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Jay Brooks created the images for the poster and the press campaign for Zoonation’s madcap hip hop production of The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party opening soon at The Roundhouse.

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The show, a co-production between the Royal Ballet and The Roundhouse, will open at the end of December and run for most of January 2017.

Set in a ‘mental health facility’, Zoonation’s hip hop version puts a twist on Lewis Carroll’s classic tale of Alice and her adventures in their own exuberant and yet accessible style.  Originally staged at The Royal Opera House in 2014, it was written and is directed by Zoonation’s founder and director Kate Prince with music by DJ Walde and Josh Cohen.

ZooNation creates irresistible narrative hip hop dance theatre. The company has won nationwide acclaim with its hugely popular shows, including Into the Hoods and Some Like It Hip Hop. Playfully drawing on everything from Shakespeare to Sondheim, Artistic Director Kate Prince and her company present brilliantly exuberant dance adventures overflowing with energy and wit.

 

Jay Brooks created the images for the poster and the press campaign for Zoonation’s madcap hip hop production of The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party opening soon at The Roundhouse.

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The show, a co-production between the Royal Ballet and The Roundhouse, will open at the end of December and run for most of January 2017.

Set in a ‘mental health facility’, Zoonation’s hip hop version puts a twist on Lewis Carroll’s classic tale of Alice and her adventures in their own exuberant and yet accessible style.  Originally staged at The Royal Opera House in 2014, it was written and is directed by Zoonation’s founder and director Kate Prince with music by DJ Walde and Josh Cohen.

ZooNation creates irresistible narrative hip hop dance theatre. The company has won nationwide acclaim with its hugely popular shows, including Into the Hoods and Some Like It Hip Hop. Playfully drawing on everything from Shakespeare to Sondheim, Artistic Director Kate Prince and her company present brilliantly exuberant dance adventures overflowing with energy and wit.

 

Jay Brooks shot Lenny Henry in a gangster style for the forthcoming Donmar  Warehouse production of ‘The Irresistible Rise of Arturo Ui’.

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Sir Lenny will play the eponymous Arturo in the play by Bertolt Brecht, a satire on the rise of Hitler set in the gangster world of 1930s Chicago where the dictator collides and coalesces with Al Capone.

With its savage critique of demagoguery and the corruption and manipulation of power it has a message for our times:

If we could learn to look instead of gawking,
We’d see the horror in the heart of farce,
If only we could act instead of talking,
We wouldn’t always end up on our arse.
This was the thing that nearly had us mastered;
Don’t yet rejoice in his defeat, you men!
Although the world stood up and stopped the bastard,
The bitch that bore him is in heat again.

The National Theatre hired Jay Brooks to shoot these powerful black and white portraits of the key cast members of The Red Barn, the new play by David Hare.  Based on the novel, La Main, by Georges Simenon, the play is a tense psychological thriller set in a farmhouse in a frozen New England and the cast features Mark Strong (A View from the Bridge) and Hope Davis (God of Carnage) and Elizabeth Debicki who starred with Tom Hiddleston in ‘The Night Manager’.

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Signalling the official start to Autumn, Strictly Come Dancing 2016 is back on our screens next week, starting Friday 23rd September! Prepare yourself for cozy nights in front of the TV with these dazzling images of the contestants and judges, shot by Jay Brooks. And remember, keeeeep dancing!

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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.

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

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TBWA commissioned Liam Arthur to shoot this sensitive campaign on coping with illness for one of the agency’s major international pharmaceutical clients.

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Jay Brooks produced this brilliant,  almost surreally regal image of the very fabulous June Whitfield to accompany her interview with You magazine.

The nation’s second most famous nonagenarian – she’s the same age as the Queen – is publicising Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie in which she revives her TV role as the smart and sceptical mother of the perpetually adolescent and permanently drunk fashion diva Edina Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders).

In the Ab Fab interview she shows an appropriately detachment to modern show biz and its stars and celebrities, some of whom have cameos in the film: Kate Moss is seen quaffing champagne and smoking a fag; Kim Kardashian turns up, as do Harry Styles and Rebel Wilson. Did June get to meet any of them?

‘I haven’t heard of Rebel. I know Kim is a model. I don’t want to name anyone else as they’re supposed to be a surprise.’

What about Vogue cover star Alexa Chung, who is also rumoured to appear?

‘Alexa who?’ she says.

Absolutely extreme styling by Natalie Read.

