Jeremy Irons Criticizes Slovak Police’s Behavior Against Activists

Jeremy Irons Criticizes Slovak Police’s Behavior Against Activists
By Peter Sedik
Epoch Times Staff Jun 22, 2009

TRENCIN, Slovakia—Jeremy Irons criticized action taken by the Slovak police against human rights activists during the visit of General Secretary of the Communist Party Hu on Thursday, June 18.

About one hour before Hu Jintao arrived in Slovakia last Thursday, human rights activists gathered in front of the Presidential Palace to unfold banners and peacefully appeal for freedom in China.

The pro-communists members of the Chinese delegation started to assault the demonstrators while the Slovak police watched passively and refused to intervene. The police even arrested six demonstrators.

It took multiple calls from Slovak citizens before the police would protect the peaceful demonstrators.

The British actor visited the Art Film Fest, one of the most reputable film festivals in Slovakia. He received the Actor’s Mission Award for his accomplishments. On Saturday Trencianske Teplice city fixed a bronze plaque with his name on the Bridge of Fame.

Jeremy Irons also attended the screening of the American documentary “The Power of the Powerless,” which he himself narrated. The film investigates why today many Czechs don’t want their communist past dug up. It has been 20 years since the Velvet Revolution, which led to a peaceful overthrow of the former Czechoslovakia’s communist regime.

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British actor Jeremy Irons followed the tradition of Art Film Fest, one of the largest Slovak film festivals, by fixing a bronze plaque with his name on the Bridge of Fame on June 20.


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Photos of Jeremy at the Ballets Russes Press Night

Jeremy Irons attends English National Ballet’s centenery celebration

Chanel’s Lagerfeld puts the fashion back in ballet

By Katy Taylor and Terry Kirby Last updated at 11:06am on 17.06.09

It was a case of high fashion both on and off stage at Sadler’s Wells last night.

A glamorous first-night audience turned out for English National Ballet‘s centenery celebration of the legendary Ballet Russes, with some of the costumes designed by Karl Lagerfeld.

Among those in attendance were Lagerfeld’s muse Amanda Harlech, milliner Philip Treacy and Jasmine Guinness.

Also present were actors Damian Lewis and his wife Helen McCrory, Richard E Grant and Jeremy Irons.

“It was fabulous,” Lewis enthused, while the new Dr Who, actor Matt Smith, described it as ”wonderful”.

“They’re absolutely fabulous,” said Jo Wood, estranged wife of Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood. “If I had my time again I’d definitely be a ballet dancer.”

The performance was made up of four dances, including the Dying Swan. It also included the world premiere of Faun(e), a re-imagining of Nijinsky’s L’apres-midi d’un Faune, by internationally acclaimed choreographer David Dawson.

Lagerfeld’s designs for the principal dancers in The Dying Swan and another dance, Apollo, continue a tradition begun by Coco Chanel, whose Parisian fashion house he now heads.

Last night The Dying Swan was danced by Elena Glurdjidze, the senior principal dancer with the ENB, wearing a tutu designed by Lagerfeld using ostrich and a variety of other bird feathers. The four-minute dance was originally created for the legendary Anna Pavlova.

In Apollo, the principal dancers, real-life husband and wife Thomas Edur and Agnes Oaks, wore costumes based by Lagerfeld on classical Greek designs. Chanel herself was a close friend and benefactor of Sergei Diaghilev, who founded the Ballet Russes in 1909.

She created the original costumes for Apollo in 1929 and had an affair with its composer, Igor Stravinsky.

As well as Chanel and Nijinsky, Diaghilev collaborated with other major choreographers, composers, artists and dancers including Pavlova, Picasso, Debussy and Matisse.

Two of the original Ballet Russes dancers, Dame Alicia Markova and Anton Dolin, went on to become founders of the ENB.

The Ballet Russes season continues until Saturday.

