Monday, September 10, 2007

HAPPINESS ROCKS

And so another week begins...

I had a super weekend...which started off on Friday evening with a phone call from my young friend TEDDY LEIFER (on right), of WE ARE TOGETHER fame. He has offered me some good advice and promised to be there to offer even more support/advice on the SO YOU'VE BEEN DUMPED movie project (24/7). My kinda fella that...He also promised to send me along their latest press release which he did and I've pasted bits of below (in red). So pleased for him and Paul, they're going from strength-to-strength and it's constantly inspiring me!

After that mood-turning conversation, I made my way up to Dunfermline so that the roller skate could get valeted. The weather was nice, I blasted MATT NATHANSON the whole way and I had a great (spontaneous) night up there. Let's just say I came home smiling (and am still doing so). I should be going back up to get the car later, and I can't wait to see its transformation...

Yesterday was spent at the BBC FILM FESTIVAL on Glasgow Green. I just stayed in the MEET THE FILM MAKERS tent (naturally).

There were talks hosted by KIRSTY WARK. First was with LLOYD PRICE who works with 'WALLACE & GROMIT'. I am not a W&G fan, but I did appreciate his talk and to hear about his experiences in animation.

The next session with Kirsty was with actors - IAIN ROBERTSON (Small Faces), ATTA YAQUB (Ae Fond Kiss), KATHLEEN MCDERMOTT (Wedding Belles). Their talk was particularly good and intersting. Kathleen was literally plucked from obscurity whilst walking down Glasgow's Sauchiehall (pronounced: socky-hall) Street... :)

Then KIRSTY was replaced by BBC Creative Director ALAN YENTOB, who then chatted with the directors: STEPHEN FREARS (The Queen), RICHARD EYRE (Notes on a Scandal), ANTONIA BIRD(The Meat Trade).

Always cool to hear people talk about their experiences. I can't get enough of these seminars, talks and so forth - at the moment.

The final talk I hung around for was ANDREW COLLINS when he met the writers: JEREMY BROCK (The Last King of Scotland), KEVIN HOOD (Becoming Jane), GILLIES MACKINNON (Small Faces).

'Loved seeing Andrew in the flesh as it were as I used to love listening to his 6Music radio show on Thursday nights when he hosted the "Round Table". Don't seem to catch it much anymore. Between you and me, STEPHEN FREARS seemed a bit of an arse but I can't help thinking he's a little God-like having directed my favourite JOHN CUSACK film HIGH FIDELITY.


WE ARE TOGETHER WINS AUDIENCE

AWARD AT EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2007

Audiences vote inspirational feature documentary as their favourite in this year's festival.

Inspirational feature documentary WE ARE TOGETHER has scooped the coveted Standard Life Audience Award at this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival. WE ARE TOGETHER - which follows the journey of a group of orphaned children in South Africa who use their incredible singing voices to overcome tragedy - was chosen as the winner by audience votes, beating both fiction and non-fiction titles to be named festival-goers' favourite film. The film saw off tough competition to take the prize, triumphing over this year's other hotly-tipped titles RATATOUILLE, IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON, CONTROL and and Quentin Tarantino’s latest offering, DEATH PROOF. It is only the second time in 10 years that a documentary has won the award, the last being Oscar-nominated BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB in 1999.


The EIFF award adds to the prizes the film has been accumulating on the festival circuit this year since its premiere at IDFA, where it took the Audience Award and First Appearance Award. This was followed by the prestigious Audience Award at the Tribeca Film Festival and a Special
Jury Prize, and further awards at Amnesty International Film festival and One World International Film Festival.

British director Paul Taylor was also named as one of this year's festival Trailblazers, an accolade given by EIFF and Skillset to new talents to look out for. On winning the EIFF award Taylor said, "The reaction the film has been getting from audiences worldwide is a fitting testament to the inspirational children of the Agape orphanage. Their spirit, courage and incredible voices cannot fail to have an impact on those who meet them, and I'm proud to be able to share that with cinema audiences worldwide."

WE ARE TOGETHER will have its UK theatrical release at the end of November through EMI and Shooting People Films - with all proceeds donated to an education program for the children of Agape and children affected by HIV/AIDS through the RISE foundation, set up by Paul Taylor
and producer Teddy Leifer.


How cool is that my friends? Wait until you see it! I am praying for Oscar on this one!

BEAUTIFUL DAYS

It's a "Beautiful Day" - so much so - that I woke up with THE LEVELLERS running through my head. So I had to pull it out and play it successively a few times. Then, I decided to try to find other songs of the same vein and created a happy/sunny playlist to mirror the mood I'm in. Eoghan's "Sunny Days", U2's "Beautiful Day", and we can't forget the "Happy Day" version done by the WE ARE TOGETHER Agape orphan kids. Any others you can think of...? 16,652 songs in iTunes, I ought to come up with a few more cheery numbers eh?

Well, I have a smile on my face, a spring in my step and just a whiff of romance in the air about me. Yep, life is good again...the happy girl's back so look out!

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