February 9th, 2012

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Britain's big talent: Evening Standard British Film Awards Winners

CONGRATULATIONS to We Need To Talk About Kevin which won Best Film at the Evening Standard British Film Awards. I loved the film and so I felt that the Award was richly deserved.

My review is here:

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The full list of winners is as follows:

BEST FILM - We Need to Talk About Kevin, directed by Lynne Ramsay
BEST ACTOR - Michael Fassbender, for Shame and Jane Eyre
BEST ACTRESS - Olivia Colman for Tyrannosaur (Mrs Rev in Rev!)
BEST SCREENPLAY - Andrew Haigh for Weekend
BEST DOCUMENTARY - Senna by Asif Kapadia
PETER SELLERS AWARD FOR COMEDY- The Guard, written and directed by John Michael McDonagh
MOST PROMISING NEWCOMERS - Tom Kingsley and Will Sharpe for Black Pond
LONDON FILM MUSEUM AWARD FOR TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT - Robbie Ryan for his cinematography on Wuthering Heights
ALEXANDER WALKER SPECIAL AWARD - John Hurt, for his contribution to cinema

Follow the link for a brilliant piece on why each of the winners won their awards:
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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

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I saw the trailer for this film in the cinema recently and it looks amazing. I am really excited about it! It stars Bill Nighy, Judi Dench and Celia Imrie who are some of my favourite actors and it is set in India.

Cut and pasted from Wikipedia:

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is an upcoming British comedy-drama film. A group of British retirees have outsourced their retirement attracted by the less expensive and seemingly exotic India. They are enticed by advertisements about the newly restored Marigold Hotel and given false dreams of a life with leisure. They arrive to find the hotel in a state of its former self. Although the new environment is less luxurious than imagined, the retirees are forever transformed by their experiences.

The film will be in UK cinemas on 24 February - I cannot wait!

The trailer is here:
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Dickens 200th Birthday Event

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On the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens, I attended this event:

Part of the event was the screening of the premieres of three new Film London-commissioned short films, inspired by the great man (each film had a running time of 5 or 6 mins): Fits and Starts of Restlessness, 80,000 Christmas Lights, and Fire.

Without wishing to put the other two films down (they were all very good), the standout film for me of the three was Fire directed by Chanya Button.

Lifted from the BFI programme notes:

On the night of 3 September 1860 Charles Dickens built a bonfire on which he burned his lifetime's correspondence. Alone with his letters, his memories and his hopes on the darkest night of his life, he reads his most private letter: a message of love and restraint from the woman he loves, the little-known actress Nelly Ternan. Nelly narrates her final ultimatum to him with strength and passion, showing us the private world of Charles Dickens through the eyes of a young woman forever hidden from his public.

I just loved this short film! It was beautiful, and moving, and riveting.

The story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens is told in Claire Tomalin's book "The Invisible Woman" which can be bought on Amazon here:

Cut and pasted from the goodreads website:
Claire Tomalin's multi-award-winning story of the life of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens is a remarkable work of biography and historical revisionism that returns the neglected actress to her rightful place in history as well as providing a compelling and truthful portrait of the great Victorian novelist.
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Travelling Light NT Live Today: Stop the blog!

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Cut and pasted from the National Theatre website:

Travelling Light
A new play by Nicholas Wright, directed by Nick Hytner

In a remote village in Eastern Europe, around 1900, the young Motl Mendl is entranced by the flickering silent images on his father’s cinematograph. Bankrolled by Jacob, the ebullient local timber merchant, and inspired by Anna, the girl sent to help him make moving pictures of their village, he stumbles on a revolutionary way of story-telling. Forty years on, Motl – now a famed American film director – looks back on his early life and confronts the cost of fulfilling his dreams.

Following Vincent in Brixton and The Reporter, Nicholas Wright’s new play is a funny and fascinating tribute to the Eastern European immigrants who became major players in Hollywood’s golden age. The award-winning Antony Sher – whose previous work with the National Theatre includes Primo and Stanley – returns to play Jacob.

Follow the link for full details on the production and to book tickets:

National Theatre Live
Travelling Light will be broadcast to cinemas across the UK and around the world on 9 February 2012 as part of National Theatre Live. Follow the link to find your nearest cinema and to book tickets:

My review of Travelling Light is here:

In summary, I highly highly higly recommend this play, and specifically this production - please do go and see it either live at the theatre or in cinemas TODAY!