Ab Fab: The Movie is out on 1st July.

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Ray Burmiston shot Euros behind the scenes at the BBC’s extravagant ‘Les Mis’ style shoot for the trailer to publicise the coverage of the Euros 2016 Championship in France.

As we said in a previous post, the shoot took place in the Painted Hall of the Royal Naval College at Greenwich, which with its gold and mural encrusted walls provided a suitably opulent background.  A dozen presenters, including Gary Lineker, Gabby Logan, Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand and Thierry Henry, and around one hundred of extras were all clad in period costume featuring fabulous frocks, powdered wigs and acres of brocade.

It was major feat for the costume and hair make up departments to create so many different looks.  Though some of them may not have been completely based on history. ‘Have you seen the lady the pink and blue wig?  She looks like a lollipop,” asked head make-up designer Wakana Yoshihara. “That was my inspiration!’

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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.

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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.

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The Boston Globe asked Jay Brooks to picture comedian and Twitter lord Rob Delaney for their cover to coincide with the launch of the hilarious Catastrophe (series 2) in the USA.

Here are some things about Rob you may not know.

He was raised in Marblehead, Massachusetts.

In 2010, Paste magazine named him one of the ten funniest people on Twitter.

In May 2012, he became the first comedian to win the ‘Funniest Person on Twitter Award’ at The Comedy Awards hosted by Comedy Central.

His book Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage. was published by Spiegel & Grau in November 2013.

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Jay Brooks has photographed Javone Prince for The Suicide, the new production at the National Theatre.

Here’s how the NT describes the show.

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Things are getting tough for Sam. No job, benefits stopped and stuck in a tiny flat with his girlfriend Maya and her mum. The pressure is building. It feels like there might be only one way out.

But every ending is a beginning and there are plenty of people keen to capitalise on Sam’s momentous decision. From corrupt local politicians to kids trying to raise the number of views of their online videos, everyone wants a piece of Sam’s demise. It scarcely matters what Sam actually wants. Faced with the promise of immortality, what’s his life worth?

Suhayla El-Bushra takes the satiric masterpiece by Nikolai Erdman and smashes it into urban London. It’s provocative and very funny, bringing live music and fast-paced humour to the Lyttelton.

Javone Prince (E4’s PhoneShop, BBC Two’s The Javone Prince Show, Statement of Regret at the NT) plays Sam.

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Rebecca Miller photographed Saoirse Ronan and her red carpet stylist Elizabeth Saltzman in London for The Hollywood Reporter.  It was part of the magazine’s annual round up of awards season fashion, about who wore what and who styled them and who made it to the THR list of ‘The 25 Most Powerful Stylists in Hollywood.’

Elizabeth was ranked this year at number 4 and has in the past dressed Gwyneth Paltrow and Uma Thuman.  She began working with Saoirse, who at 21 has already been nominated for two Oscars, this year and with great success but only after she had faced the challenge of Saoirse’s Irish name.

Saltzman: “My first time meeting Saoirse, I thought, ‘How am I going to say her name? What am I going to do? I’ll just call her ‘babe.’ ” (It’s pronounced “Ser-sha.”)

Ronan: “I’m glad you didn’t — I remember one time I was working with a photographer, and he kept calling me angel, and it really pissed me off.”

Elizabeth goes on to describe the high pressure process of getting the right dress for the Oscars. “We got a lot of pitches, but Francisco Costa just got it” says London-based Saltzman, a former Vanity Fair editor. Because of Ronan’s New York rehearsal schedule for The Crucible, the stylist conducted the fitting at midnight before the Oscars: “Saoirse put on the emerald, and the room stopped — her mom, her aunt, her hairstylist, Adir. … You felt the oooh,” recalls Saltzman. Adds Ronan of her carpet experience this past year: “Everything has felt like me but kind of pushing me out of my comfort zone.”

Rebecca photographed Elizabeth and Saoirse at The Soho Hotel in London and Saoirse’s dresses are by Tom Ford and Christopher Kane.

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The first episode of Wolfblood Series 4 aired on 8th March and Ray Burmiston was commissioned by the BBC to shoot the cast of the CBBC fantasy drama.

Supernatural post-production by Mikel at the BBC.

 

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Congratulations to Alicia Vikander on winning the Oscar for best supporting actress for her role ‘The Danish Girl’Jay Brooks photographed her at the British Independent Film Awards as part of a project commissioned by the event’s organisers.

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For the second time in two months, Jay Brooks has photographed Matthew Perry.  This time it was for The Times, for its Saturday Magazine accompanying an interview with Matthew timed to coincide with the opening of his play ‘The End of Longing’ in the West End.

Matthew Perry is, of course best known for his role as Chandler Bing in‘Friends’, still the most successful TV sit com of all time with its huge audience figures and apparently eternal repeats.  120 episodes are aired each week in Britain alone.  His current project is more of a personal passion, he both wrote and stars in the play, he seems happy to be on a smaller stage and is philosophical about fame.

“I will never have the success I had when I was on Friends; that will never happen again. TV has changed so much that audiences will never be that big again. The Big Bang Theory is the number one sitcom; it gets half what Friends did.” He loves Alan Partridge, was a great fan of The Office and would “love to do something on British television. I am in a situation where I guess I don’t need to work, but I do need to work. I need to be doing something, but I am not interested in fame any more.”

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Jay Brooks photographed actor Stanley Tucci at the British Independent Film Awards as part of a project commissioned by the events organisers.  The image was used in the Evening Standard in connection with another event – The Evening Standard Film Awards – at which Mr Tucci will be presenting the award for the best comedy.

Stanley Tucci is probably best known for his starring role as Caesar Flickerman in the Hunger Games series and currently he can be seen in the conspiracy drama Spotlight.  He writes cookery books too!

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Jay Brooks shot the poster for the Donmar Warehouse production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses featuring its stars Elaine Cassidy, Janet McTeer and Dominic West.  The show opened in mid December but from January 28th it can be seen on the National Theatre’s Live service in a cinema near you.

Directed by Josie Rourke (Coriolanus) it is based on Choderlos de Laclos’ novel of sex, intrigue and betrayal in pre-revolutionary France which scandalised the world in 1782. Two hundred years later, Christopher Hampton’s irresistible adaptation swept the board, winning the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Play.  Josie Rourke’s revival now marks the play’s thirty year anniversary.

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Ray Burmiston shot the portraits for Billionaire Boy. Catherine Tate and Warwick Davies (above) were part of a stellar cast in this hour-long adaptation of David Walliams’ book shown on BBC One on New Year’s Day.

Billionaire Boy is the story of Len, who makes a billion from inventing a new toilet roll, and his 12 year-old son Joe, who appears to have everything he could want – but what he really needs is a friend.

The cast includes John Thomson (The Fast Show, Cold Feet) as Joe’s dad, Len, who invents a new toilet roll – Bumfresh – making him millions. Catherine Tate (Doctor Who, The Catherine Tate Show) is Sapphire Diamond, a 40-something hand model who still likes to pretend she’s 21 and is dating Len for his money.  Playing Joe’s shy and very nervous head teacher is James Fleet (Vicar Of Dibley, Partners In Crime), while Rebecca Front (The Thick Of It) plays Joe’s firm but fair opera-loving teacher.

Warwick Davis (Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi, Harry Potter, Life’s Too Short) plays himself, in the role of the family’s celebrity butler. Joe is played by Elliot Sprakes in his first major TV role.

David Walliams (Little Britain, Big School, Britain’s Got Talent) plays Mrs Trafe, a dinner lady at Joe’s school who is described as ‘dirty and old’ and ‘dreadful at cooking’.

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Matthew Perry, who starred as Chandler Bing in the legendary ‘Friends’, will be treading the boards of the West End in the new year in his self-penned play ‘The End of Longing’.  Jay Brooks, the go-to man to photograph Hollywood illuminati when they hit the London stage, took the picture.

‘The End of Longing’ opens at the The Playhouse Theatre in February 2016.

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The painful but hilarious Peep Show returns to Channel4 for its ninth and final series this week, and to mark the fact Jay Brooks was asked to shoot its stars, Robert Webb and David Mitchell, for Shortlist magazine.

The idea for the feature was for the two actors to pick their favourite and funniest moments from the Peep Show archives but as soon as they slipped back into their roles as Croydon’s oddest couple they had a row.  Of course they did!

Anyway here are a few classic Peep Show moments

1.“Fancy dress? It’s like a joke for people with no sense of humour” (Mark, Series 7, episode 6).

2. “I suppose doing things you hate is the price you pay to avoid loneliness.” (Mark, Series 3, episode 2).

