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Jeremy Irons was among the guests at Westminster Abbey, on Monday 24 October 2011, for Lady Saatchi aka Josephine Hart’s memorial service. The Irish-born British writer, theatrical producer and television presenter who was married to Maurice Saatchi sadly passed away at the age of 69 from ovarian cancer on 2 June, 2011.
(October 25, 2011 – Photos by Bauer Griffin)
Oscar-winning actor, Jeremy Irons, has come on board as ambassador for the new Cork Screen Commission (CSC), which will launch at the Cork Film Festival on November 11th.
Irons (The Borgias, Die Hard: With a Vengeance, Lion King) has signed up to be an ambassador for the organisation which aims to promote Cork as a filming location, and to service the needs of productions filming in Cork.
Irons has spoke of his love of Cork saying ”I was attracted to Cork by its end-of-the-roadness, by its culture, its music, by its landscape and by the way the waters knit into the land. When I discovered Cork, which was 23 or 24 years ago, I thought it was sort of like paradise!”
The Oscar nominated actor praises the natural advantages of Cork as a filming location saying ”I think the light here, with the water and the colours of the landscape is cinematic. Even on grey days, it’s good for cinema because the light is so balanced. But we get spectacular days here also. There’s a beautiful variety to Cork; the landscape is very different from West to East, you have Cork City, of course, and some spectacular mountains to the North.”
Irons also highlighted the ease of transport and the highly skilled labour force available in Cork. Jeremy’s role as an ambassador for Cork Screen Commission is to help attract more film work to the area. Jeremy Irons currently lives in West Cork.
The Cork Screen Commission will be officially launched on November 11th during the Cork Film Festival, when its official website http://www.corkscreencommission.com will also go live.
Global food price volatility will be the focus of World Food Day celebrations in Rome on Monday which will also address the issue of massive farmland purchases by rich countries in the developing world. Read more HERE.
At the Ceremony on the Occasion of World Food Day, on Monday 17 October 2011, Jeremy Irons will be named the FAO Goodwill Ambassador. Read the Programme of Events HERE.
The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has named as previous Goodwill Ambassadors U.S. actress Susan Sarandon, Canadian singer Celine Dion and Senegalese music legend Youssou N’Dour and U.S. Olympic track and field star Carl Lewis.
Watch Jeremy’s video in support of the FAO’s campaign 1billionhungry.org:
UPDATED POST: EXCLUSIVE! Audio of Jeremy’s reading of excerpts from the Book of Isaiah from King James Bible: The People that Walked in Darkness, recorded live at the National Theatre 21 October 2011. The clip is approximately 1 hour in length.
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Jeremy wore grey. Dark grey trousers, grey shirt and vest, and a long scarf which was beige or whitish. Plus brown boots. Prior to Jeremy reading, Simon Bubb, Maureen Lipman, Prasanna Puwanaraajah, and Emily Taaffe read excerpts from the Book of Esther for about 20 minutes.
You read it here FIRST! As confirmed by the National Theatre today, Jeremy Irons will at the Lyttelton Theatre at the National on Friday 21 October 2011 as part of the cast of “King James Bible: The People that Walked in Darkness”.
The National Theatre will be taking part in the 400th anniversary celebrations for the King James Bible. An ensemble of leading NT actors, directed by Nicholas Hytner, James Dacre and Polly Findlay, will read twelve extracts from the Book that changed the world.
Jeremy Irons, William H. Macy, Edie Falco and Laura Dern were part of Bravura Television, a panel discussion, moderated by Tad Friend, at the 2011 New Yorker Festival on 1 October 2011 at 4:00 p.m. EST.