trojan army in the epic war film, Troy, alongside Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean and Vincent Regan. Troy was the 8th highest film of 2004 and is currently in the top 150 highest grossing films of all time.

Film_Investing_james_cosmoYou will most definitely recognise him as Father Christmas in the adaption of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the witch and the wardrobe in 1995. The film won several awards including: the BeliefNet Film Award for Best Spiritual film; The Movie guide Faith & Values Awards: Most Inspiring Movie of 2005 and Best Family Movie of 2005; and the CAMIE (Character and Morality in Entertainment) Award.

Although a successful Hollywood actor, with parts in some of the biggest shows in America, cosmo’s heart will always be at home. He often returns to the UK to work on small budget British Indie films, when a script catches his eye.

In 2010 Cosmo returned to Scotland from his home in LA to appear in the 2010 Scottish comedy Indie film, Donkeys alongsideMartin Compston and Kate Dickie.

When talking about the Indie film and starring in the 2010 comedy film Donkeys, Cosmo said in an interview

“I really, really enjoy working with new film-makers and people who are a bit more innovative than the mainstream.”

The film became Scotland’s underground hit of the year in 2010.Some of Cosmo’s recent television work includes: the 2010 fantasy adventure series, Merlin; the 2010 American drama, Sons of Archy, and his portrayal of Jeor Mormont, Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, in the acclaimed HBO series Game of Thrones between 2011 and 2013.

It’s great to see such an important and successful actor supporting Independent British Film and shows us that in the world of film, Biggest isn’t always best!

Its very important to the British Independent film industry that they remain just that, independent! That is why today many Independent Films  offer alternative Film Investment opportunities to help them raise the equity needed to finance the film while allowing them to remain independent. Because Independent Films often have a smaller budget they pose less of a risk to investors than that of larger Block Buster films. They do not need to recoup as much money before the film hits break-even point which means investors will see a much earlier return on their investment.

Earlier this year, Cosmo was involved in the filming of the British Indie film, thriller Breakdown in which he appears alongside Craig Fairbrass, Bruce Payne, Emmett Scanlan, Olivia Grant and Tamer Hassan.

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