On the 27th October, I did another photoshoot with an upcoming photographer, Yvette Robertshaw.
I positively loved the shoot, as it was just the sort of thing I’d always wanted to do. A bit editorial, the amazonian look which I love :) I would absolutely love to become a editorial model. The whole process is awesome. Make up did take a great amount of time, but who doesn’t love being made up? :)
The shoot was great fun and Yvette was incredibly professional and brilliant. This is a new partnership in the making :)
Sunday, 20th October, I had the brilliant opportunity to model for a project by Melissa Massey, VinatgeTeaRoses, and photographer Pzemeck Czaicki. Had the most amazing time, creating a story between a young girl and her art. Make up was done by Fawnya Frolic, a remarkably talented artist and truly lovely woman.
The experience was an amazing one, and one of my first professional modelling shoots. I learnt a lot and hoping to put it all into practice again soon.
Time has escaped me recently but today seemed a great day to write again! Although no passion will ever exceed that of my acting, the whole art world excites me and I try and dabble in all sorts - My writing, my filmmaking, my photography.
Over the past couple years, I lost touch with my photography, but slowly this year I have reignited my love for the art. And what an excellent opportunity to put myself to the test than to enter the Taylor Wessing Prize with the National Portrait Gallery.
My head was immediately exploding with ideas, many of which I explored, but then I ended up on a self portrait, which is the start of my exploration into a whole series of photographs. (So sorry, I wont be going too much into the reasons and explanations for this particular picture, but stay tuned!)
So today, I was emailed with the result of the competition and shortlists. Sadly, I did not make the top 60 photographs, but I did make the top 300, which out of 5,410 is a pretty thrilling result :) But now I have the result, I can share the image and see what you guys think :) Feedback, as usual, is very very welcome!!
Let me know what you think :) and watch this space for more photos :)
So I have been pretty absent lately. Been working a lot and sorting a lot of stuff out trying to move closer and closer to the goal! But I am back! And what a way to come back, but to share my experience of probably the best play I have EVER seen!
Peter and Alice, a Michael Grandage production, stars Dame Judi Dench, Ben Whishaw, Nicholas Farrell, Derek Riddell, Olly Alexander, and Ruby Bentall and Stefano Braschi. It tells the story of Alice Liddell Hargreaves and Peter Llewellyn Davies, who meet at the Lewis Carroll exhibition in 1932. We see our two favourite characters as real human beings. The real Peter Pan and the real Alice in Wonderland.
Their journey together, remembering and analysing their childhood, their friends, the authors, and their immortalisations takes the audience on an emotional roller-coaster. I found myself in fits of laughter and then in floods of tears. The realisation of growing up and losing one’s childhood. Alice was my inspiration, but Peter Llewellyn Davies was my truth.
The story was beautiful and enchanting. The writing and rhythm of the piece was perfection and the set design, simple in part but exquisite in reality. The direction of the piece was sublime. The movement on stage, the stillness, everything to the highest standard of superb theatre making. The performances, though, they were something else.
As soon as Ben Whishaw entered the stage - walking across in silence, fixing his hair, lighting a cigarette - you were transfixed. The air about this phenomenal actor is intoxicating. I had been mesmerised by him many times on screen, but him, in the flesh, I was almost floating. I felt so included the whole way through. Truly, as cliched as it sounds, transported. I was involved with this man, Peter, my heart beat with his. His story, resinated so close to my heart, I could hardly sit back in my seat.
Dame Judi Dench. She has a power on stage that as much as through her dialogue as through her silence you are glued to her. In the opening scene where they first encountered each other, the simple raise of her hand to her cheek sent shivers down my spine. She has a talent for detail. Her voice, is a voice that you wish you could have playing on loop for the rest of your days, and her delivery of lines is truly divine. And I don’t use that word lightly.
These two spectacular actors, never once did I think, the whole way through the performance, that I was watching Dame Judi or one Ben Whishaw. I was watching Peter and Alice. Two souls who had come together at a crucial time in their life. They met perfectly and their struggles and arguments and attempts to persuade one another were when, what seemed to be, the perfect times in their lives. These two, well, thinking about them, my eyes still fill with tears.
But the play was completed by the sheer genius of the other performers. The sadness and torment in Lewis Carroll, portrayed so excellently by the great Nicholas Farrell, was the depiction of beauty comes from tragedy. His love for Alice, so sweet but also so horrid. His struggle with himself over his feelings for this young girl, they made me weep. And Barrie, one James Barrie, so full of life, so full of the determination to make Peter young again, love life again. But the layers that slowly unravelled through the story. His love for the Davies boys, for the family. To reveal so much about a character in such a short period of time, I was in awe of these men and their abilities.
And the beautiful Ruby Bentall and Olly Alexander, what remarkable young actors. My favourite stories came to life in front of my eyes. Alice, the girl I had always wanted to be, so full of adventure and joy but also so full of sadness. She feels emotions so intensely and Bentall showed this excellently. And my first love, Peter Pan. He was the only boy I ever wanted to know in my childhood (and even now), was captured brilliantly by Alexander. His joy, his energy, his aura, so perfect, so inviting, and so heartbreaking. How we all wish to be, but how we will never be. And the charming Stefano Braschi. They say that Ann Hathaway won the oscar for her performance, because in the short amount of screen time she had, she was able to deliver such emotion and capture a whole character in such a way we would never forget. Well Braschi did the same for me. His pure presence on stage, especially his silence, was captivating. His posture, his air about him. When on stage you could not take your eyes off him. And his ability to change characters. He was two completely different people. But his scene with Barrie and Peter, performing the part of Michael Davies, how I wept. I was taken. And as he walked to the Blue Lagoon with Pan, holding each other, shivers went up my spine, goosebumps worked their way from my toes to my fingertips. I was spellbound.
