Hollyoaks Emmett J Scanlan’s new film, Charlie Casanova,to open the Melbourne Underground Film Festival.
During the festival the film, for which Scanlan was been awarded the 2011 European Independent Film Festival award for Best Actor for his role as the title character, will be shown with a number of Irish features in a new section throughout the nine-day event.
Scanlan told the Irish Herald: “I’m delighted that despite the personal bashing Charlie Casanova got at home, the rest of the world is embracing it like the b****** child it was meant to be,”
“I’m truly honoured to be part of this movie.”
Scanlan, who is dating Hollyoaks co-star Claire Cooper (Jacqui McQueen) in real life, plays the lead role of Charlie in the film, an unhinged Casanova who uses a deck of cards to decide his every move, in a dark tale of modern Ireland.
The film, which was released in Ireland last May and has been nominated for IFTA, was made on a very limited budget and relayed heavily on social media to put together a production crew.
Charlie Casanova has also received recognition from the European Independent Film Festival, the Galway Film Fleadh and the Washington Festival.
“I’ve strong connections in Hollywood and an agent there, but my loyalty lies with Hollyoaks and this team which have given me opportunities.”
Watch the official trailer for Charlie Cassanova in the clip below: