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Z-Lister (2012)

A failed actor who does signings at Sci-Fi conventions falls for a single mother, who's looking for romance in her lonely life.


Kris Smith


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Ballantyne ... Jon Malkovich
Janan Chopra ... Sarah Chambers
Sid White ... Chris Baker (as Craig Whyte)
Katie Shearing Katie Shearing ... Alex Chambers
Gillian Dean Gillian Dean ... Mel
Joseph Betts ... The Compere
John Chapman John Chapman ... Himself
Ciaran Paddy Fallon Ciaran Paddy Fallon ... Tom (as Ciaran Fallon)
Robert Waters Robert Waters ... Casting Director
Hannah Young Hannah Young ... Hannah
Emily Walker Emily Walker ... Emily
Alexander Winstanley Alexander Winstanley ... Tom's Friend
Joel Pudwell Joel Pudwell ... Confused Fan
Tania Lawrence Tania Lawrence ... Receptionist
John Mangan John Mangan ... Director in Audition Room


A failed actor who does signings at Sci-Fi conventions falls for a single mother, who's looking for romance in her lonely life.

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Composer Tomm Adams used 'The Social Network' original soundtrack as inspiration for the Z-Lister music. See more »


Jon Malkovich: Dunno if I can be anymore embarrassed. Sorry...
Chris Baker: Oh no, you could. See that fella over there? He could come over to you and ask you to sign his cock!
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References Resident Evil (1996) See more »


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"Z-Lister, Z-Lister. Frustrated actor, he was an extra"
8 May 2013 | by nathan-samsonSee all my reviews

Okay, so Z-Lister is one of those romantic comedies that we've all seen before. Boy meets girl, obstacle gets into way and boy must prove his love for her. But there's such a dynamic quality to the storyline that makes me want to watch it more. Writing is very funny and somewhat heartfelt to the audience... at least I felt it! I felt that the acting was a little shoddy, like the performance from Jon Malkovich and the step- daughter character Alex could be improved but besides from that the acting worked. I am a Martin Ballantyne fan, I love his work and knew he would be great to watch ever since he did 'Logg Time' but this one just stands out so badly. In a magnificent way! Hats off to Ballantyne, cause his acting in Z-Lister will be the best thing he ever does! Usually whenever I watch an ending to a film and don't want it to end, that's a very good sign. Note to the crew: make a sequel!!!

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