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THE CAST

Nick Breaskspear - Nick

Nick Breakspear Jones is a musician, artist and filmmaker from Bury, England. In 1991 he began creating his own peculiar brand of musical expression known as Breakspear. He set off gigging around the globe – performances where often zany and extravagant – never afraid of venturing out onto the emotional edge of life’s delicate branches to share his poignant stories – producing 6 Albums along the way, most notably The Mishkan, Fishing in the Deep and In Pursuit of Tal.

 

In 2003 whilst visiting with friends in Israel, Nick met Valerie, an 86 year old Holocaust survivor. Her story of pain, strength and survival inspired him to make his first feature film – Valerie’s Orchard, an unconventional documentary about his experience of hearing her story.

The success of Valerie’s Orchard, saw Breakspear commissioned to build a video art installation as part of the Walking Through Windows Exhibition at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. The week-long presentation celebrated historical women who changed society. His short film borrowed the track Coro-gated (1997) to depict the short, but inspirational life of Liverpool’s first paid nurse – Agnes Jones.

Still working with the touch of the eccentric, Breakspear was invited to the World Christian Gathering of Indigenous People in Jerusalem in 2008 where he met Gloria Miller, an Australian Aboriginie. Their friendship inspired a new story – Stones from the Staircase (2011), primarily filmed in the South Pacific and a significant thread that is still moving through his work today. Breakspear performed and premiered the film at Kaal Corroboree in Perth Western Australia in 2011.

After making musical appearances at Musalah in Bolton, a middle-eastern reconciliation conference (2012) and APPA Gathering Pennsylvania (2013), Nick got to work on his most ambitious film project to date, Jerusalem or Bust.

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OTHER CAST MEMBERS

Dave Baker

Digger Dave

Dave Baker has been a long-time collaborator with ‘The Inc’, initially playing percussion on the track Higher Loweron the In Pursuit of Tal album (2004) and has somewhat taken on a producer role in Breakspear’s films. Dave is an anthropologist at heart as well as a published author, penning the book With a Voice Like Many Waters – a collection of thoughts exploring the biblical themes of water.

Les Ellis

The Captain

Les made his acting debut as Captain Pedro Ferdinand de Queirós at the age of 81 in Breakspear’s Stones from the Staircase (2011). Yorkshire born and bred, Les worked in South Africa for 40 years in the textile trade and way after retirement he caught the acting bug and travelled to Israel a couple of times for filming before passing in late 2016.

Paul Saxon

Sparrowlegs

Paul Saxon is a singer song writer and worship leader from Bolton, Lancashire. He has spent the last three years recording his third album Looking for the Wonder World. Saxon plays the role of “Sparrowlegs” the first hand to The Captain on the Next Wave, he also contributed his musical talents throughout the film.

Sarah 'Shep' Saxon

Bridesmaid

Born in South Africa to English parents, Sarah grew up with a keen interest in Performing Arts and moved to the UK to study at the University of Cumbria and trained with The Message Trust in Manchester. Sarah works as a Youth Minister in Bolton where she lives with her husband Paul.

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