British actor Martin Delaney steps behind the camera to represent the ‘London he feels he lives in’ and gives birth to his directorial debut, ‘Queen’s Mile’, nominated for Best British Short Film at Iris Prize Film Festival
British actor Martin Delaney, currently performing in the BBC series, Josh, took a leap of faith to be the change he wished to see in the world. Leaving his usual actor job, he put himself in the shoes of both a screenwriter and director and gave birth to his first short film, Queen’s Mile, making gay love stories an uncontroversial societal artefact. Queen’s Mile is a heartwarming LGBT story of a young woman’s courage in coping with depression, in her own unique way.
Since he was a kid, Martin Delaney has always been fascinated by the world behind the camera. “It took me a long time before I actually transitioned and started working the other side of the camera, as well as acting. But even since I was a kid, I was always making comedic home-videos,” he explains. As a professional, he co-wrote additional material for the BAFTA & British Comedy Award-nominated The Kevin Bishop Show (2008); and in 2006, he produced the festival favourite, Wrath of Gods, a documentary feature that went on to claim 6 awards internationally.
Queen’s Mile premiered at Bath festival at the end of 2015, supporting Oscar-nominated Trumbo. This year, the short lm has been acclaimed internationally and recently been nominated for Best British Short Film 2016 at the BAFTA qualifying Iris Prize Film Festival. “It’s an honour to be nominated and to have our lm showing at Iris this year. A festival which I consider to be the most important LGBT film festival in the world right now,” the film directionally states.