‘Their Finest’ to Premiere at TIFF 2016

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“…Jeremy Irons turns up for a delicious cameo…”

Their Finest will have its World Premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.

It will screen on Sunday, September 11, at Roy Thomson Hall at 3:30pm. (Gala Presentation)

Additional screenings include:

Monday, September 12th at The Princess of Wales Theatre at 3:00pm

Tuesday. September 13th at Sciotabank Theatre Cinema 01 at 9:30am (Press & Industry)

Wednesday, September 14h at Sciotabank Theatre Cinema 02 at 9:45am (Press & Industry)

Saturday, September 17th at the Visa Screening Room at the Elgin Theatre at 11:45am

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Danish filmmaker Lone Scherfig (An Education, The Riot Club) directs a sterling British cast — including Gemma Arterton, Bill Nighy, Jack Huston and Richard E. Grant — in this period comedy-drama about a group of filmmakers struggling to make an inspirational film to boost morale during the Blitz of London in World War II.

Director Lone Scherfig (An Education) returns to the Festival with this rousing romantic comedy set in Britain’s wartime film industry. Featuring a cast teeming with some of the UK’s most charismatic comedic actors, Bill Nighy and Richard E. Grant among them, Their Finest is about boosting morale in a period of national — and personal — crisis.

Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton, who also appears at the Festival in Orphan and The Girl With All the Gifts) is a “slop” scriptwriter, charged with bringing a female perspective to war films produced by the British Ministry of Information’s Film Division. Her current project is a feature inspired by stories of British civilians rescuing soldiers after the retreat at Dunkirk. Catrin’s artist husband looks down on her job, despite the fact that it’s paying the rent. At least lead scenarist Tom Buckley (Sam Claflin) appreciates her efforts.

While on location in Devon, Catrin begins to come into her own and earn the respect of her peers. She’s the only crewperson that Ambrose Hilliard (Nighy), a past-his-prime yet nonetheless pompous actor, will talk to.

Based on the novel Their Finest Hour and a Half by Lissa Evans, the film pops with witty banter and flows with lovely period detail. The characters are uniformly textured and the performances nuanced. Nighy is perfectly cast in his endearingly withering role, and Jeremy Irons turns up for a delicious cameo. It is, however, Arterton’s show. She brings subtlety, intelligence, and a range of beautifully gauged emotions to Catrin, whose path to self-renewal is an inspiring example of a talented woman forging her place in the world.

Jeremy Irons Reads Robert Browning Poetry

The Poetry Hour has added recordings of Jeremy Irons reading Robert Browning’s poems Porphyria’s Lover, My Last Duchess, Memorabilia, A Toccata of Galuppi’s and A Light Woman to their audio archive.

Visit their website for the full text of the poems.

Click on the audio players below to listen:

Porphyria’s Lover

Memorabilia

A Toccata of Galuppi’s

A Light Woman

My Last Duchess

Visit The Poetry Hour’s website to also hear poems recorded by Max Irons and Sinead Cusack.

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Jeremy Irons Stars in ‘Their Finest’

Jeremy Irons has a small role, as the Secretary of War, in the film Their Finest, directed by Lone Scherfig. The film is based on the 2009 novel Their Finest Hour and a Half by Lissa Evans.

The film will have a Gala Presentation at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.

TIFF runs from 8th to 18th September. The exact dates, times and locations of the Gala Presentations will be released on 23rd August.

[No confirmation yet on whether Jeremy will be in attendance at TIFF this year.]

Jeremy filmed his role in Their Finest, at the end of September 2015, in Wales.

Read more about the film on IMDb

Read more at the TIFF website.

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Jeremy Irons Photographed by Clay Enos

Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice photographed by Clay Enos.  Clay Enos was the on set stills photographer for Batman v Superman.

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Jeremy Irons Named Chancellor of Bath Spa University

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Bath Spa University has announced that Jeremy Irons has accepted the position of Chancellor. It is the first time in its history that the University will have a Chancellor.

Photograph: Jeremy Irons

The news was announced by Vice-Chancellor of Bath Spa University, Professor Christina Slade who said:

“Creativity is at the heart of Bath Spa University. Through his vast experience in the arts Jeremy Irons will bring unique insight to Bath Spa University and influence our vision to be the leading university for creativity, culture and enterprise.

