Robert Goodman’s Biography

Robert Goodman will play Danny in our short film Doris and the Pennies from Heaven. He is a versatile actor, presenter and writer.

Here is Robert Goodman’s amazing biography.  Robert will play Danny’s role in our short film Doris and the Pennies from Heaven.

As well as acting in films all around the globe and TV, Robert is a TV presenter, a writer, has worked as a first assistant director in the film Rapt in Eire (2009) and has written and directed his own short and feature films, applauded in several film festivals.

Robert Goodman was born in Northampton in 1955 and, after being trained as a cook at the Savoy Hotel, he decided to pursue an acting career. He studied at the Birmingham School of Speech Training and Dramatic Art. He is a keen follower of the Acting Method and has taken several courses on it, and still does. Besides, he writes about this expertise in several magazines and newspapers, such as the Empire Magazine.

While studying and as a young actor, Robert also worked as a magician at the Hamley’s Toy Store and as a London’s tour guide.

His acting career is a long and prolific one. He has worked with world acclaimed directors such as Charles Crichton in A Fish Named Wanda, 1988, Luc Besson in The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc, 1999, Martin Scorsese in Gangs of New York, 2001, and Steven Norrington in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, 2002.

As a writer, he contributes to various magazines and newspapers with articles about the  acting method and technique and the paranormal or the esoteric. Besides he has worked alongside Watchmen‘s and V for Vendetta‘s graphic novelist Alan Moore in several projects.

His writing and directing credits include short films, theatre ‘One Man Shows’, the horror/comedy feature film Who Pays the Ferryman? and directing theatre plays such as Walk like a Black Man (2011).

If you want to know more about his impressive and versatile career visit his website http://www.robertgoodman.co.uk/

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Honor Blackman’s Biography

This is Mrs. Honor Blackman’s outsanding acting career. She will star as the main character Doris Widmark in our short film Doris and the Pennies from Heaven.

Honor Blackman will star in Doris and the Pennies from Heaven as the main character, Doris Widmark, a strong-willed retired lady whose life will take an unexpected turn of events.

Honor Blackman was born in Plaistow, Newham, London. As a present for her sixteenth birthday her father gave her two options: a bicycle or elocution classes. She chose the elocution classes and thanks to them Honor discovered the world of theatre and poetry and her teacher found great talent in her. She was enrolled (as her teacher suggested) in the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

After graduating, and as it was advised to her, she auditioned for the West End play The Guinea Pig and was offered a secondary role, but when the main actress fell ill, she stepped in and took over her with great success. After that she received two main character roles in two West End plays.

Her first film appearance was a non-speaking part in Fame is the Spur, followed by Quartet and So Long at the Fair, Jason and the Argonauts, A Night to Remember and The Square Peg.

After that she starred in several television series like The Vise for the Danziger Brothers, Douglas Fairbanks Jr Presents, The New Adventures of Charlie Chan, African Patrol, The Invisible Man, The Pursuers, Kraft Mystery Theatre and The Saint (opposite Roger Moore), among others.

She was appointed the new star of The Avengers, playing the role of the sexy, strong-willed and smart Dr. Cathy Gale alongside Patrick Macnee, role that projected her into fame.

After 43 episodes of The Avengers and thanks to the fame this role gave her, Honor returned to cinema starring as Pussy Galore in Guy Hamilton’s James Bond film Goldfinger (1964) alongside Sean Connery.

Honor continued to work in films, TV and stage work. Among these works are Life at the Top, Shalako, The Last Grenade, a film version of DH Lawrence’s The Virgin and the Gypsy, the horror movie Fright, Columbo, To The Devil A Daughter, Robin’s Nest, Crown Court, The Cat and The Canary, Never The Twain, Lace, Minder, and Dr Who.

In 1990 Honor was cast in The Upper Hand, ITV’s new sitcom, playing Laura West in 94 episodes for six years.