Jeremy on jury for ICCL Film School Competition

Film on Irish transgender person wins rights award


Fri, Jun 12, 2009

A FILM telling the true story of an Irish transgender person was presented with a human rights film award in Dublin last night.

American actor and film-maker Rebecca Miller was among the well-known film world figures at the gala for the Irish Council for Civil Liberties’ (ICCL) Human Rights Film School competition.

Winning short film My Identity was directed by Vittoria Colonna. The documentary tells of the battle and discrimination faced by transgender person Lee and the impact which his identity had on his daughter Siobhán.

“I challenge anyone to watch the winning film and retain a shred of prejudice against transgendered people,” said jury member and film-maker Kirsten Sheridan.

She was joined on the jury by people from the film and human rights world including Rebecca Miller, director Jim Sheridan actors Jeremy Irons and Sinead Cusack and Senator David Norris.

My Identity was among six finalist films screened at the Light House Cinema last night. They ranged in topics from migration and war, to poverty and identity.

The short films were in animation and documentary formats. The competition helped to bring human rights to a wider audience, said ICCL director Mark Kelly.

Migration was the theme of two of the short animated films. Aimed at children, Team Spirit explored the issues faced by a boy from Darfur who is a refugee in Ireland. Pirogues examined the impact of borders on the lives of two couples.

The documentary Children of Manila told the story of three street children in the Philippine capital and revealed the hope that education can provide.

Irish-based documentary, 8 Things to Remember, explored the work of plane spotters at Shannon airport. Since 2003 they have been documenting landings by US military aircraft on their way to Iraq and Afghanistan.

A Life Inside the Frame is a stop-motion animated short exploring the struggle of an outsider to break free from societal constraints.

© 2009 The Irish Times

Art Film Fest to Welcome Romantic Lover and Sad Intellectual Jeremy Irons!

10 June 2009
Press Release


He considered a career as a veterinarian, but failed the entrance exams. He cleaned houses and maintained streetside plants. And finally, he became one of the world’s best-known actors, awarded with the most prestigious prizes.

The illustrious Jeremy Irons has accepted our invitation to Art Film Fest, and on Saturday, 20 June, he will personally accept the Actor’s Mission Award and fix a brass plaque bearing his name to the Bridge of Fame in Trenčianske Teplice.

Through the years of his prolific acting career, this star of films such as Lolita, Die Hard: With a Vengeance, The Man in the Iron Mask, and Damage has performed alongside such renowned performers as Meryl Streep, Ben Kingsley, Liv Tyler, Juliette Binoche, Glenn Close, Melanie Griffith and Rachel Weisz. Irons has portrayed romantic lovers, torn intellectuals and even psychopaths.

In the film Lolita (1997) he flawlessly portrays Professor Humbert, who smoulders with devastating desire for his very young stepdaughter. This film adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov’s novel of the same name was directed by romantic drama specialist Adrian Lyne, who has films such as Fatal Attraction and 9 1/2 Weeks under his belt. Today, many readers of Lolita cannot imagine the mad, miserably enamoured professor as anyone other than Irons.

Jeremy Irons was born on 19 September, 1948 in the small town of Cowes, on the Isle of Wight, Great Britain. He received his acting education at Bristol’s Old Vic School, and after graduating he accepted an engagement with their travelling theatre troupe. His first step towards a stable acting career was performing in serials such as The Pallisers (1975) and Love for Lydia (1977). His breakthrough role could be considered the biographical film of the renowned dancer Nijinsky (1981), where Irons played famed choreographer Mikhail Fokine.

He drew considerable attention with his second film, The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981), where he acted alongside Meryl Streep. Here he portrays two spiritually connected people – an intellectual and a lover, who fall in love with a mysterious woman. These roles were perfectly suited to Irons’ temperament, and he was their ideal performer, thanks in part to his elegant, even patrician features and striking eyes.

