Tuesday, 22 November 2011

"MY WEEK WITH MARILYN" - CREW BIOGRAPHIES

Simon Curtis (Director)
Simon began his career at the Royal Court Theatre, London where he was assistant director to Danny Boyle and Max Stafford Clark. His productions there included the world premiere of Jim Cartwright’s ROAD (which transferred to Lincoln Centre, New York with a cast including Kevin Bacon and Joan Cusack) and Sam Shepard’s A LIE OF THE MIND. Other notable productions include ROOTS by Arnold Wesker and Brian Friel’s “Making History” at the Royal National Theatre; DINNER WITH FRIENDS at the Hampstead Theatre; THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE at the Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago and on Broadway; and OTHERWISE ENGAGED by Simon Gray at the Criterion Theatre in the West End.  In 2010 he directed SERENADING LOUIE by Lanford Wilson at the Donmar Warehouse.

Curtis has been extensively linked to BBC Television and Films, and as a producer/executive producer his more than fifty credits include Judi Dench in ABSOLUTE HELL; Alec Guinness and Jeremy Irons in TALES FROM HOLLYWOOD; Kenneth Branagh in SHADOW OF A GUNMAN; Stephen Poliakoff’s Prix Italia winning SHOOTING THE PAST; Mike Nichols in THE DESIGNATED MOURNER; Vanessa Redgrave in MRS. DALLOWAY; Maggie Smith, Natasha Richardson and Rob Lowe in SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER; David Hare’s VIA DOLOROSA directed by Stephen Daldry; and Sondheim’s COMPANY directed by Sam Mendes. 

Directing for film and television include the first season of TRACEY TAKES ON… (HBO) with Tracey Ullman and Hugh Laurie; John Malkovich and Miranda Richardson in Pinter’s OLD TIMES; Hugh Grant in THE CHANGELING; Anne Bancroft in THE MOTHER; Lee Hall’s THE STUDENT PRINCE; THE SINS with Pete Postlethwaite; Rachel Weisz in MY SUMMER WITH DES; and DAVID COPPERFIELD adapted by Adrian Hodges with Maggie Smith, Ian McKellen, Bob Hoskins, Imelda Staunton and introducing Daniel Radcliffe, which won the Peabody Award 2001.  His film of TWENTY THOUSAND STREETS UNDER THE SKY with Sally Hawkins was nominated for four best drama awards, including Banff Festival 2006 and screened at the Telluride Film Festival 2006.  He directed THE AMAZING MRS PRITCHARD for BBC ONE with Jane Horrocks and Carey Mulligan, and was Executive Producer and director of Golden Globe and BAFTA-nominated FIVE DAYS with Hugh Bonneville and Janet McTeer for the BBC and HBO.

In 2007 he directed Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins, Michael Gambon and Imelda Staunton in the BAFTA and EMMY winning CRANFORD, for which he received a BAFTA nomination, and FREEZING with Hugh Bonneville, Tom Hollander and Elizabeth McGovern.

In 2008 he directed A SHORT STAY IN SWITZERLAND by Frank McGuinness, which won Best Actress Monte Carlo Festival 2009 for Julie Walters and won Broadcast Best Film 2010 and was nominated for a BAFTA.  Last year he directed the BAFTA and Emmy-winning CRANFORD 2 with a cast including Judi Dench, Imelda Staunton, Jonathan Pryce, Tim Curry, Jodie Whittaker and Tom Hiddleston.

David Parfitt (Producer)
David Parfitt has worked as an independent film and theatre producer for over 20 years. His film credits include HENRY V, PETER'S FRIENDS, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE, MARY SHELLEY'S FRANKENSTEIN, TWELFTH NIGHT, THE WINGS OF THE DOVE (both nominated for four Academy Awards), SHAKESPEARE
IN LOVE (winner of Seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and four British Academy Awards including Best Film), GANGS OF NEW YORK (Production Consultant), I CAPTURE THE CASTLE, CHASING LIBERTY and A BUNCH OF AMATEURS. 

