Friday, 7 November 2014

UK: Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom Available now with Sky Movies in Sky On Demand or tune in Friday, 8pm, Sky Movies Premiere

The Elba statesman

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom

Available now with Sky Movies in Sky On Demand or tune in Friday, 8pm, Sky Movies Premiere (CH 401) and Sky Movies Premiere HD (CH 431). Cert 12

On 5 December last year, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the 2013 Royal Film Performance of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. At the film’s conclusion, producer Anant Singh and star Idris Elba took to the stage to inform the assembled company that Nelson Mandela’s death had just been announced.
The timing of the great man’s passing only added poignancy to the already moving and inspirational story of his life as told in this film, an adaptation of his acclaimed 1995 autobiography. The film charts Mandela’s extraordinary journey from youthful lawyer to political activist and ultimately to statesman and president.
We meet Mandela (Elba) as a young firebrand lawyer struggling against a judicial system weighted against black people in the dark days of 1950s South Africa. Mandela is moved to more overt political activism when he is outraged by the death of a man in police custody. Joining the ANC and burning his identity papers, his life becomes one spent flitting from one safe house to another, avoiding capture by the loathed security forces.
The horrific events at Sharpeville in 1960, when 69 demonstrators (ten of them children) are shot dead by the police, convince Mandela and other ANC leaders that peaceful protest is no longer sufficient.
Arrested by the authorities and charged with treason, Mandela manages to turn his trial, potentially the low point in his life, into a triumphant platform from which to state his case against apartheid with his trademark soaring oratory.
Mandela is sentenced to life in prison on Robben Island, and the story appears to be at an end. But his greatest challenges, and his ultimate, glorious triumph, are still to come.
Idris Elba’s performance is nothing short of mesmerising, capturing not just Mandela’s familiar voice and gait, but also his warmth and his steely, unshakeable courage. Opposite him is Naomie Harris, putting in an extraordinary turn as Winnie, Mandela’s passionate, driven wife. Together, theirs is an astonishing story, and it’s all the more remarkable for being true.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

2010: Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll Photos, Trailer and Interview


Title:Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll Trailer
Description:A biography of Ian Dury who was stricken with polio at a young age and defied expectations by becoming one of the founder of the punk-rock scene in Britain in the 1970s.
Related Titles:Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll [edit]
Related Names:Andy SerkisOlivia WilliamsMat WhitecrossRay WinstoneNoel Clarke,Mackenzie CrookLuke EvansNaomie HarrisToby Jones [edit]

Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010) Official Trailer #1 - HD

Naomie Harris talks Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll

Uploaded on 10 Jan 2010

Pirates of the Caribbean actress learned to play the guitar for her part as Ian Dury's girlfriend in Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Photos: 'Frankenstein': Naomie Harris with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller

'Frankenstein': Naomie Harris
Naomie Harris stars in the stage production of 'Frankenstein.' 
'Frankenstein': Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller

'Frankenstein': Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller

Published on 8 Aug 2014
National Theatre Live’s thrilling broadcast of Frankenstein returns to cinemas for a limited time, due to unprecedented audience demand.

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Directed by Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire, London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony), Frankenstein features Benedict Cumberbatch (12 Years A Slave, Star Trek: Into Darkness) and Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting, Mansfield Park) alternating roles as Victor Frankenstein and his creation.

The production was a sell-out hit at the National Theatre in 2011, and the broadcast has since become an international sensation, experienced by almost half a million people in cinemas around the world.

Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered Creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal.

Urgent concerns of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale.