Jay Brooks shot Lenny Henry in a gangster style for the forthcoming Donmar Warehouse production of ‘The Irresistible Rise of Arturo Ui’.
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.
Tom Sellers has quickly risen through the ranks to become a luminary of the British culinary scene.
Story opened its doors in April 2013; its innovative literary-inspired menu, taking diners on ‘a personal journey through food’, has won him huge critical and public acclaim. Story was awarded its first Michelin star just five months after opening.
Jay found the assignment challenging and exciting, “Initially stripping it down to just a hand held camera, a small flash gun and a laptop was quite daunting. No big lighting set ups, no glam squad, no studio… nowhere to hide! And once service began the kitchen erupted into action. It seemed like madness at first but somehow I soon seemed to settle into the chaotic rhythm of it all. The food they served was so delicate and so perfect it seemed hard to believe it was produced by this whirling mass of tattoos and shouting. It actually reminded me a lot of my rave days shooting on dancefloors, move fast, keep your elbows in and go with the flow!”
‘A Kind of Love Story’ has just been published by Orion and is, as they say, in the shops now.
Pictured here in ‘no particular order’ but starting at the top left are Honey G, Bradley and Ottavio, 5 AM, Matt, Gifty and Emily who all hope to be warbling their way to stardom in the coming weeks.
Honey G is the ‘star’ of the show. She has caused controversy since landing a place on the live finals mainly because no one can believe she is really is a rapper from the mean streets of ‘North Weezy’, or Harrow as it is more generally known, and is actually serious.
And now X Factor fans have claimed the show is a ‘fix’ after it was revealed that Honey G has been lined up for a personal appearance in Scotland, the same night as the Saturday night stalwart’s finale.
The opinion dividing rapper has been ‘confirmed’ to appear at a Kirkcaldy nightclub, Kitty’s & Kandy, on December 10th – the exact night the final four contestants will perform for the judges.
But apparently it’s ok because the club have only got her on a pencil, so if she’s still in the competition they will rearrange. Good to see the good folk of Kirkcaldy being so forward looking and that Honey G’s post X Factor career is getting off to a flying start.
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’.
Pip recently had the privilege of photographing the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, for Red Magazine in the chambers of City Hall. Sadiq impressed Pip not only as a politician but as a person, as Pip put it, ‘Not only the city’s first ethnic minority mayor and the first Muslim to become mayor of a major Western capital, but also a top bloke to hang out with.’
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!
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.
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.
‘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.’
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.
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
Pip has shot the ‘cover art’ for ‘Perspective’ the new album from the band Lawson, out on 8th July on Polydor Records. The shoot also provided the images for the two singles ‘Money and ‘Where My Love Goes’ that have come from the album. This is Pip’s second outing with the band, he shot the cover for ‘Chapman Square’ their previous release.
See more of Pip’s music work here.
Rebecca Miller photographed Natalie and Elliot Bergman, the duo at the heart of American rockers Wild Belle, for The Untitled Magazine. They were celebrating the release of their second album for Columbia, ‘Dreamland’. Brother and sister, they are definite about the importance of their relationship to the music. ‘Nothing gets between blood. We’re unbreakable. We have a bond that you can’t fuck up.’ said Natalie.
Here’s some of what The Untitled Magazine said about the band. ‘Growing up in a musical household in Chicago, a city known for its Bluesy roots, it was only natural for siblings Natalie and Elliot Bergman to form a band together. Known as Wild Belle, the duo’s signature style combines Elliot’s penchant for reggae rhythms and tropical sounds with Natalie’s raw vocals and rockstar swagger. Both musicians play instruments and collaborate on songwriting but it was Natalie’s life that provided the basis for their second full-length album, Dreamland. Reeling from the end of a romantic relationship, she packed up her bags and drove across country, settling in Venice, California. There she penned most of the album which proves to be a slightly darker follow-up to the band’s catchy debut, Isles.’
Styling: Tiffany Briseno @ Wilhelmina Artists
Hair by Deborah Brider using Shu Uemura Art of Hair
Make up by Tadayoshi Honda
Shot on location at The Carlton Hotel and The Millesime restaurant, NYC
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.
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!’
The BBC launched their coverage of the Euros 2016, which start on June 10th, with an extravaganza of a ‘marketing trail’ – an ad to you and me – starring their TV presenters robed in 18th Century finery, and Ray Burmiston was commissioned to capture the moment.