Irons also lent his mournful face to other roles of fated lovers. On the silver screen he has succumbed to the love of numerous ladies: Patricia Hodge in Betrayal (1982), Ornella Muti in Swann in Love (1984) and Juliette Binoche in Damage (1992).

The first significant acknowledgement of Irons’ work came in 1984. For his role in the Broadway production The Real Thing, where he performed with Glenn Close, he was granted the prestigious theatrical prize the Tony Award. Four years later, he received a Best Actor award from the New York Film Critics Circle Award for his double role as twin-brother gynaecologists in the picture Dead Ringers.
In 1990, he earned the most prestigious film award, an Oscar, as well as a Golden Globe for Best Actor for his role in the film Reversal of Fortune, based on true events, where he played an aristocrat accused of twice attempting to murder his wife.

Irons excelled in the picture The Mission (1986) with Robert De Niro, where he took the role of a Jesuit missionary who attempts to spread Christianity among Amazonian natives and puts stake in their defence.

Irons has also visited Prague, thanks to the filming of Kafka (1991), the fictitious picture inspired by the writer Franz Kafka, a Prague native. The film was directed by the famed Steven Soderbergh, who entrusted Irons with the lead role as Jewish bureaucrat Kafka. During his stay in Prague, Irons also acted in the film version of Václav Havel’s The Beggar’s Opera, shot by Jiří Menzel.
Irons remembers meeting Jiří Menzel for dinner and asking him if he could act in Menzel’s film. Menzel invited Irons to do so, so he came, and they dressed him and made him up. They filmed the scene in two hours and Irons was paid twenty-five dollars. It was a fantastic collaboration according to Irons, who recounted it during his 2005 stay in Bratislava, when he was a guest of the TOM 2004 awards ceremony. He also visited Bratislava in 1991, on his way from the Prague filming to Berlin. He spent one day in Slovakia, buying an accordion and pictures.

Irons’ wife is actress Sinéad Cusack. They acted together in Bernardo Bertolucci’s Stealing Beauty (1995), which was also the final film of popular French actor Jean Marais.
Irons’ name is also connected with Hollywood. He played the main villain, craving money and revenge, in Die Hard: With a Vengeance, alongside Bruce Willis. In The Man in the Iron Mask he portrayed Aramis, whose undergoes a religious conversion. His co-actors in that film included John Malkovich and Gérard Depardieu. In Ridley Scott’s epic Kingdom Heaven, he is reincarnated as Commander Tiberias. And he took the role of an evil wizard in the film adaptation of the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons.

Irons’ hobbies include riding horses and motorcycles, skiing and gardening.


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Jeremy Irons attends Cherry Orchard afterparty

Jeremy Irons attended the Press Night performances of The Cherry Orchard and Winter’s Tale at the Old Vic, on Tuesday 9 June 2009.

An afterparty was held at The Buddha Bar in London.  Some of those in attendance included Kevin Spacey, Ethan Hawke, Sam Mendes, Sinead Cusack, Rebecca Hall, Andrea Corr, Ryan Shawhughes (wife of Ethan Hawke), Josh Hamilton, Peter Hall, Emma Hall, Alan Yentob, Tom Stoppard, Simon Russell Beale and  Fiona Shaw.


Jeremy Irons and Simon Russell Beale - photo by Dave M. Bennett/Getty Images

Jeremy Irons and Simon Russell Beale - photo by Dave M. Bennett/Getty Images

Sinead Cusack and Jeremy Irons - photo by Dave M. Bennett/Getty Images

Sinead Cusack and Jeremy Irons - photo by Dave M. Bennett/Getty Images

Jeremy Irons and Ethan Hawke - photo by Dave M. Bennett/Getty Images

Jeremy Irons and Ethan Hawke - photo by Dave M. Bennett/Getty Images

Sam Mendes and Jeremy Irons - photo by Dave M. Bennett/Getty Images

Sam Mendes and Jeremy Irons - photo by Dave M. Bennett/Getty Images