Daniel Kerr, who won the award for his role in 2013’s The Wee Man, will premiere Norm at Odeon Luxe on Saturday, January 28.
Daniel wrote the film in early 2021 and shot it himself over a three-month period, before submitting it to film festivals around the world last year.
The Glasgow Times previously reported that he had launched a GoFundMe in order to raise funds for festival entry, and said the support he had received was “fantastic”.
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“I never would have been able to make the premiere without that support,” said Daniel, 22. “It was really gratifying to see so many people being interested in the same movie as I was.”
The film tells the story of a character named Norm who breaks up with her only boyfriend and decides that in order to be acceptable to those around him he needs to go on an intense diet for five weeks, but it turns out that his methods aren’t the right way to do it.
Daniel, from Bearsden, was inspired to make the film after realizing how much he judged his weight.
Having raised over £1,000 on GoFundMe, the film has been submitted to several festivals and has been selected for eight.
She won awards at the Phoenix Short Fest and The Dark Fest, and was a semi-finalist at the Paris International Short Festival.
Daniel, who starred in Doctor Who and Doctors, says it’s “great” that the movie is so good.
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He said, “I’ve worked on a number of sets, so I used the knowledge I’d gleaned together from there, and having other films that had very little production and money behind them, it felt really good that it was just me and a few of my friends, so it was really fun.”
“The reception was really good.
“The only hitches really were people saying it was my first time making a movie, so there is a learning curve but people reached out and said they could relate to the difficulties with the movie and their body image and their weight, so I think it definitely connected with people on a level that I wasn’t expecting.”
He added, “I think body image is a big issue right now, and I think people are obsessed with image now more than ever, so it’s important that they have different perspectives on that.”
Daniel now plans to premiere Norm at a special event this month to share with his fellow filmmakers, while the online premiere will also premiere on YouTube at the same time.
He said, “It’s just being able to see it on the big screen myself and quite a few other actors and directors, I think it would be a good idea and they might want to see it.
“Since no one has actually seen it but people at film festivals, so I thought it would be a good idea to share it with interested people, family and friends.”
Daniel says creating Norm has been a “learning curve” but he’s already planning his next project and says this time he’ll be patient and “not take time for granted”.
He said, “I am currently in the process of making another short film.
“It’s going to be much bigger, there’s going to be better equipment, more actors in it, and I’m thinking of doing a play too.
“It gave me a new chance to get creative with things, so I’m really happy about that.”
He continued, “It’s taken a lot longer than I expected but that’s the learning curve, it’s a bigger process than I thought it was going to be.
“But to get it done and get Norm out there for people to see, I feel a great deal of relief and with a little bit of confidence and a few wins I can move on to other things.”
Norm will premiere on YouTube on Saturday, January 28th here.
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