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MICHAEL LAWRENCE POTTER: ACTOR AND FILM MAKER

 
 

MICHAEL LAWRENCE POTTER

BIO

Michael Lawrence Potter was born on the 16th of July 1992 in Johannesburg, South Africa. 

Potter spent 2016 to 2018 completing his articles of clerkship at the Johannesburg law firm Moodie and Robertson in order to be admitted as an attorney. The pull towards storytelling  remained a constant in his life and during this time he performed stand up comedy at various night clubs and festivals around Johannesburg and Pretoria and starred in music videos for independent rap artists such as Bizzkuit and Jay Cubes.

In the same year that he was admitted to the South African roll of attorneys Potter received his formal acting training in 2018 spending his weekends being taught at the Johannesburg based Indigoview Advanced Acting Academy by Steven Feinstein. He graduated in November 2018 following a performance in the play "Scenes" at the prestigious Johannesburg Theatre. His performance caught the eye of Ian Gareth Hadfield of Authentik Management who offered to sign him to the agency. Potter accepted and left the legal profession to pursue acting full time.

In January 2019 Potter landed his first feature role as Bobby in the upcoming American 2020 Alastair Orr film "Triggered". 

Thereafter Potter starred in Masebedi Molefi's independent film "Angel" and Maurice Loois' "Jaw".

From October 3rd to October 5th Potter performed an original play "Looking for Audrey" at the PopArt Theatre-a play which Potter wrote and produced which subsequently sold out the the theatre.

Michael is a self-confessed fanatic of the business and the art of storytelling at all levels and in all facets.

 

WHATSPOTTING

What's new in the world Michael Lawrence Potter

ANGEL BY NASEBEDI MOLEFI

February 24 2019

Michael was privileged enough to play Caleb in Nasebedi Molefi's short film Angel. The film was a touching and poignant piece about loss, grief and love.

TRIGGERED(2020)

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FEBRUARY 17 2019

Michael landed his first feature role as Bobby in Alastair Orr's 2020 film Triggered. The film is a thrilling tale of nine friends who all harboring a dark secret. After going camping in the woods and engaging in a  a wild night of partying, they wake up with suicide bombs strapped to their chests, all with varying times on their countdown clocks. They decide to work out how to disarm the bombs or find help - until they discover they can 'take' one another's time by killing each other.

SCENES AT JOHANNESBURG THEATRE

November 2 2018

Michael's first performance was at the prestigious Johannesburg Theatre as part of the Indigoview Acting Academy.

The play was a raw, nuanced and beautiful collection of pieces from various playwrights written and directed by teh incomparable Steven Feinstein.

LOOKING FOR AUDREY- A BOX OFFICE AND CRITICAL SUCCESS

9 October 2019

Looking for Audrey was an original theatre production written and produced by Michael Lawrence Potter. 

The play follows a 20 something named Mark who seems to be in a perpetual string of relationships that go nowhere. The only constant in life sees to be his friend Annie, an outspoken intelligent bombshell going through her own identity crisis.

Mark decides he is no longer going to leave his love life to chance and instead creates a test to find the perfect woman of his dreams based on his favourite actress and crush, starlet of the 60s, Audrey Hepburn.

The PopArt theatre hosted the production and boasted a sell out on all 3 days with favourable critical reception.

THE HANGMAN

10 October 2019

Michael was privileged enough to star as an Apartheid era prison guard in Zwelethu Radebe's chilling and ambitious film "The Hangman"

Stay up to date about all my upcoming events and performance schedule.

 

"Choose what to be, and go be it" -Averly Brothers Band

SHOWREEL

 

CONTACT ME

Johannesburg, South Africa

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ACTOR CV

Previous roles

FEBRUARY 2019

CALEB (SUPPORTING)-ANGEL

Played Caleb in Nasebedi Molefi's short independent film Caleb.

FEBRUARY 2019

BOBBY (SUPPORTING)- TRIGGERED (2020)

Michael starred in his first feature role as Bobby in Alastair Orr's 2020 film "Triggered" produced by Polamade Media.

November 2018

WHITE MAN/ ARTHUR- SCENES JOHANNESBURG THEATRE

Michael starred  in the Indigoview Advanced Acting Academy's showcase at the prestigious Johannesburg theatre.

JANUARY 2013-OCTOBER 2018

PRIOR CREDENTIALS

Prior to his paid roles, Potter took up several unpaid roles in independent student films (as both an actor and writer) and also appeared in music videos for independent rap artists such as Bizzcuit's "Ka Cool" video and Jay Cube's "Makoti".

JULY 2019

JAW #MYRODEREEL2019

Michael played Caleb in Maurice Loois' sci-fi short film "JAW". A villainous super powered business man.

The Hangman

PRISON GUARD

Michael played an Apartheid era prison guard in Zwelethu Radebe's sizzler reel for the "Hangman".

October 2019

MARK-LEAD

Michael wrote, produced and played the lead "Mark" in the original play "Looking for Audrey" at the PopArt theatre.

 
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