From 2000 she continued her appearances in Bridget Jones’s Diary, and popular TV shows Dr Terribles House Of Horror, New Tricks, Midsommer Murders or The Royal Coronation Street.

From 2005 to 2006 she combined film and theatre, appearing in the black comedy film, Colour Me Kubrick with John Malkovich in 2005, opening Cameron Macintosh’s My Fair Lady in Manchester and Birmingham and performing four one-woman shows nationwide, as well as starring in the West End Lyric Theatre’s play Cabaret in 2007.

Among her most recent projects we find Hotel Babylon (2009), Hotel Caledonia (2010), Reuniting the Rubins (2010) and I, Anna (2012), as well as more one-woman shows at the theatre and her single, The Star who Fell from Grace (2009).

This biography was made following the one you can find at her official website:

http://www.honorblackman.co.uk/index.htm

So, check it for more detailed information of her brilliant acting career!

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BonBon Boutique to make unique jewelry for Doris

We are very happy to announce that Amsterdam based BonBon Boutique is going to  design and create the jewelry that Honor Blackman is going to wear in our short film Doris and the Pennies from Heaven.

Check their great designs at http://www.bonbonboutique.nl/

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Aldous Huxley’s sensory cinema

In Aldous Huxley’s Brave New Worldnovel (1932) there is a moment where two of the main characters, John the savage and Lenina go to the cinema, but it is not an ordinary cinema, it’s a sensory cinema.This novel is quite often compared to George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four for its portrayal of a dystopia or negative utopia. Set in 2540 A.D. London, the Brave New World universe portrays humans as hedonistic, superficial and egoistic characters (as this is how the state has shaped and conditioned them) in a world in which individualism, love and empathy are disapproved of, and practices like consumption, massive use of technology and happiness inducing drug consumption are encouraged.

 

The film John and Lenina go to watch is a sensory one, called ‘feelie’, because of the fact that, in addition to seeing the film, they can feel it, taste it or smell it. So, if in the film a bear appeared, they could also feel his fur, and if food was shown, they could smell it or taste it.

 

Do you think this could be possible in the future? Aldous Huxley found the jump  between silent and talkie film an inspiration for this sensory cinema, and technological advances allowed us to see films in 3D. So, do you think that it could be likely to create a sensory cinema? If so, what films would you like to see?

‘Choose your own adventure’ films

 

Do you remember the ‘Choose your own adventure’ books? Surely most of you have been hooked on them trying to decide if choosing the left hand door would take you out of the pyramid or to the monstrous mummy.

Tim Curry starring Clue (1985) was one of the pioneering interactive films, as it portrayed three different alternative endings; despite that, you could not really choose them, as each cinema theatre chose one randomly. You have other films that show you different versions of the same story, such as Blind Chance (1987) or Run, Lola, Run (1998), but they don’t offer the possibility to choose which one to see.

However, there has been a tendency lately to make ‘choose your own adventure’ films, like Bob Doucette (director), William H. Macy and Frankie Muniz (voices) The Snowman (2007) or Bob Gale’s Mr. Payback (1995) but unfortunately they are not widespread yet.

Do you think it is a good idea to be able to interact with a film? Would you like to have more interactive ‘choose your own adventure’ films and what kind of films (horror, adventure, romance…) would you like to watch? How do you think they could be shown on cinemas?

 

Cinema Curiosities: Kubrick’s NASA lenses

Barry Lyndon

In Barry Lyndon (1975) Stanley Kubrick used a NASA special lens, the high-speed Zeiss 50mm f/0.7, designed for the Apollo Moon landing program, to shoot interior scenes.

As he didn’t want to use artificial lighting in order to create a more natural look and recreate candlelit interiors to perfection, he used this lens that captured light better than any other. The lens was adjusted to the camera with a Kollmorgen adaptor.

Besides, the lens also created the effect of bi-dimensional figures, that, together with the lighting, especially candlelight in dark interiors, and the fact that Kubrick made actors pose in a particular position, made the shots look like 17th-18th century paintings, like Rembrandt’s or Delatour’s.