Earlier today we profiled Alice Lowe, who played the female lead in Sightseers. But what of her collaborator, co-writer and co-star? How much do you know about Steve Oram? Trust us, there is far more to the man than just a ginger beard and a caravan. Please allow us to enlighten you…
Many Boosh fans were first introduced to Steve when he played the surprisingly articulate, cape-lovin, anti-hero, Donny the Tramp, in The Mighty Boosh episode, The Strange Tale of the Crack Fox. But in fact the industrious Mr. Oram has been at work behind-the-scenes and in front of the camera since 2001 as very productive actor, writer, and musician.
Steve Oram first came to our attention when he appeared as a policeman in the second series of the spoof documentary People Like Us. In 2002 came the hilarious Ant Muzak, a short film that chronicles Adam Ant and entourage as they grocery shop in the wee hours. In addition to performing his stand-up comedy, he made appearances on Greenwing, Tittybangbang, and also made a feature-length film, It’s All Gone Pete Tong.
Steve acted in the TV series The Comedy Lab, alongside many other well-known performers, including, Kevin Eldon, Ricky Gervais, Alice Lowe, Tom Meeten, and Katy Wix. One outstanding work that came from this series was the short film, Matthew and Tone: Tales of Friendship and Innocence. Steve starred as Tone, alongside Tom Meeten’s Matthew. In fact, Tom and Alice often create and collaborate with Steve, and appear with him in shows.
Steve has sustained his longevity with frequent appearances on television, stand-up performances, and in film production. The Wingnut Tapes is a “mock-rock-doc” that follows the electro duo Wingnut trying to film a rock opera, and it’s a film where you’re allowed to see some of Steve’s abundant musical talent. His 2008 straight 8 film Connections was screened at Cannes, and he also composed and performed the music for that film.
Youtubers will be familiar with some of his other shorts, cult favorites like, Into The Woods, Mary, and Porto and Roy, to name just a few. Several other highlights over the next few years include appearances in The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, an American/British cross-over television series, and Lifespam, a sketch show, written by Alice Lowe. Steve also appeared in the video Steve Coogan Live: As Alan Partridge and Other Less Successful Characters. He also acted in director Ben Wheatley’s film, Kill List, in 2011.
Through Lincoln Studios, Steve directs short films as “Steve Aura” and he also represents tanning salon co-owner and entrepreneur Derek Evans, whose aim is to turn Lincoln into “The English Hollywood”. The movies that come out of Lincoln Studios are subtle, creative, funny, and suspenseful. Steve utilizes the sights and sounds of nature, and it’s truly amazing how powerful and suggestive they can be in his capable hands. The whisper of the wind in the leaves, softly spoken dialogue, and interesting characters are surprisingly poignant and evocative, and they contribute to the build up of tension and suspense. There is a roster of great actors for the films, some of whom you will most definitely recognize, and some important new acting discoveries of Steve and Derek’s, too. At the Lincoln Studios web site, you can sign up to the mailing list so you’ll know when their new films are released.
At the time of witing Steve has two films due out in 2013. One is titled Welcome to the Punch, a thriller for Momentum Films. The other is Cuban Fury, starring another TVO favorite, Chris O’Dowd. Beyond these, we’re sure there will be much more to come from this versatile artist.
Best of luck to Sightseers at the BIFA’s!