In 2007 he co-produced, with Finola Dwyer, the critically acclaimed theatre production of ELLING at The Bush Theatre and in the West End.

Before moving into film and theatre production, Parfitt worked as an actor.

Harvey Weinstein (Producer)
Harvey Weinstein launched The Weinstein Company, a multi-media company, with his brother Bob on October 1st, 2005. TWC also encompasses Dimension Films, the genre label founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein, which has released such popular franchises as SCREAM, SPY KIDS and SCARY MOVIE.   Together TWC and Dimension Films have released a broad range of mainstream, genre and specialty films that have been commercial and critical successes, including Tom Hooper’s THE KING’S SPEECH, winner of four 2011 Academy Awards®, including Best Picture.  Since 2005, TWC and Dimension Films have released such film as GRINDHOUSE; I’M NOT THERE; THE GREAT DEBATERS; VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA; THE READER; THE ROAD;  HALLOWEEN; THE PAT TILLMAN STORY; PIRANHA 3D; INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS; A SINGLE MAN and BLUE VALENTINE,

Upcoming releases from The Weinstein Company include THE ARTIST, THE IRON LADY, CORIOLANUS and W.E.

Harvey Weinstein founded Miramax Films in 1979 with his brother Bob, naming the company after their parents, Miriam and Max. Under Harvey and Bob’s leadership, Miramax Films released some of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful independent feature films, including sixteen Best Picture nominations over a span of sixteen years: THE AVIATOR, FINDING NEVERLAND, CHICAGO, GANGS OF NEW YORK, IN THE BEDROOM, CHOCOLAT, THE CIDER HOUSE RULES, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL (LA  VITA É BELLA), GOOD WILL HUNTING, THE ENGLISH PATIENT, IL POSTINO (THE  POSTMAN), PULP FICTION, THE PIANO, THE CRYING GAME, and MY LEFT FOOT, as well  as a Best Picture nomination for THE HOURS, which was a co-production. The outstanding quality of
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During the brothers’ tenure at Miramax and The Weinstein Company, the companies’ films received 261 Oscar nominations and won 62 Academy Awards. 

Adrian Hodges (Screenwriter)
Adrian Hodges worked in journalism and film development before turning to screenwriting full time in 1990. His feature films include THE BRIDGE (Film 4) starring Saskia Reeves and David O'Hara, TOM AND VIV (Co-Scr) which won Academy Award® nominations for Miranda Richardson and Rosemary Harris, and METROLAND starring Christian Bale and Emily Watson. 

Amongst his numerous television projects is CHARLES II - THE POWER AND THE PASSION which starred Rufus Sewell and won the BAFTA award for best serial drama in 2003. He also co-created and writes the hit ITV dinosaur drama PRIMEVAL, and created and wrote SURVIVORS for the BBC. His mini-series AMONGST WOMEN was nominated in the BAFTA best serial category, and won the Grand Prix at the BANFF Television festival for best drama. It also won Best Television Drama at the Irish Film and Television Awards. His adaptation of DAVID COPPERFIELD, starring Daniel Radcliffe, won a Peabody Award. His other television projects include KAVANAGH QC (Granada Television, starring John Thaw), LORNA DOONE (BBC), ”Rome” (HBO/BBC), THE HISTORY OF MR POLLY (ITV), and THE RUBY IN THE SMOKE and its sequel THE SHADOW IN THE NORTH (BBC) based on the books by Phillip Pullman. 

He is currently working on a new version of JM Barrie's classic PETER PAN for the BBC and MEDICI for Kudos Film and TV and the BBC.

Ben Smithard (Director of Photography)
Smithard has worked on a host of critically acclaimed and popular projects.  Select highlights include Jimmy McGovern's THE STREET; Dominic Savage's FREEFALL; THE TRIP starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon; MONEY based on Martin Amis' novel; THE DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS; and Tom Hooper's THE DAMNED UNITED.  He has also won an Emmy for his work on CRANFORD.

