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BFI Education’s Nicky North retires


The legendary Nicky North, mainstay of BFI Education since the 1970s, will retire next week. Over the years, Nicky was responsible for producing groundbreaking study materials and organising events that built the foundations for the BFI’s central role in UK media education. Many of us owe her a great deal.

bfiwatch wishes Nicky a happy and fulfilling retirement.

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Nothing Like a Good News Week at ALL…oof

Gotta love the Fairy Princess…


The Fairy Princess is pleased to announce that she will be Co-Hosting the charity event, CELEBRITY DOODLES, which is held annually in Palm Springs, and benefits Desert AIDS Project on APRIL 5th, 2014.

Here is the Doodle I did for them 2 years ago –

The Fairy Princess loves Palm Springs, and she is thrilled to have been asked – she began her love affair with Palm Springs 4 years ago with the SPARKLE Concerts produced by Scott Nevins and Mark Jones, and has made many wonderful friends and had a brilliant time each and every time, so – thank you Doodles for asking, see you in April!

The Fairy Princess has not been blogging that much, because well, everything has been depressing, right?

The last few weeks, in terms of the news, have been truly, truly awful – there’s people being attacked in Russia because of the way…

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Q&A with David Henry Hwang

It was such a privilege to be there and the show is amazing…

Theatrical Geographies

Last Saturday, I was privileged to do the public Q&A with David Henry Hwang at the UK premiere of his 2008 award winning play Yellow Face at the Park Theatre in Finsbury, London. Thanks to Kevin Shen, Lucy Fenton and David for inviting me to do this!

We had 45 minutes of lively and humour filled discussion where David relayed experiences from his career, his influences as a writer, as well as – of course – a discussion about racial and ethnic minorities in theatre. David remains only one of two Asian American playwrights to be produced on Broadway (the other being Rajiv Joseph) and is a leading light for theatre makers worldwide, not simply in America. I can honestly say that reading David’s work is how I started doing my research and has influenced its development in my book. But as we discovered, it was also influential to a number…

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Ai Weiwei detained. Here is his TED film

Find Ai Wei Wei an utter inspiration. Here’s his TED talk …

TED Blog

[via YouTube]

The news that Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has been detained by authorities has prompted significant concern here at TED HQ. We had shown a film of him at last month’s conference, an unexpected and courageous statement about his treatment by the government, social change, the power of the web, and his hope for the future of China. The film, which was shown as Ai Weiwei himself watched live over the web in the middle of the night, prompted a huge standing ovation from the TED audience.

TED is a nonpartisan, nonpolitical organization, and we understand the Chinese authorities’ concern at anything which might provoke social unrest. But for anyone who believes in the power of ideas, of human imagination, it is heartbreaking to see one of the world’s great artists shackled in this way. We will be tracking developments carefully. Here is the film.

— Chris Anderson

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ES British Film Awards for 2012, Long list

Film of the year
  • The Angels’ Share (Ken Loach)
  • Berberian Sound Studio (Peter Strickland)
  • The Dictator (Larry Charles)
  • Everyday (Michael Winterbottom)
  • Ginger and Rosa (Sally Potter)
  • Great Expectations (Mike Newell)
  • Les Misérables (Tom Hooper)
  • Shadow Dancer (James Marsh)
  • Sightseers (Ben Wheatley)
  • Skyfall (Sam Mendes)
  • What Richard Did (Lenny Abrahamson)

Best actor

  • Riz Ahmed (Trishna, The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Ill Manors)
  • Charlie Creed-Miles (Wild Bill)
  • Daniel Craig (Skyfall)
  • Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
  • Colin Farrell (Seven Psychopaths)
  • Domhnall Gleeson (Shadow Dancer)
  • Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises)
  • Toby Jones (Berberian Sound Studio)
  • Steve Oram (Sightseers)
  • Clive Owen (Shadow Dancer)
  • Eddie Redmayne (Les Misérables)
  • Ben Whishaw (Skyfall)

