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Cunning Stunts, A Podcast Series

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David Holmes was a Gymnast and Stunt Performer. He began his Stunt career at the age of 14 on “Lost In Space” and for the following ten years he performed on many productions, including; Prince Of Persia, The Golden Compass and all eight Harry Potter films as the main Harry Potter Stunt Double. David qualified for the Stunt Register when he was 22 years old, then on January 28th 2009, at the age of 25 David was left paralysed after an accident on set whilst rehearsing a stunt.

It’s been over a decade since David’s accident and his love of stunts, the stunt community and movies has never wavered. In this Podcast Series, David hopes to highlight and pay tribute to the amazing work that our Stunt Coordinators and Performers do whilst on set in the name of entertainment.

Produced by David Holmes & Amy Stares
33 Episodes
Marc and David met many years ago and became friends immediately. They trained for the Stunt Register together and share many happy memories. In his interview Marc shares how he became a Stunt Performer and his progression to Head Rigger, then Stunt Coordinator, he also talks about some of the jobs he’s been involved with in more detail, some of the Actors who have impressed him and the job he wished he’d said no to! Marc has an incredible credit list including: The Harry Potter films, Bond, Star Wars, Fantastic Beasts, Pan and Golden Compass to name a few. We hope you enjoy.
Annabel started as a Fashion student and has ended up as a Stunt Performer. Since qualifying Annabel has doubled many leading ladies and performed on some amazing films including Wonder Woman, Game Of Thones, Star Wars and Bond. In her interview Annabel tells us about her journey to becoming a Stunt Performer, what she loves about performing stunts, some stunts she’s performed and some she hopes to perform in the future. We hope you enjoy.
Greg has been involved in the Stunt Industry since 1967. He was introduced to the Industry through his Father, Nosher and Uncle Dinny and in his interview Greg shares some of his memories working alongside them as well as memories and experiences from other jobs since. Greg has an epic credit list including, The Bond Films, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Lord Of The Rings, Hitman’s Bodyguard, Fast and the Furious, Avengers, Superman, Indian Jones and obviously Lost In Space and Harry Potter, which is where David first met Greg and spent many years together on set. We hope you enjoy.
Paul has been performing stunts since the early 90’s and since then has gone on to becoming a successful Stunt Coordinator, his credits include: Bond, Fifth Element, Game Of Thrones, Band Of Brothers, and Johnny English to name a few. In his interview, Paul talks about some of most challenging Stunts he has performed, including his fire jobs and performance on Titanic. He also explains the procedure of being set on fire and how to go about running someone over safely with a tank! We hope you enjoy.
Lewis has been performing stunts for over 10 years and his introduction was performing as a Snatcher on Harry Potter, running through the forest after Dan, Rupert and Emma! Lewis has become a successful stunt performer and has appeared in Game of Thones, Batman, Star Wars, Kingsman and many more. In his interview Lewis tells us of that journey and some of his experiences along the way, we also discuss race within the stunt department and when “blacking up” is necessary for safety. Finally, we also touch on a very emotional time in Lewis’ life, when him and David actually met, when his younger bother Jay was injured. We hope you enjoy. Quick note: There is a little swearing throughout the interview, so I apologise in advance for this.
Kim is most definitely one of our toughest, bravest stunt performers. Kim has worked on many productions over the years, including Star Wars, Wonder Woman, Thor, Gravity, Hot Fuzz and Stardust and has some performed many incredible stunts. In her interview Kim tells us about some of those stunts, including how to approach getting hit by a motorbike and how to ride along on the back of a Bull whilst shooting a gun! We hope you enjoy.
Ian has been performing stunts for over 15 years and unlike many stunt performers he has a background in dance. Ian and David met on Harry Potter and like David he has also doubled for Dan. Ian has an impressive credit list, including Justice League, Attack The Block, Game Of Thrones, Pan and Avengers. In his interview Ian tells us about an accident he had on set, the people that inspired him when growing up and his proudest stunt. We hope you enjoy.
Chloe was World Champion in Free Style Martial Arts and it was this skill, which got her an audition for her first film. Since then, Chloe has gone to have a successful career, including doubling for Zoe Saldana on Guardians of the Galaxy and Daisy Ridley, as Ray in Star Wars, a dream come true. We hope you enjoy.
Brad and David met on the first Harry Potter and share many great memories together. Brad has been involved with Stunts since 1998 and has an extensive credit list, including: Star Wars, Hitman’s Bodyguard, Bond, Batman, Avengers, Game Of Thrones and Band Of Brothers. In his interview Brad shares some of his on set experiences, including, what it was like doing a naked stair fall, life as a Stormtrooper and what it was like being buried under sand, to then find yourself trapped! We hope you enjoy.