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. The presenters, including Gary Lineker, Gabby Logan, Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand and Thierry Henry, and a host of extras were all clad in period costume featuring fabulous frocks, powdered wigs and acres of brocade.
Some of the pundits enjoyed it more than others. Alan Shearer made it clear he wasn’t keen to repeat the experience but Gary Lineker took it in his stride. “I’ve spent 20 years dressing up for Walkers commercials, so I’m kind of used to this strangeness,” he said. While, by general consensus, Rio Ferdinand turned most heads in his outfit, “he can carry anything off,” said Lineker.
In the clip the cast march forth led by the real Euros 2016 trophy unleashing their slogan ‘Liberté, Egalité, Footé!’
Euros 2016, the ‘marketing trail’, and Ray’s pictures will be on your screens throughout June and into July.
Allez les rosbifs!
To see how far artificial intelligence has progressed, the paper set up a series of tests where human experts were pitted against AI in the fields of translation, writing, painting and cooking to see if it could match human creativity.
In the cooking contest, Yotam Ottolenghi was faced with IBM’s chef Watson, a robot, (though we don’t think he’s the one in the pictures) and they were challenged to produce a dish from a random set on ingredients including chicken livers and tequila.
Writer Leo Benedictus gave his verdict on the results.
‘Well, I will say it isn’t horrible. Humans have served me worse. Although in truth the name that IBM’s Chef Watson gives this dish (“Chicken Liver Savoury Sauce”)is about as appetising as it deserves.
To be fair to Chef Watson, and to Guardian Weekend’s own chef-columnist Yotam Ottolenghi, I had set them quite a task. I asked for a dish based on four ingredients that seemed to belong nowhere near each other: chicken livers, Greek yoghurt, wasabi and tequila. They could add whatever else they liked, but those four had to be in the finished dish, which I would cook and eat.
Chef Watson didn’t hesitate, instantly giving me two pasta sauces. Ottolenghi was more circumspect. “When I got the challenge I thought, ‘This is not going to work,’” he tells me. I thought the same. Or at least I thought I would end up eating two dishes that managed to be OK despite their ingredients, rather than because of them. In fact – and you’ll think me a creep, but so what – Ottolenghi’s recipe was a revelation: liver and onion and a tequila reduction, served with an apple, radish, beetroot and chicory slaw, with a wasabi and yoghurt dressing. The dish may make little sense on paper, but I devoured a plateful feeling that every element belonged. (And vinaigrette thickened with yoghurt and wasabi instead of mustard: seriously, give it a try.) Ottolenghi tells me the recipe is just a whisker short of publishable.
The thing is, that dish took him and his team three days to perfect. They were able to taste and discuss flavours, textures, colours, temperatures, in a way that Watson can’t – although there have been“discussions” about adding a feedback mechanism in future, Chef Watson’s lead engineer, Florian Pinel, tells me. “A recipe is such a complex thing it’s difficult for me even to understand how a computer would approach it.”
Verdict: Watson hides the weirdness of the ingredients, but Ottolenghi makes them sing.’
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.
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.
In 2007 Tim was forced to give up his job as a solicitor when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Uncertain at first what to do, on a whim he answered an ad in Time Out from a photographer looking for subjects. He went to the photographers studio, the photographs were taken, Tim enjoyed the experience and the Over The Hill project was born.
Tim began to write to photographers and ask if they would take his portrait and since then has had his photograph taken by just short of 400 different photographers, ranging from the most august professionals to the completely amateur. The work is fascinating in its range and variety but it is driven by Tim’s generosity and enthusiasm to make the best possible pictures in every situation. He is open to any idea, will work clothed or naked and as you can see is quite happy in a gorilla suit.
Tim has recently decided to call it a day and end the project. There will, he says, be no more new photographs added after the end of May but we are sure that with such an amazing body of work there will be more shows and exhibitions in the future.
Learn more about ‘Over The Hill’ and the amazing Mr Andrews here.
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.
His book Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage. was published by Spiegel & Grau in November 2013.
Congratulations to Scarlet Page‘s old mates and long term clients The Lumineers on topping the album charts on both sides of the Atlantic. Their second album ‘Cleopatra’ has knocked Kanye West from the number one spot on the US Billboard 200, while in Britain they have out sold Adele in the last week.
The band, who come from Denver Colorado, are touring at the moment and play London’s Brixton Academy on 24th April.
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.
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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