Tears In The Dust Interview

Interview with lead actor Dean Sills of locally produced feature film ‘Tears In The Dust’.

Bradford film producer Steve Call attempts to show the horrors of homelessness and capture how life can quickly take an unexpected downturn in new indie film, ‘Tears in the Dust’. We chat to lead actor Dean Sills about the film, his acting career and what it’s like to represent Yorkshire in the acting world.

Hi Dean, Tell us about ‘Tears in the Dust’?
‘Tears in the Dust’ is a new Indie feature film from Steve Call Productions. I play the lead role of Trevor Wallis, a very successful salesman working for a medium software company, and one day his life changes forever.
He finds out that his main boss has been cheating the company and his business partner out of millions. The company is closing and the main boss Andrew has gone missing. Trevor is owed hundreds of thousands of pounds in wages and he totally loses the plot.
Things don’t turn out too well for Trevor, losing his job, his wife and dignity. He’s down and out on the streets, constantly drunk and things are about to get worse for him.

So you’re Yorkshire born and bred – how does it feel to represent us in the acting world?
Awesome! I am very proud to represent the region. I am also over the moon that my first lead in a feature film is in a Yorkshire film with a Yorkshire director.

Tell us about your background that led you to being in the film…
I landed a supporting role playing a character called Chris in a feature film called ‘A Total Thug Up’. The director was Steve Call and he liked my passion and commitment so he gave me the lead role in his next film, ‘Tears in the Dust’. Steve is a great director and helps bring out the best in you as an actor. I was drawn to the role of Trevor straight away because he is a character we can all relate to.
We shot the ‘Tears’ teaser trailer last year and since then the support for the film just keeps growing and growing. We start shooting in May and I know it’s going to be a great time on set even if the story is very dark and depressing at times.

When and how did you first decide you wanted to go into films?
I began acting in 2012 when I played a zombie in an indie horror film. I just enjoyed it that much and really got the acting bug. After this I worked on a number of projects and started having acting lessons at The Yorkshire School of Acting, studying the various techniques of acting that apply more directly to screen acting. Last year I had a small speaking role on BBC1’s ‘In The Club’ working with Will Mellor. I would love to do more TV work but I feel truly blessed that I am playing a role like Trevor Wallis in ‘Tears in the Dust’.

What advice would you give to aspiring, young actors?
First of all, can I just say I started acting in my 40s so this advice is for anyone who wants to become an actor. You need to be really passionate and patient about it because you find yourself in and out of work all the time. You need to ask yourself how much you really want this kind of work and how much you’re willing to sacrifice for it. If you really want to be an actor, just go for it and follow your dream!

If you could chose an actor to star in a film of your life, who would it be?
It would have to be a local actor like Sean Bean, he is older than me but would be perfect at playing Dean Sills.

If you could’ve had any role in any movie, what would it have been?
I am a huge Clint Eastwood fan, I have watched all his great westerns many times with my Dad, so I would have to say ‘The Man With No Name’, the character portrayed by Clint Eastwood in Sergio Leone’s “Dollars Trilogy” of Spaghetti Western films. He is a man of few words and lets his facial expressions and body language do the talking on screen. You can say a lot with your actions, eyes and body. Actions really do speak louder than words!

Finally, what else is in the pipeline for you?
I am working on another film after ‘Tears in the Dust’ but can’t say too much about it at the moment plus I am looking for acting work all the time so you never know what’s around the corner. I am just enjoying the journey so far!

‘Tears in the Dust’ is expected to be released December 2016. Head to for the trailer and more information.

Tears in the Dust Picture credit: Steve Call Productions

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