Photos and more from the US/UK Exchange

Photo by Ben Carpenter

Photo by Ben Carpenter

Photo by Ben Carpenter

At the Old Vic New Voices US/UK Exchange launch on 23 February, Jeremy Irons read from TS Eliot’s Four Quartets .

Many thanks to Corinne Furness, who attended the launch, for this account of the event:

“Jeremy Irons was introduced at the event as representing the T S Eliot foundation (who are sponsoring the exchange) who had asked him to read some of Eliot’s work. He was clean shaven and had his trousers tucked into a pair of boots!

Before he did the reading he told a story about going to New York for the first time: He was filming on a boat on the way back from New York but it meant he had a few days in New York. He was walking down Madison Avenue and asked someone where Fifth Avenue was – the man replied ‘what do you think I am – an information bureau?’ which he thought was a brilliant line (Only Jeremy got the punch line of that wrong to start with saying ‘what do you think I am – an employment agency?’ and then joked that he was thinking ahead of himself). He then said he went into a shop and there was a man talking as he bought a cigar and all that Jeremy could think was ‘everyone here talks like they’re in a movie’ and, subsequently, that for a long time whenever he had to do an American accent he thought he sounded like he was in a movie and that there was something disingenuous about it.

He then went on to say that he’d read Eliot’s poetry before with Eliot’s widow Valerie and that he ‘must have done something right’ as they seemed to like it. He then read from the first section of Four Quartets (‘Burnt Norton’, part 3) before saying that he had to leave to go rehearse!”

According to the Old Vic New Voices twitter feed, over 400 people were in attendance at the launch.

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Jeremy Irons part of TS Eliot US/UK Exchange at Old Vic

Jeremy Irons and James Earl Jones have been confirmed as guests for the 2010 TS Eliot US/UK Exchange programme for the Old Vic New Voices.

More details will soon be available at http://www.oldvictheatre.com/ovnv.php

The New Voices Club is a year-round professional development programme for actors, directors, writers and producers, aged 18-25, living in London. We also run a sister programme in New York, the New Voices Network, for 21 to 30 year old practitioners. Members must demonstrate an exceptional talent, a deep commitment to a career in theatre and a passion for peer collaboration.

The Club and Network offer support for members to realise projects that they are passionate about, and host a dynamic series of workshops, talks and networking events.

The annual highlight is our T.S. Eliot US/UK Exchange – an expansion of our old Exchange program, that now offers 50 British and 50 American artists the chance to explore theatrical life on the opposite side of the Atlantic.

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At the Old Vic New Voices US/UK Exchange launch on 23 February, Jeremy Irons read from TS Eliot’s Four Quartets .

Many thanks to Corinne Furness, who attended the launch, for this account of the event:

“Jeremy Irons was introduced at the event as representing the T S Eliot foundation (who are sponsoring the exchange) who had asked him to read some of Eliot’s work. He was clean shaven and had his trousers tucked into a pair of boots!

Before he did the reading he told a story about going to New York for the first time: He was filming on a boat on the way back from New York but it meant he had a few days in New York. He was walking down Madison Avenue and asked someone where Fifth Avenue was – the man replied ‘what do you think I am – an information bureau?’ which he thought was a brilliant line (Only Jeremy got the punch line of that wrong to start with saying ‘what do you think I am – an employment agency?’ and then joked that he was thinking ahead of himself). He then said he went into a shop and there was a man talking as he bought a cigar and all that Jeremy could think was ‘everyone here talks like they’re in a movie’ and, subsequently, that for a long time whenever he had to do an American accent he thought he sounded like he was in a movie and that there was something disingenuous about it.

He then went on to say that he’d read Eliot’s poetry before with Eliot’s widow Valerie and that he ‘must have done something right’ as they seemed to like it. He then read from the first section of Four Quartets (‘Burnt Norton’, part 3) before saying that he had to leave to go rehearse!”

According to the Old Vic New Voices twitter feed, over 400 people were in attendance at the launch.

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‘Georgia O’Keeffe’ on DVD 27 April 2010

Georgia O’Keeffe (2009)
Joan Allen (Actor), Jeremy Irons (Actor), Bob Balaban (Director) | Rating: NR | Format: DVD

List Price: $24.94
Price: $17.49 from Amazon.com

This title will be released on April 27, 2010.
Pre-order now from Amazon.com.

Product Details

* Actors: Joan Allen, Jeremy Irons
* Directors: Bob Balaban
* Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD, Widescreen, NTSC
* Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
* Number of discs: 1
* Rating: NR (Not Rated)
* Studio: Lifetime
* DVD Release Date: April 27, 2010
* Run Time: 89 minutes

Face Booth – Jeremy Irons

Click below to play Jeremy’s Face Booth video:

In 1998, the photographer Alistair Morrison came up with an intriguingly simple idea. To mark the coming millennium, he would invite famous people from all walks of life to take their own photographs in the kind of photo booth the rest of us use for passport snaps. Then he would ask them to attach a suitable message for the future and display them as a portfolio of images, to solicit donations towards children’s charities administered by Unicef.

His idea centred on identity. “One of the key themes of this millennium,” he says, “is the fact that we all have an identity and we all have a right to our say. The passport photograph is a universal means of establishing your identity and we were also asking people to identify themselves through the message they give to the world.”

More than 800 people were initially approached over a two-year period and with a lot of persistence, hundreds of celebrities from Martin Amis to Frankie Dettori, from Tom Cruise to Henry Kissinger, from Tom Hanks to Jessye Norman, from Darcey Bussell to Margaret Atwood agreed to take part. The results, which were published in a special issue of the Telegraph Magazine, featured not only established stars, but rising talents such as Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Rachel Weisz and Rufus Sewell.

The project has already raised £350,000 for Unicef. Now, as we reach the start of another decade, Morrison has returned to it, in order to collect more funds for Children’s Emergency Fund. “It feels as if it is ingrained in my soul,” he says. “A new decade felt like a good opportunity to revisit some of the old faces and find some fresh ones, too.” To that end, followed by a Sky Arts documentary team, he chased across New York to catch up with Jude Law whose career has taken off in the intervening years. He photographed Jeremy Irons once more, older but still unmistakable. He captured the cast of the new movie Nine, including Penelope Cruz.

One thing that is noticeable about the new portraits is the way the technology has changed: photographs taken in today’s photo booths, such as the one of Daniel Day-Lewis, are digital and of exceptional quality. But even in the age of the camera phone, the appeal of walking into a small booth and precisely controlling the image that emerges has remained strong. “What they liked,” says Morrison, “was the element of control. It is less like having your picture taken than taking a self-portrait.”

To donate to the Children’s Emergency Fund, call 0800 037 9797 quoting Telegraph or log on at www.unicef.org.uk/reflect or use the coupon right. ‘Face Booth’ is on Sky Arts at 8pm on January 2 and repeated on February 7.

Supported by:

www.thedorchester.com

www.photo-me.co.uk

www.boothnation.com

www.photoboothca.com

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