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Jay Brooks and the cast of This Is England 90 suffered an acute attack of action painting for Shortlist magazine.  Thomas Turgoose, Vicky McClure and Joe Gilgun got splattered in a Pollack styled nod to the cover of the first Stone Roses album.  Why?  Because the series is set against the background of ‘Madchester’ and the rave scene so Stone Roses are, unsurprisingly, a big part of the soundtrack.

This is England 90 is the last installment in director Shane Meadows legendary saga of growing up working class in England in the 1980’s which began with the feature film set in 1983.  Although he never planned to make a TV series out of his most successful film, once he’d started doing so, he knew he wanted to get to the 90s. He had a vision of an opening shot of someone putting an ecstasy tablet on to someone else’s tongue.

‘Yeah that does happen.’ he told Miranda Sawyer in The Guardian. ‘There are four episodes in This Is England 90, and the summer episode is when the E thing kicks off. It’s not cool, though. At one point I thought, Yeah, I’ll hire 50,000 extras and get a proper rave going. But then I thought, No. In real life, the first time I went to a rave I got lost and ended up at a Pagan festival by mistake. And This Is England is like an antidote to cool, it’s like, this is what actually happened, and it was a bit wank.’

This Is England 90 airs on Sunday 13th September at 9pm.

Jay Brooks was commissioned to picture Nadiya Hussain, the super bright – in every sense – winner of 2015’s Great British Bake Off, for the cover of You magazine.

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Since winning Bake Off, the extraordinary Nadiya has had the most incredible year.  So remarkable in fact that the Daily Telegraph chose to list her achievements under the title ’10 Inspiring Things Nadiya Hussain has done since winning GBBO.  And here they are:

1 Written a cookbook.  And it’s not all cakes, it has Asian savouries too!

2 Written a children’s cookbook.  It features stories and child friendly recipes and is dedicated to Nadiya’s three children, Musa, Dawud and Maryam.  It features photographs of them throughout, is generally rather lovely by all accounts and is out soon.

3 Spoken out about racism.  Her comments about how she had come to “expect” racism highlighted just how horrifically ingrained such experiences can become. But she also displayed moving resilience, and a determination to focus on the positive.

“I don’t retaliate. I feel like there’s a dignity in silence, and I feel that if I retaliate to negativity with negativity then we’ve evened out,” she explained. “And I don’t need to even that out, because if somebody’s being negative I need to be the better person.”

4 Landed her own TV show.  New two part series The Chronicles of Nadiya starts tonight on BBC One, and will follow the Bake Off winner as she travels to Bangladesh, where her parents were born and where large parts of her extended family still reside. Part cookery show, part travel diary, Chronicles will see Nadiya travel to her family’s village and cook for a relative’s wedding feast.

5 She’s a magazine columnist.  She’s writing for The Times Magazine and is planning to revive the swiss roll!

6 She’s been reunited with the woman who taught her to bake.  Her secondary school home economics teacher Jean Marshall who got her “hooked” on baking, sparking a passion for traditional British puddings and sponges.

7 She’s baked a birthday cake for the Queen.

8 She’s been named as one of the most influential people in Britain by Debretts.

9 She’s getting remarried so that she can have a party – her first wedding in Bangladesh wasn’t a lot of fun

10  And she’s moving to Milton Keynes!  (Not entirely sure that is really inspiring)

And she has been on Desert Island Discs.

Quite a year!

 

To celebrate the epicurean delight that is National Burger Day we present the six best looking burgers captured by our own ‘burger king’ Mr Scott Grummett in the last twelve months.  The burgers themselves are the work of the very great folk at Honest Burgers.

At number 6 : The festive Christmas Special with Cranberry and Camenbert

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Schunkeling in at 5 : The Oktoberfest

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At a fiery 4 : The Quesadilla

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At 3 wake up to : The Muffin Breakfast Burger

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Down to the bayou for 2 : The Cajun

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It had to be, at number 1 : The Classic Honest Cheeseburger with Fries

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Judges decisions are final, however we wish to point out that they do not reflect Honest Burgers company policy or any kind of burger favouritism inside the organisation.

 

Lurpak invited Scott Grummett to shoot their latest campaign focusing on the simplicity and naturalness of butter.SG-LURPAK-blog3SG-LURPAK-blog1SG-LURPAK-blog4SG-LURPAK-blog2

But what can you say about butter?  It’s lovely on fresh bread, it’s the making of toast and without it jacket potatoes are not edible are three things you can say.  Another thing is, as the Lurpak campaign says, that it never has more than three ingredients and they are all natural.

Jay Brooks was tasked with photographing the high energy cast of the Bugsy Malone revival at the Lyric theatre in Hammersmith.

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Set in 1920s New York, Bugsy Malone is not your typical gangster story because the musical’s cast is made up entirely of kids. Three sets of under-16s share the seven lead roles, accompanied by a 14-strong ensemble aged between 16 and 22 who perform every night. As you’d expect there are plenty of gangland shootings, but the youthful gangsters wield splurge guns, which shoot custard pie foam instead of bullets. During the shoot Jay was ‘lucky’ enough to experience this first hand, getting ‘pied’ by the cast.

