• 26-04-2013
  • Film Directing fellow Asif Kapadia to make film on Amy Winehouse

  • Asif Kapadia, whose last project was about the infamous racing car driver Senna will next turn his attention to another life lived in a very different fast lane with a film about Amy Winehouse.
    The Associated Press reported that Mr. Kapadia, whose film “Senna” won documentary prizes at the Bafta Awards and the Sundance Film Festival, will work with the producer James Gay-Rees (“Exit Through the Gift Shop”) to tell the story of Ms. Winehouse, the troubled soul singer who died at 27 from accidental alcohol poisoning in 2011.

    Mr. Kapadia and Mr. Gay-Rees described the documentary in a joint statement as “an incredibly modern, emotional and relevant film that has the power to capture the zeitgeist and shine a light on the world we live in, in a way that very few films can.”
    The filmmakers described Ms. Winehouse in the statement as “a once-in-a-generation talent who captured everyone’s attention; she wrote and sang from the heart and everyone fell under her spell.”
    The Winehouse family said in a statement reported by The Associated Press that, having been approached about many film projects, they believed that Mr. Kapadia and Mr. Gay-Rees would “look at Amy’s story sensitively, honestly and without sensationalizing her.”

  • 23-04-2013
  • Rufus Norris directs at the National Theatres' new venue

  • The Shed is the National Theatre's new temporary venue on the South Bank. Its first show is Table, a new play by Tanya Ronder and directed by Rufus Norris. Table is an epic tale of belonging, identity and the things we pass on. The show tells the story of one family over 200 years, Table is a collaborative exploration of belonging, identity and the things we pass on. Six generations, nine performers, thirty parts and one very special piece of furniture. For more info and booking go to . http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/table

  • 17-04-2013
  • Zinnie Harris' update of Ibsen's A Doll House puts fresh political spin on a proto-feminist classic

  • Zinnie Harris' new co-production with the National Theatre of Scotland brings Ibsen's tale from 19th century Norway to Edwardian London and shifts the story from the world of finance to politics. Harris explains: ‘I wanted to re-set it just before the First World War, when the role of women politically and domestically was just turning. And at the end, it’s one of those iconic moments where you know the world is going to be different because of the actions of this one woman.’ The Doll's House is showing at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, Tue 16 Apr–Sat 4 May.http://local.stv.tv/edinburgh/going-out/articles/221690-zinnie-harris-play-a-dolls-house-makes-scottish-premiere-at-lyceum/

  • 17-04-2013
  • Photography fellow Eugenia Ivanessevich in new group show

  • A new exhibition curated by Crystal Bennes, "The Woman, The Gaze, The World" is loosely themed around a picking apart of the question of whether women see the world differently than men. Running from the 23rd April to the 3rd May with artists Catherine Hyland, Seulki Ki, Eugenia Ivanissevich, Victoria Jenkins and Alison Stolwood the exhibition presents each artist as offering a specific and personal take on photography as a medium and practice through various acts of filtering, of staging, of manipulating the "truth".
    Each artists has been paired with a writer, who has been challenged to create a new piece of writing that responds, however indirectly, to the work of that artist and to the themes in question. The intention here is to add a layer of richness to the exhibition, particularly given the considerable crossover in the way photographers and writers approach reality.