Maxine Peake ‘ignored’ while selling Big Issue

Actor Maxine Peake said she was “surprised how people just ignore you” while taking a real-life role as a Big Issue seller in Manchester.

The stage and TV star joined regular seller Monica outside the Royal Exchange Theatre to sell the magazine as part of Vendor Week, an international event which will see people around the world take a turn at street-selling for an hour.

Peake, who appeared in Silk and The Village, said she found it hard to deal with the number of people who walk past without speaking, adding that she did not know how Monica coped with it “without losing [her] temper”.

The Manchester event will also see poet Lemn Sissay, DJ Clint Boon and Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd sell the magazine.

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Commissioned by BFI and Lighthouse as part of the BFI Shorts 2012 programme.

OFFICIAL SELECTION: BFI London Film Festival 2013, London Short Film Festival 2014, Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2014.
BAFTA Award nomination, Best British Short Film 2014
BIFA Award nomination, Best British Short 2014
WINNER: Best Thriller Short Award, London Short Film Festival 2014
WINNER: Best Thriller, Aesthetica Film Festival 2014

Writer: Selina Lim
Director: Michael Pearce
Producer: Megan Stuart-Wallace
Cast: Maxine Peake, Geoff Bell, Adeel Akhtar

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