3. “A new boiler. Surely the least enjoyable way to spend £1,000. At least throwing the money out of the window you’d see the scrabbling mass, the hate-filled faces.” (Mark, Series 6, episode 2).

4. “If text kisses were real kisses then the world would be an orgy!” (Mark, Series 6, episode 6).

5. “Why do the people who want to talk about things always win?” (Jeremy, Series 3, episode 4).

6. “No, not the Hootenanny. Never the Hootenanny.” (Jeremy, Series 7 episode 6).

7. “[Politicians] should be more honest. You know, if they were more honest, then maybe people would vote and not switch straight over when the news comes on.” (Jeremy, Series 1, episode 4).

8. “Let’s face it, we’re all falling apart piece by piece. Doesn’t matter if you’re single or in a couple. You. Are. Going. To. Die.” (Mark, Series 1, episode 3).

9. “Socks before or after trousers, but never socks before pants, that’s the rule. Makes a man look scary, like a chicken.” (Mark, Series 1, episode 2).

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10. “People like Coldplay and voted for the Nazis. You can’t trust people” (Super Hans, Series 3, episode 2).

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Dad’s Army the movie will, as it says on the poster, be ‘reporting for duty’ in February 2016 but the poster images shot by Jay Brooks are out now.

In the roles of Captain Mainwaring and his men it features an extraordinary stellar company of British acting talent including Bill Nighy as Sergeant Wilson, Tom Courtney as Corporal Jones and Michael ‘Dumbledore’ Gambon as Private Godfrey.  It even has Catherine Zeta-Jones as Private Pike’s mum!

As Jay remembers, the shoot was a big day out in Bridlington. ‘Catherine Zeta-Jones was first, followed by a delivery of guns, replica of course, but eight World War Two rifles with their own munitions expert. Next was Bill Nighy and a box of moustaches followed by Toby Jones, some tin hats, some leather boots, Michael Gambon and the camouflage.

Tom Courtney, Daniel Mays and Blake Harrison quickly joined the party, followed soon after by Bill Paterson and the binoculars.

By noon we had 8 great British actors all under one roof and an armoury big enough to mount an invasion of a small English village.’

Dad’s Army is a Universal Pictures production and opens on February 5th next year

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The producers of #Strictly Come Dancing commissioned Ray Burmiston to produce these glittering and glamourous images of the couples contesting this year’s competition.  But as we know it is hell out there in the world of ballroom, no quarter asked or given, and some have already fallen.  It’s back on again this weekend of course.  Who will be for the drop this time?

We don’t know but less of our money is on Ainsley and more on Jay  ex-out of The Wanted.  We would like to point out that the pictures above are in no particular order!

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Shoot is really excited about Pip‘s latest directorial project, a truly outstanding commercial for The Scotsman newspaper which was released this week.

We love it because it brilliantly combines all the best elements of Pip’s work. Above are some still frames from the spot that are clearly and characteristically Pip.

He spent a week in Scotland and shot a hugely diverse series of portraits of real people from all over the country to celebrate modern Scotland and its inhabitants.  The voiceover consists of a poem, ‘Can You Hear It’, written by Billy Letford and performed by none other than the great scot himself, David Tennant.

To see ‘Can You Hear It’ click here

Congratulations to Pip and to his film reps and producers Agile Films

Producer: Victoria Lynn @ Agile

Line Producer: Julia Macleod @ Location Scotland

DoP: Luis Posada

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Strictly Come Dancing – yes there’s more – sets off on its incredible ‘journey’ this Friday with a new cast of sequined and lycra-ed contestants.  See above captured by Ray Burmiston in all their hyper coloured glory.

Shoot’s money, for what it’s worth, is on Ainsley Harriot!

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Rebecca Miller shot the divine and delightful Ophelia Lovibond – Guardians of the Galaxy and W1A – for The Untitled Magazine’s mega Girl Power edition.

Styling was by Holly Ounstead from Frank, with make up by Justine Jenkins and hair Fabio Nogueira also from Frank.

The Untitled Magazines’s Girl Power edition is out now with added controversy (see the Mail Online side bar for details).

 

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Pip photographed hard working actor Joe Dempsie for GQ in the dramatically ‘Blade Runner’ wind tunnels at Farnborough.

We don’t usually see Joe looking this sharp, here styled by Dan Blake, as his recent roles have included Chris in the very dark Southcliffe and the luckless Gendry in Game of Thrones, and he is about to reappear as Higgy in Shane Meadows This Is England 90.

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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.