26 Aug London Live celebrates Martin Kemp & Jonathan Sothcott with a Britflick double bill
by Jacqui Tucker
You might know Martin Kemp best as the bass player in Spandau Ballet, Reggie Kray or even Eastenders’ Steve Owen. But he also has a thriving indie film career, both in front of and behind the camera, and usually with his long time friend and most frequent collaborator, producer Jonathan Sothcott.
Their films are celebrated on London Live from 10pm tonight with a double bill of Age of Kill and Stalker.
The two first joined forces on the short film Karma Magnet, which was directed by Kemp and starred his brother and Adele Silva. They then moved on to the feature length thriller Stalker, starring Colin Salmon and Billy Murray, who would become a permanent fixture in Sothcott’s films.
Kemp cropped up in cameos in two of Sothcott’s less celebrated films: How To Stop Being A Loser and the awful Strippers Vs Werewolves (“he’s still talking to me after that… just!” lamented Sothcott in an interview).
A more fruitful pairing was Top Dog, a hooligan drama starring Vincent Regan, which was released by Universal, and followed by Age of Kill, a fun action movie which saw Kemp return to leading man duties opposite Phil Davis and Dexter Fletcher.
As we enjoy the movies tonight we look forward to their next collaboration… we’re sure it will be cinematic Gold(!)