'I have a spotlight. People listen to me.' John Connors on his controversial award speech

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John Connors won best actor at the Irish Film and Television Awards recently for his role in Cardboard Gangsters. His speech addressed a number of issues including discrimination against Travellers, suicide and how creativity saved his life and has been watched over 1 million times on Facebook alone. He speaks with Guardian journalist Iman Amrani about class, his journey into acting and what he plans to do next.
Warning: contains strong language
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In the UK, Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123. In the ROI, Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is 13 11 14. Other international suicide helplines can be found at www.befrienders.org.
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View the video at https://www.theguardian.com/culture/video/2018/feb/27/i-have-a-spotlight-now-people-listen-to-me-john-connors-on-life-after-his-viral-speech

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