Grenville Mills

To write, to speak, to act

Welcome..

Posted on | March 16, 2010 | No Comments

Please stay awhile…for here you’ll discover a repository of archived published and unpublished work in print, audio and film. For more recent articles on democratic reform refer to my Blog

The site is intentionally minimalist for ease of navigation. Use the Categories to select from VoiceOvers (the spoken word); Film (a potpourri of acting roles); and The Written Word.

Thank you for coming round. You will notice (hopefully) that I have discretely scattered a few poor boxes around the site for those generous benefactors who may wish to show their appreciation by way of a small donation to the arts.

Voice Demo – A Pastiche

Posted on | March 15, 2010 | 3 Comments

A collection, potpourri or pastiche of various voice styles and deliveries covering male, and female voices with multiple accents. This is a great way to quickly access whether Grenville is the right VO for your project, be it Podcast, Audiobook, Documentary or Cartoon character.

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As Butler opposite Takeshi Kaneshiro for a Lipton Tea Ad

Posted on | June 28, 2011 | 1 Comment

Filmed in Bangkok with the Korean/Japanese film star Takeshi Kaneshiro. My agent for this role was AppleBox, Kuala Lumpur

Meditation Demo

Posted on | August 2, 2010 | 1 Comment

Serene Meditation example. Relaxing delivery with background music

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The Lost Healthcare Ad

Posted on | May 1, 2010 | 1 Comment

Our hero appears somewhat more prominently. This was a hoot; enjoyed it immensely. Take the shot about 3 minutes in, the ‘doc’ is treating my knee against the wall Xray – catch me pointing to it – in fact I said something along the lines, ‘hey doc thats a hand, where did you qualify?’ took a number of retakes after the hysteria from cast and crew died down. Stay on the video for my dialogue piece that follows shortly after. The editors clearly thought I played the part of a 53 year old most convincingly – how very flattering :-) . Final note, spot the close up of my hand gripping the apparatus in the physio room. The Director insisted I hold the rail firmer – I did, and the net result was a dislocated shoulder. In a physiotherapy shoot! can you believe it! Injuries aside, acting is enormous fun.

Forever Dancing on a Dime

Posted on | April 27, 2010 | 1 Comment

Back Cover Blurb

Overwhelmed by a rush of excitement and joy after finally tracing his first love, Duncan embarks on a quest to rediscover Brooke, after 45 years. He finds a woman twice married and spiritually committed to a new world faith. Separated from his wife, he becomes consumed by the desire to understand the new Brooke, and uncovers in her a complex web of denial and a suppressed need for self discovery; of a woman still yearning for emotional fulfilment.

(The synopsis and first 3 chapters are available for agent/publisher review on request)

Chapter 1

“Pop!” Duncan reopened the bottle of Cristal Champagne that he had so reluctantly corked the night before. Had he continued to sup the heavy opiate of champagne and sweet memories what might he have said? He sipped again from his magical chalice before composing his morning email. Although she hadn’t replied since his last lengthy messages to her, he desperately needed to write again. If only she knew how deeply in love with her he had once been. Dig – dig – dig, how easy the ecstasy of remorse unearthed itself to him from its shallow grave. Forty five years! Had it been that long? Was he to find solace in regrets? ‘Non, je ne regrette’ – nonsense, he mused to himself, we all have regrets, and we revel in them, wasn’t that what Oscar Wilde said, ‘..nothing remains then but the recollection of a pleasure, or the luxury of a regret’.

All those years ago she was his ‘femme fatale’; one that any real man yearned for. He had consumed her until his very soul ached with longing for more. But, soon after she had floated into his life, she slipped away; away across the years, lost in time. He had never forgotten her. But why? There had been other women in his life, others that he had cared for – and said he had loved, though none had bewitched him so over time. What love was this that bore so deep into his being?