Donal Woods (Production Designer)
Woods has been a celebrated production designer for over two decades.  For his work on the CRANFORD miniseries, Woods won a BAFTA and received two Emmy nominations.  He was also BAFTA and RTS nominated for TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH, and received his second RTS nomination for STATE OF PLAY.

Select credits include DOWNTON ABBEY, THE VIRGIN QUEEN, and ALL THE KING'S MEN.

Jill Taylor (Costume Designer)
In 2005, Jill Taylor earned an Emmy Award nomination and won a Costume Designers Guild Award for her work on Stephen Hopkins’ HBO movie THE LIFE AND DEATH OF PETER SELLERS, starring Geoffrey Rush, Charlize Theron, John Lithgow and Emily Watson.

One of her earliest film credits was 1997’s international sleeper hit THE FULL MONTY, directed by Peter Cattaneo.  That same year, she designed the costumes for Graham Theakston’s period drama THE MILL ON THE FLOSS, for which she received a BAFTA Award nomination.  

Amongst her other film credits are three Woody Allen films, all of which were filmed on location in London:  CASSANDRA’S DREAM, starring Colin Farrell and Ewan McGregor; SCOOP with Scarlett Johansson and Hugh Jackman; AND MATCH POINT, starring Scarlett Johansson and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. 

Taylor has also worked on two of Peter Howitt’s films, SLIDING DOORS and JOHNNY ENGLISH; John Madden’s PROOF; John Henderson’s TWO MEN WENT TO WAR; Simon Cellan Jones’ THE ONE AND ONLY; Fred Schepisi’s LAST ORDERS; John McKay’s CRUSH; David Kane’s BORN ROMANTIC and THIS YEAR’S LOVE; Mark Herman’s PURELY BELTER; Sam Miller’s ELEPHANT JUICE; Antonia Bird’s PRIEST and two films by Gurinder Chadha, IT’S A WONDERFUL AFTERLIFE and ANGUS THONGS AND PERFECT SNOGGING.

For television, Taylor has served as the costume designer on the miniseries THE 10TH KINGDOM and on such television films as Patrick Marber’s AFTER MISS JULIE, Stephen Whittaker’s KILLING ME SOFTLY and Antonia Bird’s SAFE.

Jenny Shircore (Make-up and Hair Designer)
Shircore has been in the industry for close to four decades working on a vast array of critically acclaimed projects.  She has been nominated for two Academy Awards, winning for ELIZABETH and she has been nominated for five BAFTAs, receiving two for ELIZABETH and THE YOUNG VICTORIA.

Shircore has worked on a variety of high profile projects, highlights include NOTTING HILL, VANITY FAIR, GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING, THE GOLDEN AGE, MRS. HENDERSON PRESENTS and CLASH OF THE TITANS.  Her most recent credits include Madonna’s W.E and BEL AMI starring Robert Pattinson.

Conrad Pope (Score)
Pope is emerging as one of the most exciting, original voices in contemporary film scoring, surprising no one who knows him or his work. Conrad has contributed to more than a hundred movies.  He has worked on films of every genre and budget, making scores that “work" in almost every style. This "in the trenches" music making, working side by side with Hollywood's top professionals---including Joe Johnston and Walter Murch on Universal's THE WOLFMAN, Scott Hicks on NO RESERVATIONS and Gary Ross on SEABISCUIT--has honed his ability to see films as a filmmaker does. Often the discussion of music in a film can seem abstract and nebulous. It is Conrad's unique work experience and dramatic perspective that has made him a valuable collaborator, able to effectively and concretely communicate with a director about the contribution music can make to their film.

Pope’s passionate commitment to telling a film’s story with persuasive and compelling music has made him one of the most “in demand” orchestrators, as well as an accomplished film composer in his own right, composing lush scores for PAVILION OF WOMEN, IN MY SLEEP, UNDER THE MOON, NEO WOLF AND GHOST SHIP. Such canny top guns as John Williams, Alexandre Desplat, James Newton Howard, Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner, Alan Silvestri, Danny Elfman, John Powell, Hans Zimmer, Don Davis, and Mark Isham have all called upon his gifts as an arranger, orchestrator and conductor.

