SOUTH Yorkshire’s own Ashes To Ashes actor Dean Andrews is helping to fly the flag for Britain at the Oscars tonight - he stars in nominated short film, Wish 143, writes digital editor Graham Walker.
It tells the story of a 15-year-old boy with only months to live, who is granted one final wish from a Charity. But instead of visiting Disneyland or meeting Gary Neville, David dreams of spending an hour alone with a naked woman.
And while the focus of tonight’s star-studded ceremony is The King’s Speech, with Colin Firth expected to win Best Actor, the 24-minute long Wish 143 could also put Britain on the map.
VIDEO: Press the play button to watch a clip from Wish 143 and a trailer for all the other Oscar nominated short films.
Dean, currently starring in the hit ITV1 haunted house drama Marchlands, says he wasn’t surprised the short film has been shortlisted for an Academy Award.
“It’s an amazing film, brilliantly directed and with a great cast. I was thrilled to be part of it,’’ said Dean, from Rotherham, now living in Barnsley, most famous for his role as Det Sgt Ray Carling in Life On Mars and sequel Ashes To Ashes.
“Everyone’s talking about the King’s Speech, but it would be great for the British film industry if our little film also won.”
Sam Holland, aged 19, from Bradford, plays the lead role of the dying teenager and he is in Hollywood - hoping to make his real life wish come true, to pick up the Oscar on behalf of the cast and crew.
“It’s just a bit all over my head at the moment. I can’t believe it - it’s surreal,’’ said Sam, who is studying drama at Lancaster University and has appeared in Coronation Street and Waterloo Road.
He made his big screen debut in the short, also starring alongside Jim Carter, Lizzie Roper and Jodie Whittaker .
Wish 143, directed by Ian Barnes and shot in Bristol, was produced as part of BBC Film Network’s BBC Drama Shorts 2009 commission, in conjunction with Lighthouse Arts & Training and BBC Writersroom.
It has already won British Independent Film Festival Best Short Award and Palm Springs FilmFest Audience Award..
In the 83rd Academy Awards 2011 Short Film Live category, the film is up against The Confession, The Crush, God of Love and N Wewe.
* To watch the film on BBC’s iPlayer, click the External Link in the column on the right, or visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/filmnetwork/films/p00bjp8d
Wish 143 and other nominees are also available to download from iTunes.