Jeremy Irons, Sinead Cusack and Max Irons Participate in the Macmillan Cancer Support ‘Follow the Stars’ Christmas Special

‘Follow the Stars’ is a Christmas carol concert, brought to you from the splendour of Oxford’s Christ Church Cathedral by a team of fantastic volunteers in Oxford.

While you’re watching at home, spread the festive cheer and donate to help us support all the people with cancer who need our vital services now more than ever: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraisin…

Join us for some Christmas sparkle as we enjoy performances and readings from our stellar cast of renowned musicians and celebrities. Our wonderful cast includes Joanna Lumley, Stephen Fry, Sinead Cusack, Toby Jones, Jeremy Irons, Greg Wise, Benjamin Zephaniah, and many more. Watch out for the nation’s favourite, ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’ by chorister Paddy Armstrong, Roderick Williams’ spell-binding recital of ‘The Three Kings’ and many other funny, poignant and heart-moving performances from much-loved actors, poets and musicians.

This concert will be streamed free for all from its premiere on Friday 11th December at 8pm until 31st December.

We would like to give our special thanks to the following organisations for their big-hearted donations and continued support: Cazenove Capital, Oxford BioMedica, and Tacit Investment Management.

Jeremy Irons and Sinead Cusack Read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas in Support of The Mill at Sonning

From Sally at The Mill at Sonning:

“The Mill has had so many stops & starts over the last few months. Now it is onwards & upwards. Thank you for your support during this challenging year. You have been amazing.

I have conspired, with actors and friends, to put together a little Christmas entertainment for you. We have thrown everything cute into the mix from falling snow and beloved pets, to Christmas jumpers and Christmas trees. Even my Grandson has a tiny part. The cast – and what a cast! – have been so inventive when filming their lines at home. Lucy Fleming, Simon Williams, Tam & Danny Williams – 3 generations of Williamses !! Roz & Brian Blessed with doggie Milo. Jeremy Irons & Sinead Cusack. Two lovely actresses who often grace The Mill’s stage Elizabeth Elvin and Amber Edlin. And my good friend all the way from the USA – one of the original Ghostbusters – Ernie Hudson. Plus a final wave from my 2 year old grandson, Quint Okupniak Rolston. The piece has been beautifully illustrated by The Mill’s scenic artist Natasha Elcox. You will be charmed by the whole thing.”

Jeremy Irons on the Set of Munich

Jeremy Irons has recently been filming Munich, based on the novel by Robert Harris, in Germany and in the UK. Jeremy plays former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain.

Jeremy Irons Joins Gucci Film

Source – Deadline

Jeremy Irons is set to join the A-list ensemble of MGM’s Gucci movie that Ridley Scott is directing. Lady Gaga is attached to star as Patrizia Reggiani, the ex-wife of Maurizio Gucci who was tried and convicted of orchestrating his assassination on the steps of his office in 1995. She served 18 years in jail before being let out in 2016.

Irons joins a cast that includes Adam Driver, Jared Leto, Al Pacino, Jack Huston and Reeve Carney.

It is the first project Lady Gaga has attached herself to since her Best Actress nomination in a breakout turn opposite Bradley Cooper in 2018’s A Star Is Born. She won an Oscar for the song “Shallow,” one of a number of hits on the soundtrack. MGM landed rights to the Gucci package back in April with plans to go into production after Scott finished shooting The Last Duel, which goes back into production next week.

Scott’s partner Giannina Scott long has been passionate about the cinematic prospects for a film about the tumultuous Gucci family fashion dynasty and the murder of the grandson of founder Guccio Gucci. Scott, the actress-producer best remembered onscreen for playing the wife of Maximus (Russell Crowe) in the Scott-directed Gladiator, has produced with him a number of passion projects that include the Will Smith starrer Concussion and Liam Neeson starrer Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House, both directed by Peter Landesman. She originally brought the Gucci project to Scott.

The pair have been companions since meeting on his 1996 film White Squall,and they married in 2015. She also co-produced Matchstick Men and was a producer on Tristan & Isolde.

Maurizio Gucci had two daughters with Reggiani, but he left her for another woman. She’d had a brain tumor removed, and her children blamed it for her actions; the media took a darker view during a sensationalized affair, depicting her as a hot-blooded woman scorned and dubbing her “Black Widow.” She originally drew a sentence of 29 years.

The Gucci murder tale is scripted by Roberto Bentivegna, based on Sara Gay Forden’s book The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed. Scott Free Productions and Kevin Walsh are also producers on the film.

Irons most recently starred in HBO’s blockbuster limited series Watchmen, earning an Emmy nomination, and is currently in production on Netflix’s Munich, an adaptation of Robert Harris’ acclaimed novel, playing British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlin.

He is repped by CAA.

Jeremy Irons’s Marks & Spencer Christmas Advertisement

Christmassy cheesy goodness coming your way! Jeremy Irons presents a festive cheese selection, from the delicately creamy Collection Luxury Truffle Brie to the rich and subtly crunchy 3-Year Old Cornish Cruncher Cheddar. Because this is not just cheese, this is M&S cheese.

And the best bit? With Jeremy’s help, Marks & Spencer is donating £2 million to good causes this Christmas.

“I am so proud that merely by my endorsement of some great food, M&S is supporting both kids in Kolkata who have so little, and sick people in rural Ireland to get emergency help. I congratulate M&S on their inspiring campaign and hope it leads to further humane initiatives, as we battle against and emerge from this Global Pandemic.” – Jeremy Irons

Jeremy’s chosen charities are The Hope Foundation and Irish Community Rapid Response.

