The fall and rise of a South Wales’ social media influencer is documented in a new comedy feature – set to be screened across South Wales (and Manchester) venues in coming weeks.
Created and produced by Kevin Jones (editor of Keeping Faith and Y Swn) and Keiron Self, The Martin Decker Show began life over lockdown as a YouTube channel.
Now expanded into a feature film and made for virtually no money while shot entirely on iPhones and GoPros, The Martin Decker Show is capturing filmgoers’ imaginations, following a sell out screening at Cardiff’s Chapter Arts Centre and picking up numerous comedy awards.
The film follows 50-something Martin Decker as he embarks on a brand-new career as an internet superstar. For the past year, Martin has produced homemade TV shows from his bathroom, but despite Martin’s claims to have the full support of his family, the reality is his life is falling apart.
Part documentary – part surreal tragicomedy, The Martin Decker Show incorporates complete access to Martin’s videos, fan and critic interviews, found footage and even animation. Martin’s motivations and creative urges are investigated. He has the need to make a connection but who is his real target audience – his fans or his family?
Featuring a host of Cardiff acting talent including Keiron Self, Lynne Seymour, Richard Ellis, Kev McCurdy, Elin Phillips and Francois Pandolfo, further screenings of The Martin Decker Show will take place in Wales and Manchester in the coming weeks.
As a further bonus, each presentation will be attended by the star himself who will be available for a short Q&A following each screening, should anyone wish to discuss his genius cinematic talent. Martin explains, ““Orson Welles was 25 when he made Citizen Kane. I’m over 50, so my film will at least be twice as good.”
Catch The Martin Decker Show at the following venues:
- 7 September – Y Ffwrness Theatre, Llanelli
- 14 September – Block Cinema, Manchester
- 20 September – Pontardawe Arts Centre
- 21 September – The Riverfront, Newport
- 23 September – Ucheldre Centre, Anglesey
The Martin Decker Show is unrated, but does feature some foul language and adult themes. The screening running time is 90 minutes including Q&A.