Best actress

  • Emily Blunt (The Five Year Engagement)
  • Olivia Colman (Hyde Park on Hudson)
  • Judi Dench (Skyfall)
  • Keira Knightley (Anna Karenina)
  • Alice Lowe (Sightseers)
  • Charlotte Rampling (I, Anna)
  • Andrea Riseborough (Shadow Dancer)
  • Kristin Scott Thomas (In the House)
  • Juno Temple (Killer Joe)

London Film Festival Award for Technical Achievement

  • Anthony Dod Mantle (Cinematography, Dredd 3D)
  • Jointly: Jacqueline Durran (Costume design, Anna Karenina), Sarah Greenwood (Production design, Anna Karenina) & Seamus McGarvey (Cinematography, Anna Karenina)
  • Jonny Greenwood (Soundtrack composer, The Master)
  • David Raedeker (Cinematography, My Brother the Devil)
  • Robbie Ryan (Cinematography, Ginger and Rosa)
  • Eve Stewart (Production design, Les Misérables)
  • Ben Richardson (Cinematography, Beasts of the Southern Wild)

Best screenplay

  • Tom Bradby (Shadow Dancer)
  • Malcolm Campbell (What Richard Did)
  • Sally El Hosaini (My Brother the Devil)
  • Paul Laverty (The Angels’ Share)
  • Martin McDonagh (Seven Psychopaths)
  • Alice Lowe, Steve Oram, Amy Jump (Sightseers)
  • Sally Potter (Ginger and Rosa)
  • Peter Strickland (Berberian Sound Studio)

Peter Sellers Award for Comedy

  • The Angels’ Share (Ken Loach)
  • Chris O’Dowd (The Sapphires)
  • Seven Psychopaths (Martin McDonagh)
  • Sightseers (Ben Wheatley)
  • Harriet Walter (The Wedding Video)

Most promising newcomer

  • Ben Drew (Writer/director, Ill Manors)
  • Samantha Barks for her performance in Les Misérables
  • Paul Brannigan for his performance in The Angels’ Share
  • Sally El Hosaini (Writer/director, My Brother the Devil)
  • James Floyd for his performance in My Brother the Devil
  • Toby Irvine for his performance in Great Expectations
  • Jack Reynor for his performance in What Richard Did

Best documentary

  • Crossfire Hurricane (Brett Morgen)
  • The Imposter (Bart Layton)
  • London: The Modern Babylon (Julien Temple)
  • Marley (Kevin Macdonald)
  • Personal Best (Sam Blair)
  • Two Years at Sea (Ben Rivers)

Looking forward to the shortlist being announced in January and finding out who wins on 4th February 2013. Personally, I find some of these a bit questionable but I’m backing Everyday, Berberian Sound Studio and Sightseers nominations for the shortlist.

Via Evening Standard

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Round one: Hytner versus Miller, 1-0 Hytner

After Evening Standard awards and proposed cuts, I found this interesting…

Nicholas Hytner could be telling me about his theatre’s stellar summer, when shows in his three auditoria played to sold-out audiences. He could be talking about the fact that this week, his own production of Timon of Athens scooped an armful of trophies at the Evening Standard theatre awards. He could be talking about the show he is working on now: a pair of Alan Bennett memoirs, Hymn and Cocktail Sticks, to run this winter alongside the writer’s new play, People. He could even be telling me about the runaway success of War Horse, the hit Michael Morpurgo adaptation that is bringing in valuable revenue from its West End run.

But the man who has been artistic director of the National Theatre for nine years, presiding over a financially stable, and by common consent, artistically dazzling organisation, has no desire to talk about any of these things. Instead, this normally buoyant man is directing his considerable powers of rhetoric at more urgent matters: politics. Specifically, on questioning where the culture secretary, Maria Miller, stands on the place of the arts in British society. His fear is that the arts in England – sit “on a knife’s edge”. In his urgency to convey his anxiety, his mobile eyebrows dart, his sentences rush into great eddies of eloquence; and then he’ll pause and stare at the wall, hunting for the right form of words. He has a hint of Cassandra about him, for it is not at all clear that his dark prophecies are being taken seriously in Whitehall…

Read more on the Guardian website