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Jay Brooks contributed the portrait of Rory Kinnear that forms the base of the ‘very Wiemar’ poster for the National Theatre’s new production of The Threepenny Opera.
The show’s website promises that it contains immoral behaviour and filthy language. It follows the adventures of the evil MacHeath, Mack the Knife, played by Rory Kinnear, through the low life of 18th Century London. Originally based on John Gay’s The Beggars Opera it was translated into German by Elizabeth Hauptmann, adapted for the German stage by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill and now has been newly translated into English again by Simon Stephens for the NT.
The poster echos the photomontages created in the 1930s by the German dadaist and anti-Nazi campaigner John Heartfield.
‘In photography, bokeh (originally /ˈboʊkɛ/, /ˈboʊkeɪ/ BOH-kay — also sometimes pronounced as /ˈboʊkə/ BOH-kə, Japanese: [boke]) is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. Bokeh has been defined as “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light”.’
Bokeh demonstration by Pip.
Gavin Watson provides the pictures for the June issue of Men’s Health’s story about the return of the ‘wider trouser’ – so it’s RIP skinny jeans.
As MH puts it, ‘It was inevitable. After more than a decade of slim-fit hegemony, wider cuts are rediscovering favour. Skinnies may still hog the high street, but from runway big-swingers (notably Topman Design) to modish design houses (see Acne Studios), looser silhouettes are dominating new collections. This is to be embraced: not only are they more becoming, wide legs offer a freedom of movement skinny jeans simply can’t. You just need to follow some basic rules.’
Styling by Eric Down with hair by Ernesto Montenovo and make up by Marijelle Moreno.
With the new series of Peaky Blinders about to launch, Ray Burmiston was commissioned to shoot Helen McCrory, one of its stars.
Peaky Blinders, for anyone who doesn’t know ( there may be some ), is an epic gangster drama set in 1920s Birmingham and Ms McCrory plays the part of Polly Grey, ‘Aunt Polly’, the second in command and eminence gris of the notorious crime family led by Tom Shelby (Cillian Murphy). Her character is tough, ruthless and very sexy and has played a big part in the show’s huge success – this is series three – rooted in its combination of sex (again), violence, brilliantly atmospheric and smokey sets and ferocious hair cuts. The show’s title refers to the practice amongst the Birmingham mobsters of the day of hiding razors in the peaks of their caps which they then used as weapons.
Helen McCrory’s other credits are legion with a vast amount of work in film, on TV and on the stage. She has won several shelves full of awards and has appeared as Medea at the National, in Sam Mendes’ productions of ‘Twelfth Night’ and ‘Uncle Vanya’, as Cherie Blair, and as Malfoy’s mum in ‘Harry Potter’. She had never appeared in the circus however before this photoshoot.