Food For Thought
A chat about Dan’s forthcoming vegan documentary, animal advocacy and how people can help make a positive difference to the lives of animals every day.Plant Powered Planet full timetable
Now 51, Dan’s acting career started in 2007 at age 35. Despite the late start, he has enjoyed lead roles in several feature films and was a regular in Disney’s global hit TV series, ‘The Lodge’. Films include US family comedy, ‘Pretty Outrageous’, British crime thriller, ‘Retribution’, and ‘Kill Kane’ alongside Vinnie Jones. Dan writes, produces and directs his own film projects and is currently nearing completion of his feature-length documentary, ‘Food For Thought’, exploring the driving forces behind the global vegan phenomenon. During lockdown, he wrote, produced, directed and starred in short film, ‘Freedom’, portraying a man losing his mind and all hope during his forced captivity, but ultimately highlighting the cruelty of animal captivity and asking people not to support it.
Where acting and filmmaking are among his passions, Dan describes advocacy for animal welfare and conservation as his purpose in life. A patron or ambassador for ten animal charities including the Born Free Foundation, Voice for Asian Elephants Society, Naturewatch Foundation and the Goodheart Animal Sanctuaries, Dan often speaks publicly in support of animals and hosts major conservation events. These include Born Free’s 35th anniversary in 2019, their more recent ‘Mane Event’, raising funds for the ‘Year of the Lion’ campaign, the 2017 Global March for Elephants and Rhinos in London’s Parliament Square, and on the same day the European gala screening of ‘Gods In Shackles’, a documentary exposing the cruelty and exploitation faced by the ‘temple elephants’ of Kerala, India. He has also spoken out in support of the bid to secure the release of Lolita the Orca from Miami Seaquarium, and against atrocities including the annual dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan and the international dog and cat meat trade. He represented The Vegan Society in support of their Plate Up for the Planet initiative, and in July 2018 joined the Born Free team for the epic relocation of King the lion cub, rescued from his abuser in a Paris apartment and taken to his forever home at Born Free’s Big Cat Sanctuary at the Shamwari Game Reserve in South Africa.