Filling his empty goblet one more time and staring down at the rising effervescence, it reminded him of her; of those halcyon days of youth. As a naive 19 year old with the wide eyed wonder of a child, and she, probably no more than a year older but already bubbling and swirling higher and higher, within a vortex of comely people in a beautiful age. How his thoughts were so often interlaced with images of her; she brought so much joy into his life: it was suddenly full and the world was a plaything. He was her plaything and knew and revelled in the lifestyle found with her. How easy it was to believe they had reached the highest transcendental state love can elevate us to….to fall in love with love. How intoxicating that feeling was. No wonder then that the memories lasted. Yet Duncan was to learn, following that spellbinding summer and winter of ’65 that love – wonderful, suffocating, all embracing love – is rarely attained, but when it is you are forever destined to fall in love at the drop of a hat in the prevailing hope that someday you’ll return to the land of Xanadu.

His goblet and bottle were empty; with aching limbs he swivelled his chair to open the email again. He gazed at the screen and his blank page. Not yet, he couldn’t write to her yet. Another bottle of champagne will do the digger no harm other than risk he disturb the ghost of some other time. Drink, gulp, swallow deep the elixir of love lost, and luxuriate in the pleasure of sifting through what his spade unearthed. The draughts of alcohol, sweet as caressing lips, carried him back like a child; back once again to the past. Read more

Audiobook – Jeeves and the Hard Boiled Egg – Extract

Posted on | April 23, 2010 | 4 Comments

Featuring Bertie Wooster and Jeeves

(Note: This full Narration has been Sold, and the AudioBook Published)

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Dequadin Ad

Posted on | March 5, 2010 | No Comments

Dequadin

The theme here I believe was based on a strong throat lozenge!

AudioBook – Jeeves and the Chump Cyril – Extract

Posted on | March 5, 2010 | 1 Comment

Featuring Bertie Wooster and Jeeves – two dialogue extracts

(Note: This full Narration has been Sold, and the AudioBook Published)

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AudioBook – Jeeves in the Springtime – Extract

Posted on | February 19, 2010 | No Comments

Featuring Bertie Wooster and Jeeves

(Note: This full Narration has been Sold, and the AudioBook Published)

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Documentary – The Secret Factory – Extract

Posted on | February 14, 2010 | 2 Comments

Messerschmitt

(Note: This is part of a commissioned Documentary)

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Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa Trailer

Posted on | February 13, 2010 | 3 Comments

A walk-on/walk-off part; but the interpretation….. ;-) Yes, I’m that Roman Senator. Stay tuned for more (walking) from the noble Senator when the feature is released later this year (2010)

Corporate Demo – The Presentation

Posted on | February 6, 2010 | No Comments

Example of a Corporate Motivational Presentation

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From ECU to Toke (Originally published 1999)

Posted on | February 2, 2010 | No Comments

The formation of Europe’s Monetary Union, coupled with continuing advances in secure global connectivity, is pathing the way towards a common global electronic unit of currency.  Before the new millennium, the first nation outside of the original eleven European Union nations that adopted the European Currency Unit (ECU) at the beginning of the year will switch from the dollar to the ECU.  That nation is Cuba, and its reason for switching is economically sound.  Cuba is dependent on trade with Europe, and dealing in a common currency with its trading partners will reduce punishing currency exchange commissions.  Cuba has indicated they may draw in other communist countries specifically China, Vietnam, and North Korea, and doubtless will promote the idea throughout Central and South America. Whether the ECU eventually challenges the mighty dollar for world supremacy is irrelevant.  What is important is that the advantages of monetary union – the desire to rationalise currencies to support trade – reach far beyond the ‘Eurozone’.  On the other side of the world New Zealand and Australia are considering their own monetary union. Further rationalising of world currencies will inevitably follow, leading eventually to a common monetary unit.  Improvements to SET (Secure Electronic Transactions), including news of a 256bit version of DES (Data Encryption Standard) continue to strengthen the integrity of encrypted transmissions, making secure global connectivity a reality.  We are steadily moving towards a common electronic monetary unit.
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End of the Smart Card (originally published 2002)

Posted on | February 2, 2010 | No Comments

It was inevitable, even from a luddites perspective. Recent history has been guiding us with rapid transitions from mainframe to PC, desktop to notebook, and landline to wireless technology, and we have been taunted with shorter and shorter product life cycles. Breaking news today becomes obsolete technology tomorrow. Yet with all these indicators fore warning of rapid change towards integrated, wireless solutions, we still load up each day with an extraordinary variety of bulky communication and IT equipment, and a wallet of plastic cards. This is about to change, as a result of recent developments in Singapore and the UK.
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