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Tom Benzon

London, United Kingdom

Actor, Musician

www.facebook.com/tomislavtombenzon

Actor with a Film Making Degree. Professional Musician (Guitar, Doublebass, Vocals) based in London. My style is rooted in Blues, Soul, Rock and Roll, Rockabilly. I like Gretsch guitars, playing hollow body guitars most of the time. I am serious and reliable with anything to do with my job. It is my life and my passion, I feel at home when I'm on stage and performing as stage and studios have been my home for many years now and there is not turning back! I can be contacted through Starnow or by email: tomislavbenzon@gmail.com

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Physical Details

Height:
180 cm / 5ft 11in
Waist:
78 cm / 31in
Weight:
75 kg / 165 lbs
Shoe size:
9.0 UK / 10.0 US / 43.0 Euro
Ethnicity:
White / Caucasian
Hair colour:
Brown
Skin colour:
Tanned
Hair length:
Medium
Eye colour:
Green
Hair type:
Straight

Experience

2013
  • Alexia Coley : Played guitar for Alexia Coley, top UK's soul singer., London, UK
  • "A Night Like No Other" (Philip Silcock) - due out in 2014 : Black & White Art House film, London, UK
  • "Smash & Grab - The Story of The Pink Panthers" (Havana Marking)-BBC & BFI (British Film Institute) : "Mike", main character, London, UK
  • Jack Savoretti : Played Doublebass at festivals (Glastonbury, T In The Park, Hard Rock Calling, Cornbury, Smooth Radio On The Waterfront, and more). TV appearances (BBC1, C4) Also Bass and Lead Guitar in the the single "Blood on My Hands", London, UK
2012
  • "The Comedian" (Feature Film by Tom Shkolnik) : Playing Elisa Lasowski's guitarist / band member, friend, London, UK
  • Jack Savoretti (recorded double bass, bass and some lead guitar for his album "Before The Storm") : Doublebass with his band, The Dirty Romantics, live on TV / Radio ( Sky1, BBC Radio London Live Sunday Night Sessions) and on tour (selling out the likes of Scala, London); touring with Jools Holland (including the Royal Albert Hall), London, UK
  • Lucinda Belle : Played guitar and some double bass on her new album recorded at Toe Rag Studios , due out in 2014, and recorded "Going Nowhere" (Oscar nominated in 2014, Original Song Award) for the film "For No Good Reason" with Johnny Depp, London, UK
2011
  • "In The Land of Blood and Honey" (Angelina Jolie) : Acting and recording guitars for 4 songs of the soundtrack., Budapest, Hungary; London UK, Hungary
2008
  • SAE Institute, Middlesex University : Filmmaking Degree. Acted with and directed actress Elisa Lasowski, London, UK
2005
  • 2005 to 2011 original band member of Congo Faith Healers : Touring the world with this cult Band, working with producer Chris Kimsey (Rolling Stones, INXS, Cult, Duran Duran, Peter Frampton..); recorded Congo's first album Ju Ju Mix, London, UK
1992
  • Rock Therapy, Malehookers, Kojoti, Cool Shakes : Full Time Musician with Serbian and Croatian bands, Zagreb/ Belgrade, Serbia, Croatia

Acting

IMDBwww.imdb.com/name/nm4623702/
Acting experience:
  Previous paid speaking roles
Languages spoken
  • English
  • German
  • Russian
Accents spoken
  • UK English
  • USA New York
  • USA Southern
  • French
  • Italian
  • Latin American
  • Mexican
  • Russian
  • Spanish
After my BA in Filmmaking I was involved in number of various productions.

As a musician I am a natural in front of the camera (numerous music videos, hundreds of TV appearances, My band was one of my Country's biggest in the '90s: Kojoti (and also Cool Shakes).
I am Croatian, grew up in Belgrade: I can put on an authentic Eastern (South) European accent. I speak: Serbian, Croatian, English, Russian (not fluently), German/ Swiss German.

* ACTING:
With my old school tattoos and experience of observing the 'Balkan gangster' type of characters, I can transform into one of them, with tough, Slavic flavour.
This helped me get a major role in HAVANA MARKING's (director of 'Afghan Star', Sundance film festival winner) new film 'Smash and Grab' (BBC Storyville and UK Film Council, 2011) about the Pink Panthers, glorified Balkan diamond robbers (Premiere in London at the East End Film Festival on 27 June 2013; in New York on 31 July 2013).

The film is partially animated (rotoscoping): they aged me a bit adding wrinkles and my tattoos were easily hidden too.