Eunice has been involved in the film industry for over 24 years now, but her path into Stunts, was by competing in TV show Gladiators in 1994. Eunice has gone from dodging the milkman unable to him, to becoming Angelina Jolie’s main stunt double and now a successful Stunt Coordinator. Her impressive credit list includes: Fantastic Beasts, Pan, Maleficent, Dark Shadows, Salt, Bond, The Beach and many more. In her interview she tells us about joining the film industry, what it’s like jumping from the top of a 78ft waterfall and how lying on your resume might not be a good idea, but entertaining for everyone else to watch! We hope you enjoy.
David and George met when David was just 14 years old, on his first job on Lost In Space, they worked together for many years, including the Harry Potter films. George is an amazingly talented stunt performer and now an established Stunt Coordinator. In his interview George tells us about what it was like driving on ice in Bond car chase, and, what it was like driving the Batmobile! He also shares some of his on set experiences and talks about some of the Directors and Actors he has worked with.We hope you enjoy.
Ashely use to compete in something called Musical Forms, which is an acrobatic martial art, he then went on to train for the stunt register and immediately found himself work as a stunt double on Wrath Of The Titans. Ashely has gone to work on some well-known titles, including, Game Of Thrones, Kick-Ass, King Arthur and Star Wars. In his interview Ashley tells us about some of the stunts he’s performed, including his proudest to date, and also how stunts are involved in the gaming world. We hope you enjoy.
Lucy has been performing stunts for almost 30 years and in those years she’s appeared in many Productions including, Titanic, the Bond films, Casualty, Peak Practice, Killing Eve and Harry Potter films. She has also gained a reputation for doubling Dames! In her interview Lucy tells us what it takes to be a stunt performer and how to calm yourself and ignore your natural feelings before performing a stunt and also shares some of her other on set stories, including the changes she’s noticed within the industry over the years. We hope you enjoy.
David has known Tilly since she was just 7 years old, as her father, Greg Powell, was the Stunt Coordinator on the Harry Potter films and in her interview she tells us what’s it’s like being the daughter of a Stunt Coordinator and what it’s like to work for him and alongside him. Tilly has had an incredible career so far, her credits include titles such as, Wonder Woman, the Bond films, Fast & Furious, Avengers, Kingsman and Hitman’s Bodyguard. We hope you enjoy.
Mens has been performing stunts for over 10 years and in his interview he tells us about his journey into becoming a stunt performer and his first set experience, where he bounced off a pain of glass. We also chat about which stunts he’s been particularly proud of and the importance of seeing his kids grow up alongside working in the industry. We hope you enjoy.
Rick has always enjoyed sport and comes from a background competing in Martial Arts and Motor Racing. In his interview he tells us how he went from becoming a personal trainer to performing stunts and how training for the stunt register was a natural progression. Rick has an impressive credit list and has had a fight with Batman, Bond, Jason Bourne and Captain America! In Rick’s interview he tells us what it was like driving a sports bike 140 flat down a locked off motorway, the process of crashing a motorbike as safely as possible and working alongside cast to get the best performance for an action sequence or fight. We hope you enjoy.
Martin knew he wanted to be a stuntman when he was just 5 years old and from a young age he was always building ramps and throwing himself about. After graduating from University in Performing Arts, he began his training for the Stunt Register and within 4 years he was qualified. Some of Martin’s first days performing were with David and Dan on the Harry Potter films, where he doubled Draco Malfoy and Neville Longbottom. Since Potter, Martin has had an amazing career doubling many leading men and in his interview he shares some of his set experiences, including jumping into water from 86 ft, 8 times and being knocked out whilst on the end of a while flying through the air. We hope you enjoy.
Kelly comes from a family that has been involved with horses and the Film industry since the early 1940’s, and Kelly herself appeared in her first film when she was just 12 years old on the First Knight, alongside Richard Gere. Kelly has had an impressive career and in her interview she tells us what it’s like performing stunts whilst in prosthetics, how jumping into water or being hit by a car can be unpredictable and what it’s like working with horses on set, along with the logistics of driving 50 horses from the UK to Morocco. We hope you enjoy.
Get ready to hear some Movie Memory Magic, including tales about Superman, Indian Jones, Spielberg, Scorsese, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Harrison Ford. Vic once dreamed of becoming a Jockey, one day he took a job riding a horse on a Film Set and since then he has performed on some of the most iconic films of all times and also become a successful 2nd Unit Director and Director. We hope you enjoy.
Nina, like her Mother was born into a Stunt family and in her interview she tells us what it was like growing up with Stunt rehearsals happening in the back garden, travelling to locations around the world whilst her parents worked and eventually her natural transition into Stunts. Nina has had an amazing career that began at a very young age, her credits include Bonds, Game Of Thones, Mission and many more. She also tells her what it was like becoming a Stunt Mum, and how the love of horses and riding continues to be passed down to another generation of Armstrong. We hope you enjoy.
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Jenna Caneva

I'm glad to have found this!

Mar 30th
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