My name is Janne Puustinen and I’m a 28-year-old theater artist (Bachelor of Arts, Performing Arts, Metropolia UAS, Helsinki 2013) from Helsinki, Finland, working as a director, playwright and actor. My areas of expertise include site-specificity and the use of applied drama methods as a part of a theater process or performance. I’ve been working in several theatres and theatre groups, and currently I’m also studying Theatre Research in the University of Helsinki.
Among the most notable of my stage roles have been Michal in Martin McDonagh’s ‘The Pillowman’ and Agafya Tikhonovna in Gogol’s ‘Marriage’. Prior to my first major film role in ‘A Moment in the Reeds’ (Wild Beast Productions 2017), I’ve also made small appearances in TV series ‘Roba’ (Yellow Film & TV 2015) and in a movie ‘Tom of Finland’ (Helsinki-filmi 2017).
I’m willing to develop all of my skills and work in professional groups and productions in varying tasks. My contact form can be found here.
A Moment In the Reeds
In summer 2016 I worked as a lead actor in a feature film produced by british Wild Beast Productions. On October 6th 2017 A Moment in the Reeds received its World Premiere at the 61st BFI London Film Festival, where it was selected to be a part of the Love strand alongside UK premieres from directors like Claire Denis, John Cameron Mitchell and Paddy Considine. A Moment in the Reeds is written and directed by London-based filmmaker Mikko Makela and co-starred by Boodi Kabbani and Mika Melender.
After London, the film has been screened at over 30 festivals in 16 countries, for example at the 41st Göteborg Film Festival in Sweden and the 44th Annual Seattle International Film Festival. Cinema distribution started in Germany on May 2018 and in Finland on June 2018. A complete list of all the screenings you can find from here.
”One of the most impressive aspects of “Moment” is how utterly convincing the leads are in persuading us of their characters’ shared ardor in less overtly sexual moments. If these actors are faking that affection, they’re doing a pretty amazing job. – – The small cast is expert.” (Dennis Harvey, Variety)
Review by Dennis Harvey in Variety.
Review by Nicolas Raffin in Cineuropa.
Review by Emma Vestrheim in Cinema Scandinavia.
Review by Birchenough in The Arts Desk.
Review by Alistair Ryder in Film Inquiry.
Review by Rich Cline in Shadows on the Wall.
Review by Christopher Zumski Finke in The Stake.
Review by Alistair Ryder in Gay Essential.
Review by Roger Walker-Dack in Edge Media Network.
Review by Jennie Kermode in Eye for Film.
Review by Ifan Llevelyn in QX International.
Review by Alexander Dunerfors in Moviezine (in Swedish).
Review by Axel Schock in Sissy Mag (in German).