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Steve has got a part in a tv film! He plays the leader of the Underworld in a UK Channel 5/HTV co production called 'A Mind To Kill' which will air in Dec this year - the film also has Worldwide rights so may well be seen across the world.

Here's the official blurb on the film:

"Having completed filming a major new feature film "Rancid Aluminium" written by James Hawes and starring Rhys Ifans, Tara Fitzgerald, Keith Allen, Joe Fiennes and Steven Berkoff,the award-winning independent production company Fiction Factory are currently in production on a new series of "A Mind to Kill". The first episode of the internationally acclaimed best selling drama series will be written by David Joss Buckley, directed by Philip John, produced by Mike Parker and Ed Thomas and is provisionally entitled "Box".

The series has been shown on HTV, and to high critical acclaim on Channel 5, in Welsh as "Yr Heliwr" on S4C, as well as on Sky. "A Mind to Kill" has outsold any other detective series internationally having been seen in over 60 countries.

The celebrated Welsh actor, Philip Madoc stars as Detective Chief Inspector Noel Bain in this two hour thriller which will be filmed on location in South Wales during October/November 1999. The series will also feature new faces and hard hitting themes.

Peter Edwards, HTV's Head of Drama Development, who commissioned the film said: "A Mind to Kill" has been incredibly successful abroad and the feedback we get is that it has an aura which appeals to the audiences. It has a distinctively local setting and a distinctively worldwide appeal "

News Item 2

Steve has taken on managing a new unsigned Welsh band called 'IISticks" - as in 2sticks. They have spent 3 days this week in the recording studio together cutting their first Demo tape. They were given the studio time for free after the owners heard the band perform. They are also in the final of the Stereophonics Cup on Saturday.


Here is the press release I put out last week to TV and papers:

Steve Strange takes on new unsigned band

Steve Strange has taken on a new young band from Wales and is nurturing them on the road to stardom. Steve discovered the band on the club circuit in Wales and was so impressed by their talent that he decided to personally take on the challenge.

The four strong band all write and play their own music and all have a strong background in the performing arts. They all met at school and have been playing together seriously for 9 months. With over 20 original songs under their arms they head into the recording studio under the watchful eye of their manager Steve Strange to cut their first demo tape next week.

The Band:

Rhys Llewellyn Williams, 21, on Bass Guitar, student and Martial artist

James Dean Jones, 21, on vocals and guitar, performing arts student and Classical guitar trained

Andrew Powell, 20, on drums, arts student and Martial artist

Mark Walker, 23, on vocals and guitar, Performing Arts student and Martial artist

Guest member:

Paul Nicholas, 21, on percussion, Graphics student and Martial artist

They are going to record a selection of their self penned emotive songs in the session. Such is the bond between the band and manager that Steve will be featuring on one of the tracks which will be his first foray back behind the mic in the recording studio for a number of years. In the state of the art recording studio in west Wales the band get their first taste of the life of a professional musician.

Following in the path set by the likes of the Manic Street Preachers, Catatonia and The Stereophonics the band are very lyrically driven with a strong emphasis on musicianship. They have a very distinctive original sound which is a blend of softer folkier rock with a gritty pop/rock sound, which explores the realities of life and themes which are important to the band.

These talented lads are destined to go far.


Two Sticks won the final of The Stereophonics Cup!!!!!!!

Thanks to Steph Lynch for keeping us up-to-date.