Conrad’s musical qualifications are rare in today’s Hollywood. Classically trained at New England Conservatory, he arrived in Hollywood and proofread film scores before they were recorded, and created "soundalikes" for JoAnne Kane Music service, the predominant sheet music preparation house for motion pictures. His talent for orchestration was recognized by former Hollywood orchestrator Arthur Morton, leading to many arranging assignments of “source music” for diverse films, and orchestrating and arranging of underscore. Today, few music professionals are as esteemed as Conrad for his first-hand, comprehensive command of the many facets of film scoring and, his reputation for consistently delivering “the goods.”

The iconic hits and contemporary classic films Pope has contributed to are too numerous to list. A small sampling includes: the most recent installments of the STAR WARS films (THE PHANTOM MENACE, THE ATTACK OF THE CLONES, THE REVENGE OF THE SITH) the HARRY POTTER series, INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL, JURASSIC PARK, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, STAR TREK X, the MATRIX films, MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA, JULIE AND JULIA, THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, A CHRISTMAS CAROL and THE ADVENTURES OF TIN TIN: THE SECRET OF THE UNICORN.

Alexandre Desplat (Composer, “Marilyn’s Theme”)
Alexandre Desplat, a four-time Academy Award® nominee received his most recent Oscar® nod for his score for the Best Picture winner THE KING’S SPEECH for which he also won a BAFTA Award and earned a Golden Globe nomination.  He previously garnered Oscar® and BAFTA Award nominations for his score for the animated FANTASTIC MR. FOX; Oscar®, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations for David Fincher’s THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON and Oscar® and BAFTA Award nominations for Stephen Frears’ THE QUEEN.

In addition, Desplat won a Golden Globe Award for John Curran’s THE PAINTED VEIL and also received Golden Globe nominations for his scores for Stephen Gaghan’s SYRIANA and Peter Webber’s GIRL WITH THE PEARL EARRING.  In his native France, Desplat won the César Award for his score for THE BEAT THAT MY HEART SKIPPED which also earned him a Silver Bear from the 2005 Berlin Film Festival.  He was also nominated for a César for his score to Roman Polanksy’s THE GHOST WRITER. He has also received four more César Award nominations, including his work on the Oscar®-nominated 2009 French film A PROPHET.

His other recent film work includes THE IDES OF MARCH, directed by and starring George Clooney, HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2, Terrence Malick’s THE TREE OF LIFE, Chris Weitz’s A BETTER LIFE, HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 1, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON, THE GOLDEN COMPASS, Nora Ephron’s JULIE AND JULIA, COCO BEFORE CHANEL, and Ang Lee’s LUST, CAUTION.

Soon to be released works include CARNAGE directed by Roman Polanksy and starring Jodie Foster, Kate Winslett, Christopher Waltz and John C. Reilly and the new Stephen Daldry film, EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE starring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock.
 
Lang Lang (Pianist)
Heralded as the “hottest artist on the classical music planet” by the New York Times, the star, 29 year-old Lang Lang has played sold out recitals and concerts in every major city in the world and is the first Chinese pianist to be engaged by the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic and all the top American orchestras. 

Testimony to his success, Lang Lang recently appeared in the 2009 Time 100 – Time magazine's annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2008, over four billion people viewed Lang Lang’s performance in Beijing’s opening ceremony for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, where he was seen as a symbol of the youth and the future of China. This status has inspired over 40 million Chinese children to learn to play classical piano – a phenomenon coined by The Today Show as "the Lang Lang effect." Recognizing Lang Lang's powerful cultural influence, in 2008 The Recording Academy named him their Cultural Ambassador to China. Most recently, Lang Lang has been chosen as an official worldwide ambassador to the 2010 Shanghai Expo, and played at the opening ceremony. 

Continuing his presence on the world stage, Lang Lang was featured at the 2008 Grammy® Awards, pairing up with jazz great Herbie Hancock for an astounding performance that was broadcasted live to 45 million viewers worldwide. The two pianists continued their collaboration with an inaugural world tour in summer 2009.




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