“I look forward to working closely with Mr Irons in his new role and the opportunities this new relationship will afford the University.”

Jeremy Irons has a long and illustrious career in film, television and theatre. He trained at the Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol and first performed on stage in 1969. He has appeared in numerous productions in both the West End of London and on Broadway winning a Tony Award for Best Actor for his role in The Real Thing in 1984.

His performance in TV series Brideshead Revisited resulted in his first Golden Globe Award for Best Actor and he won a further Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor and an Emmy Award for his performance in Elizabeth I.

His numerous film credits include Kafka, Dead Ringers, Lolita, The Man in the Iron Mask, The Lion King, Die Hard with a Vengeance, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Reversal of Fortune for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor.

Speaking about his appointment, Jeremy Irons said:

“I am delighted and honoured to have been elected the first Chancellor of Bath Spa University. I look forward to playing a part in the University’s growing success and international renown.

“Being a believer in the importance of integrated education I am delighted to see the education and research happening at Bath Spa moving in this direction. Having been educated at Sherborne, trained and apprenticed at the Bristol Old Vic including a run at the Theatre Royal Bath it feels right for me to accept this role.

“I hope that my international visibility will be a further aid in attracting students from both this country and overseas. I look forward to my tenure.”

The Chancellor is the ceremonial figurehead of the university and plays an important ambassadorial role for the University.

An investiture ceremony will take place in the autumn when Jeremy Irons will formally be installed as Chancellor of Bath Spa University.

Jeremy Irons at the Ryedale Festival

Jeremy Irons was the Artist in Residence at the 2016 Ryedale Festival. Jeremy read T.S. Eliot and appeared alongside The Heath Quartet, who performed selections by Beethoven.

Review from The York Press

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A Meeting of Minds: T.S. Eliot and Beethoven’s Late Quartets I
Long Gallery, Castle Howard – 19 July 2016

Jeremy Irons (reader)
Heath Quartet

Beethoven – Quartet no. 12 in E flat (op. 127)
T.S. Eliot – Burnt Norton
Beethoven – Quartet no. 13 in B flat    (op. 130)


A Meeting of Minds: TS Eliot and Beethoven’s Late Quartets II

St Mary’s Church, Birdsall, Malton, North Yorkshire – 20 July 2016

Jeremy Irons (reader)
Heath Quartet

TS. Eliot – East Coker
Beethoven – Quartet no. 14 in C sharp minor (op. 131)


A Meeting of Minds:

T. S. Eliot and Beethovens
Late Quartets III

Church of St Michael le Belfrey, High Petergate, York – 21 July 2016

Jeremy Irons (reader)
Heath Quartet

T. S. Eliot – The Dry Salvages
Beethoven – Quartet no. 15 in A minor (op. 132)


A Meeting of Minds:

T. S. Eliot and Beethoven’s Late Quartets IV

The Saloon, Duncombe Park, Helmsley, York – 23 July 2016

Jeremy Irons (reader)
Heath Quartet

Beethoven – Quartet no. 16 in F major (op. 135)
T. S. Eliot – Little Gidding
Beethoven – Grosse Fuge (op. 133)


Jeremy Irons Photographed by Marella Oppenheim

Marella Oppenheim is a freelance photojournalist.  She worked as an actress for over 30 years, including appearing in Brideshead Revisited with Jeremy Irons. She has remained great friends with him.

Marella is now working on a long term project on ‘Actors Preparing’ and her prints are available for purchase on her website – www.marellaoppenheim.com

Please take the time to visit her website and discover all of her amazing work.

Check back with this post weekly to see an additional image of Jeremy by Marella Oppenheim.

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Photo by Marella Oppenheim. Taken at the Bristol Old Vic – April 2016.

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Photo by Marella Oppenheim. Taken at the Bristol Old Vic – April 2016.

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Photo by Marella Oppenheim. Taken at the Bristol Old Vic – April 2016.

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Photo by Marella Oppenheim Taken at the Bristol Old Vic – April 2016

 

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