Afghan Luke's Stephen Lobo heads to TIFF

Canadian performer Stephen Lobo makes a star turn in the anticipated feature film Afghan Luke. The film, directed by Mike Clattenburg of Trailer Park Boys fame, will be premiering at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.

Stephen relishes his role in Afghan Luke, which celebrates its World Premiere at TIFF on Sunday, September 11 at 9:30pm. There will be a media screening on September 12, and there will be a second public screening on September 14.  It will also screen at the Closing Gala of the Atlantic Film Festival on Saturday, September 24, and will be in select theatres across Canada come September 23. Stephen shines in the role of Mateen, an Afghan translator or rather “fixer” opposite Nick Stahl.

Mateen, though good at his job is most interested in smoking hash and listening to popular western music, especially rap.  Disheartened when his story about Canadian snipers mutilating corpses in Afghanistan is buried, Luke (Nick Stahl) quits his job but is even more determined to return to Afghanistan to get the real story. With his offbeat buddy, Tom (Nicolas Wright), tagging along, Luke returns to Afghanistan and soon finds that the country is an even more dangerous place than when he left. To make matters worse, his old friend and fixer, Mateen has been hired away by Luke's journalistic nemesis, Imran Sahar (Vik Sahay). Afghan Luke turns into a surreal and perilous adventure, a journey into an alternate reality, filtered through a haze of gun smoke.

Much of the buzz surrounding this film is due to the star studded cast, but also because of Mike Clattenburg, with past hits as writer and director for The Trailer Park Boys television series and films, audiences are eagerly awaiting the release of Afghan Luke.

The busy actor also stars in a second film alongside another all star cast in the Indie feature Hamlet to be released this Fall. With Director/Star Bruce Ramsay, this ambitious film is sure to showcase the chameleon-like acting talents of Stephen in the role of “Horatio”.

Stephen was born in Toronto and grew up in Thornhill, Ontario with his electrician father and nurse mother. Both immigrants, Stephen’s father coming from East Africa and his mother from Iran, they taught their three children the importance of family and dedication to work. Stephen grew up as a middle child and has always looked up to his older brother living with Down Syndrome.

Stephen is widely recognized for his many television and film roles, with highlights that include starring in the CHUM television series, Godiva's”, for which he won the Leo Award for Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series. He was als series regular on SciFi Channel's Painkiller Jane and has had recurring roles on the CW series Smallville, ABC Family's Falcon Beach, CBC's Little Mosque, and has just wrapped a guest star role on CBS's CIA dramedy Chaos. Selected film credits include the The Wedding Date, “Love and Other Dilemmas”, “Fathers & Sons”, and Stained.

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