These incredible actors, the brilliant script and phenomenal direction, created an experience for me that I will hold in my heart forever. Not just a theatre experience, but a life experience. I feel truly honoured and blessed that I was able to witness such beauty. If I am able to produce something half, a quarter, an eighth as enchanting, I will die a happy being. Thank you everyone who was involved in producing this piece of art. You have added something to my life that can never be taken away.
Ok, so I decided, while I am in London, at the same time as the BAFTAs, I have to go stand outside and watch people arrive. However, after standing in the rain for about an hour, the troops reluctantly retreated back into a coffee shop, where we discussed who we wanted to win what award and what we expected to win. There is nothing like awards season that truly gets people talking about movies to the same extent as I always wish to. I love it. Not that I believe everything is about awards. But because everyone just starts talking about the craft of filmmaking with such passion, which is just exciting to be a part of.
On the way back from Central London, we (my brother and myself) stopped off to grab a box of chocolates in order to play a game. Each time we predicted right, we got a chocolate. I loved it.
So, here are the awards and who won, along with whether I got it right or not J
Best Picture: Argo
Best British Picture: Skyfall
Best Director: Ben Affleck, Argo
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Best Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
Best Foreign Film: Amour, Michael Haneke, Margaret Menegoz
Best Animation: Brave, Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman
Best Cinematography: Claudio Miranda, Life of Pi
Best Editing: William Goldenberg, Argo
Best Costume Design: Jacqueline Durran, Anna Karenina
Best Sound: Simon Hayes, Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson, Jonathon Allen, Lee Walpole, John Warhurst, Les Miserables
Best Original Score: Thomas Newman, Skyfall
Best Special Visual Effects: Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer, Life of Pi.
Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer: Bart Layton (Director) and Dimitri Doganis (Producer), The Imposter
No Chocolate, but very pleased with results:
Best Actress: Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
Best Adapted Screenplay: David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Best Documentary: Searching for Sugar Man, Malik Bendjelloul, Simon Chinn
Best Production Design: Eve Stewart, Anna Lynch-Robinson, Les Miserables
Best Makeup and Hair: Lisa Westcott, Les Miserables
Best Short Animation: The Making of Longbird, Will Anderson, Ainslie Henderson
Best Short: Swimmer, Lynne Ramsay, Peter Carlton, Diarmid Scrimshaw
So, after the Baftas, I was well and truly in the mood for the Oscars. Couldn’t wait, in fact. If I’m honest, I was so excited that I signed up to Sky Movies just so that I could watch it J I wanted to play the game again, but sadly didn’t have any chocolates so took a tally!
I was thrilled with the results! Really agreed with the acknowledgments the great nominees and winners got, and this time, I was able to see pretty much ALL movies nominated.
So, for those of you who want a list of the results, here they are. I hope you are as thrilled as me, but if you disagreed with any, let me know! Love talking films, as you probably know by now!
1. Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz
2. Animated Short Film: “Paper Man”
3. Animated Feature Film: “Brave”
4. Cinematography: Claudio Miranda for “Life of Pi”
5. Visual Effects: “Life of Pi”
6. Costume Design: “Anna Karenina”
7. Makeup and Hairstyling: “Les Miserables”
8. Live Action Short Film: “Curfew”
9. Documentary Short Subject: “Innocente”
10. Documentary Feature: “Searching for Sugar Man”
11. Foreign Language Film: “Amour”
12. Sound Mixing: “Les Miserables
13. Sound Editing: “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Skyfall” (A tie)
14. Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway
15. Film Editing: “Argo”
16. Production Design: “Lincoln”
17. Original Score: “Life of Pi”
18. Original Song: “Skyfall”
19. Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio for “Argo”
20. Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantion for “Django Unchained”
So, fortunately, I was able time my two weeks in London around the time of the great Surviving Actors convention. It was a great opportunity to make a start to resolution number 5 “Go to lots of workshops”. So I booked them all. Or pretty much. Last year, I focused on the seminars and talks and this year I wanted to focus on being more active and participant orientated.
My schedule for the weekend was as followed:
The Red Door Stanislavski Method
Yoga for confidence
Beyond Stage Combat
Meisner Technique led by
Using Actioning led by
The workshops were excellent. I came out of every single one beaming! I learnt so much in the short period of time we all had but they were great tasters to what classes are out there. I am definitely hoping to join The Actors Centre when I move up to London, so I can continue training. And I really would love to work with Matt Selby and attend more of his workshops. Met some fantastic people there and truly recommend it to anyone who just wants to have a weekend of being surrounded by actors and people who appreciate their craft!
So, after many roundabout ways of trying to make the move to London, I have just decided to go for a couple weeks and find a job and a flat! My brother and I head up to Chislehurst on the 4th of February to make our fortune! I am so excited! Fingers crossed it all goes according to plan! Also, nicely coincides with Surviving Actors, and I have started working on Resolution 5 by booking pretty much all the workshops for those two days!