David Tennant Voices Short Film For New Mobile Streaming App Alexander

David Tennant is one of an all-star cast of actors contributing audio performances to a new streaming app, Alexander.

Alexander is the new home for original international non-fiction stories, created by the world’s best storytellers, read by A-list acting talent and accompanied by a super short film interpretation by a celebrated filmmaker.  A new English-language feature is released on the app to subscribers every fortnight. The audience can toggle between the written text and the audio performance within the story.

Alexander has been conceived and created by veteran film producer Cameron Lamb. Writers include Colum McCann,  Xiaolu Guo, Chigozie Obioma, Carlo Rovelli and Valeria Luiselli. As well as David Tennant, other audio performances are by Helena Bonham Carter, Richard E. Grant, Bill Nighy, Vanesa Kirby,  Dan Stevens,  Daisy Edgar-Jones, Ṣope Dìrísù and Nathalie Emmanuel, among others.

In addition to new original features, Alexander also includes a curated library of historical non-fiction stories that have stood the test of time.

David’s audio performance is Dugong by J.M. Ledgard, with a short film by Russ Murphy. 


“What is it to be a non-human life form on Earth right now?”It is not a fish, not a dolphin, not a whale. It is lunar, hypersensory. It is the subject of rumour, legend and ritual. Journalist and novelist JM Ledgard goes in search of the strange and elusive Dugong, landing on jungle-green islands in propeller planes and hammering across aquamarine oceans in speedboats. He encounters those who hunt and study a creature that has been undertaking its yogic breathing for 35 million years, discovering a subtle, complex being. From this Yoda animal, a visionary Ledgard finds optimism for the future: can we mesh human, animal and artificial intelligences to co-evolve?

Watch a clip here:

The Alexander app is available by subscription on iOS and downloadable on the App Store from today. Monthly subscription rates begin at $3.99/£3.99 following a 14-day complimentary trial. The app will be available for Android in early 2021.

Check out the Alexander website for some specially commissioned portraits of the writers and voice artistes.