Jeremy Irons Narrates ‘A Love Letter to Venice’

A documentary short film narrated by Jeremy Irons thanking Save Venice supporters and showcasing the beautiful places, people, and patrimony that make our preservation work essential.

Hear from: Paola Marini, Art Historian and President, Association of International Private Committees for the Safeguarding of Venice; Giovanni Cucco, Mosaic Conservator; Gabriele Matino, Art Historian and Save Venice Research Fellow; Greta Sartorato Student, Istituto Veneto per i Beni Culturali; Marcella Ansaldi Director, Museo Ebraico di Venezia; Alberto Nardi, Save Venice Board Member and Owner, Gioielleria Nardi; Frederick Ichman, Chairman, Save Venice; and Tina Walls, President, Save Venice

Produced by Magnet Media Films. Filmed in Venice by Ginko Films. Additional Venice footage by Illumina Films. Filming and broadcast permissions authorized by the Ufficio Beni Culturali of the Curia Patriarcale di Venezia.

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Save Venice Inc. is the leading American nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the artistic heritage of Venice, Italy. Since 1971, Save Venice has worked tirelessly to preserve, protect, and promote the art and culture of Venice and has funded the conservation of more than 550 projects comprising over 1,000 individual artworks. In 2015, Save Venice established the Rosand Library & Study Center in Venice, creating a nexus for the research of Venetian art, history, and conservation. Save Venice also provides grants for fellowships, exhibitions, and publications to advance Venetian scholarship and conservation.

https://www.savevenice.org/

TRAILER: Love, Weddings & Other Disasters

Jeremy Irons and Diane Keaton star in Love, Weddings & Other Disasters, out December 4, 2020 in theaters and On Demand and Digital.

Jeremy Irons Reads ‘The Hunting of the Snark’ for the Isle of Wight Literary Festival

Jeremy Irons reads Lewis Carroll’s famous nonsensical poem. The plot follows a crew of ten trying to hunt the Snark, which may turn out to be a highly dangerous Boojum. The poem is dedicated to young Gertrude Chataway, whom Carroll met at the English seaside town Sandown in the Isle of Wight in 1875.

Jeremy Irons Reads ‘Kindness’ by Naomi Shihab Nye

To mark National Poetry Day on October 1, 2020, Jeremy Irons reads ‘Kindness’ by Naomi Shihab Nye, in support of Kidasha.

Jeremy is an old friend of Kidasha’s and a huge supporter of their work helping street children, victims of abuse and struggling families in Nepal.

To raise awareness of the uphill battle we continue to face under life in a global pandemic, and remind us to hold onto the hope we need to overcome them, Jeremy kindly and beautifully read Kindness by Naomi Shihab Nye.

To learn more about Kidasha and the work they do to support children living in extreme poverty in Nepal, please visit their website here: https://bit.ly/30NtG9P

Jeremy Irons to Open Isle of Wight Digital Literary Festival

Text via onthewight.com

The Red Funnel Isle of Wight Digital Literary Festival is delighted to announce that the Cowes born, multi-award-winning actor Jeremy Irons will be opening the digital festival on Friday 9th October at 7pm.

Irons will read Lewis Carroll’s nonsense poem The Hunting of the Snark (An Agony in Eight Fits).

Boojum and Snark
Irons’ reading brings Carroll’s enigmatic nonsense poem to life. The Hunting of the Snark describes the voyage of a bizarre crew of nine tradesmen and a beaver on their quest for the elusive and mysterious Snark, who lives in the sea and might be a dangerous, deadly Boojum.

The poem is a backward one with Carroll writing the last line of the poem first. Written in 1874 while caring for his sick cousin and godson the finished poem wasn’t published until 1876.

The Hunting of the Snark has been chosen for its Island connection:  the book is dedicated to Gertrude Chataway and opens with a poem that uses her name as a double acrostic. Carroll met the nine-year-old Gertrude on the beach in Sandown in 1875.

Esteemed career in the The Arts
Irons has a rich and much-lauded career in theatre, film and television. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1990 for his performance as Claus von Bulow in Reversal of Fortune.  

He was awarded Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe and Emmy for his role in the television miniseries  Elizabeth I (2005) alongside Helen Mirren. He went on to play Pope Alexander in the Showtime historical series The Borgias (2011), and portrayed Henry IV in the BBC Two series The Hollow Crown opposite Tom Hiddleston. 

Irons may be best known for his role as Charles Ryder in the cult TV series Brideshead Revisited (1981). Most recently he starred alongside Regina King in the HBO series WATCHMEN, the revamp led by Damon Lindelof.

Free digital festival

  • Decide the talks you want to see – check out the programme
  • Take a note of the day and the time of each talk. It’s free; you don’t need to register, book a ticket or reserve a seat
  • A few minutes before the talk go to the Literary Festival Website
  • Follow the link on the homepage to Watch the 2020 Digital Festival

Ankers: Can think of no better person to open our festival
Maggie Ankers, chair of the Red Funnel Isle of Wight Literary Festival, said,

“We can think of no better person to open our digital literary festival than the much respected actor Jeremy Irons.

“Jeremy’s connection to the Island and those of Carroll’s poem are a great start to a literary weekend that offers something for everyone.”


News shared by Janet on behalf of the Isle of Wight Literary Festival. Ed