Based on the film of the same name, Bugsy Malone follows the rivalry between two half-witted street gangs and a washed up yet well-meaning boxer named Bugsy Malone. It has been over 10 years since Bugsy Malone was seen on stage and so Lyric have focused on updating the show. For example, director Sean Holmes has decided to let the children sing their own songs. In the film, adult actors’ voices were dubbed over top.

“What’s interesting about the film is that it’s not cute or sentimental,” says Holmes. “It’s really witty and ironic. It values the energies of the kids and it doesn’t patronise them. It felt like the perfect fit for the Lyric.”

Nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Music Revival, Bugsy Malone is not to be missed. Closing on September 4th, there is not much time left to see the smash stage hit. Tickets are on sale now for both evening and matinee shows. Get in quick.

 

Ray Burmiston has once again collaborated with comedian Ricky Gervais, shooting the promotional material for his new film, David Brent: Life On The Road.

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Ricky Gervais’ character David Brent gained notoriety as the general manager of the Slough branch of Wernham-Hogg paper merchants in the critically acclaimed series The Office. The show ran from 2001 – 2003.

David Brent: Life On The Road follows Brent 15 years later as he travels up and down the country living his dream of being a rock star, or at least attempting to. In true David Brent style, things don’t go quite to plan. “He thinks it’ll be like [Martin] Scorsese filming The Rolling Stones, but it turns out to be a ‘where are they now’ documentary,” Gervais has said.

“I’m so excited that the world will see what David Brent is up to now and where his future lies,” Gervais continues. “This film delves much more into his private life than The Office ever did and we really get to peel back the layers of this extraordinary, ordinary man.” Gervais wrote, directed and stars in the film.

Ray has a long history with Ricky Gervais – previously photographing the star for many of his comedy DVDs and TV shows. These include Extras, An Idiot Abroad, Life’s Too Short and Derek.

David Brent: Life On The Road has received positive reviews from critics. The Telegraph has declared it as ‘Ricky Gervais at his toe-twistingly funny and poignant best’. It will be released in cinemas nationwide on August 19.

Earlier in the summer Scott Grummett was commissioned by The Times in association with Marks and Spencer for their Eat Well campaign.

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‘The plan for the Eat Well campaign,’ according to Scott, ‘was to shoot some lovely bloggers cooking using M&S pre prepared ingredients. Some shoots can provide a real challenge, balancing a film crew with stills for one. But the biggest was shooting a bbq during a tropical monsoon (of sorts) and keeping the whole thing bright, vibrant and sunny in it’s appearance. Keep an eye out in The Times for more images coming soon.’

Pip continued his fruitful creative relationship with award winning country duo The Shires travelling with them to Spain to shoot images for their forthcoming second album ‘My Universe’.

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The Shires, Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes, are English, formed after Ben posted ‘there must be a country singer out there’ on Facebook and Crissie responded.  They have the distinction of being the first British act to be signed by Universal Music Group Nashville, the bastion of country music in the US.  They are now the most successful country act the UK has ever had – by a country mile. Their first album ‘Brave’ sold well around the world and they also gathered a shelf full of awards.

This is Pip’s second album shoot with The Shires, he shot the cover of the ‘Brave’ album in a London studio.  This time they shot on locations in and around Madrid harnessing the atmosphere and warm dusty light of the Spanish summer.  Art direction was by the very great Rob O’Connor at Stylorouge who will be overseeing the design of the project. The album, called ‘My Universe’, will be out in October.

 

Liam Arthur collaborated with stylist Alice Timms on this new work inspired by the Autumn / Winter 2016 trend for dark floral prints.

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Alice described the plan, “we created a set and shot the story amongst the rich colours of jungle leaves and flora to enhance the beauty and moodiness of the prints on the clothes.”

Hair – Romin Sartipi
Make up – MJ Goditoc
Model – Gabi @ Next

Imbibe, the beverage bible and ultimate drinks magazine, asked Scott Grummett again to shoot some more cocktails for them.ImbibeImbibeImbibeImbibe

“This time around it was Cocktails at Home, a feature written by the lovely Laura Foster focusing on one spirit at a time to use whilst entertaining guests in your own house. This time around it was all about whisky or as the Americans may know it SCOTCH.”

Pip photographed actor and fashion designer Sadie Frost for the Lynn Barber interview in The Sunday Times Magazine.

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The shoot took place at Wilton’s Music Hall in the east end of London where Sadie is rehearsing for a new play, Britten in Brooklyn, which opens at the end of August.

Here’s some of the feature by Lynn Barber. “The play actually sounds very interesting. It’s about a period from 1940 to 1941 when Benjamin Britten, WH Auden and Carson McCullers (author of The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter) were all sharing a house in Brooklyn, along with the stripper Gypsy Rose Lee. Sadie, of course, plays Gypsy. “She’s a great character and has a very sparky wit. She’s known as a showgirl, but there’s this other side to her — she wrote a wonderful memoir and also wrote a bestselling novel during this time called The G-String Murders. But she probably felt a bit in Carson McCullers’s shadow, so there’s this very intense relationship between the two of them. Obviously, I’ve got to work on the accent.””

Read the full article here.

Hair by Shivaughn Murphy

Make up by Sara Menitra