Trailer : - http://youtu.be/szIwZ7JQRhk
Another clip: - http://youtu.be/9hz6cJrzg6g
Facebook page: - http://www.facebook.com/smashandgrabthemovie

- Film release date in US: http://www.hollystarz.biz/upcoming-movies-in-july-2013-2/
- Film review by Scott Foundas (Chief Film Critic, VARIETY): http://variety.com/2013/film/reviews/film-review-smash-and-grab-the-story-of-the-pink-panthers-1200571579/
- Film review by Frank Schleck (THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER): " 'Mike' (Tomislav Benzon) [...] describe(s) the gang's activities in great deal and touches of dry humor."
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/smash-grab-story-pink-panthers-595497

* VOICE OVERS:
I also work as a voice over actor.
My profile video by Blockmedia, a production company I did various voice over jobs for: http://youtu.be/0bnEYOLR-5k

* ACTING & MUSIC:
20 years of professional musicianship made me into what I am, so roles which require musicians are perfect too.
Cast by GAIL STEVENS for ANGELINA JOLIE's directorial debut, 'In the Land of Blood and Honey', playing a guitarist who ends up killed.
I also helped with the arrangements and recorded guitars on 4 songs for the film soundtrack.

Music

1. RUN'N'HIDE - Cool Shakes

A soulful explosion of Rock'n'Roll and R'n'B

Guitar ability:
  Expert
Vocal ability:
  Lead singer
Bass Guitar ability:
  Expert
Vocal range:
  Tenor
Double Bass ability:
  Expert
Singing styles
  • Rock
Favourite genres
  • Rock
  • Jazz
  • Country
Influences: Stevie Ray VaughnBrian SetzerCliff GallopDjango Rainhardt

2012 - 2013:
with JACK SAVORETTI's band, The Dirty Romantics (Doublebass)
2012: recorded his album "Before The Storm", co-written by STEVE BOOKER (DUFFY, ALEXANDRA BURKE); produced by MARTIN TEREFE (MARY J BLIDGE, JAMES MORRISON, BEVERLY KNIGHT, TRAIN, KT TUNSTAL).
"Lifetime" (http://youtu.be/Zz-54AB9hyk ) is played daily on BBC Radio2 A & B playlists, Smooth FM and across Europe, like the previous 4 singles. Some tunes from the album were in One Tree Hill, Grey's Anatomy, Sons of Anarchy, Vampire Diaries.
Sir Terry Wogan, Graham Norton, Jo Whiley, among others promote our album frequently on radio. On top 20 Indie charts, the album reached number 1 and is currently number 5.

Played guitar with soul diva Alexia Coley...

2012-13: Toured the UK twice, selling out in every town in venues like the Jazz Café (Camden, London); Madame Jo- Jo's (Soho, London), Scala (London). Also Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland) and major UK Festivals (Hard Rock Calling,Glastonbury,T In The Park. One of the biggest UK tour was with Jooles Holland, selling venues like Royal Albert Hall...

*TV & RADIO SHOWS APPEARANCES:
- Sunday Brunch (Channel 4)
- BBC Breakfast (BBC1) - http://youtu.be/9kHPRJX1mo0
- Live on the Sunday Night Sessions (BBC London 94.9) - http://youtu.be/VGfXrkvloiA
- New Britannia (Sky Atlantic), hosted by Morgan Spurlock (from Supersize me!);
- Got to Dance (Sky1),live with dancer Adam Garcia tap dancing -http://youtu.be/yNqIribeMVM
- Mark LaMarr show (BBC 2),twice...band of the year with Congo Faith Healers
And many more...

2010-11:
I worked on ANGELINA JOLIE's directorial début, "In The Land of Blood and Honey".
As well as appearing as a musician in the film, I recorded the music for it: 4 songs (guitar).
with the band 'Dado Dzihan and Waves and Patterns' (created specifically for this this film). One of our first official gigs was at the première on 23th of December 2011.

EARLIER YEARS:
In the '90s I lived in Croatia and played guitar for the rock band KOJOTI: 3 albums with Warner Bros, a dozen of number 1 singles, numerous TV and radio appearances.
I then fronted my my own band (vocals and guitar),THE COOL SHAKES (signed by Dinaton / Sony BMG Croatia), and we had an album out. At the time I was touring Europe extensively.

2006-2011: with SONNY WEST and THE CONGO FAITH HEALERS (playing doublebass), a culturally diverse band, unusual style mix: gypsy swing, blues, Cuban and Latin grooves with r'n'r mixed with my own South Europoean musical heritage. Worked with producer CHRIS KIMSEY. KT TUNSTAL and FRANZ FERDINAND were big fans.
'The best of the year' (BBC2 and MARK LaMARR - we performed live twice on his show).
'Amongst the '10 top UK bands you must see!' (The Independent)

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