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Taking to the stage

Hunky Dory marks the feature debut of director Michael Curtis Johnson and writer and star Tomas Pais. The film tells the story of Sidney (Pais), a "glam rock dilattente" who finds he has to reassess his life after his young son George (Edouard Holdener) turns up on his doorstep for longer than expected. The plot beats may sound familiar but this is a character-driven narrative, hinging on a magnetic performance by Pais in the central role and great chemistry with Holdener, which saw the film pick up a Jury prize for acting at Slamdance Film Festival in January.

Chicago-born Johnson and Pais, who is originally from Lisbon in Portugal, have known one another for 10 years and collaborated previously on short films together.

Waiting for the train

"We had similar stories of trying to get our careers off the ground in Los Angeles, me with my directing

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