Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Upcoming events at Seven Artspace Leeds

Here are details of upcoming events at Seven Artspace Leeds for my followers to peruse:


 
 
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Spring to Life @ Seven

Tonight, Wednesday 29 March, 8pm, there is still time to buy tickets for Kill for a Seat Comedy with George Egg, ‘A hugely entertaining variety turn',  The Guardian; and Kat Tanney, 'Wonderfully talented", Narc magazine ...plus special guests and your ebullient host, Silky. £11 / £9 conc. Doors 7.45pm.

On Friday 31 March, 8pm, Unlimited Theatre presents 'Am I Dead Yet?' Two friends, talking (and singing) about what happens when we die, how we think about dying, and most importantly, how some of us might be brought back. “An enjoyable, poignant cabaret piece about death in the distant and all-too-near future” The Guardian. £10 adv / £12 otd. Preceding the show at 5.30pm, join Unlimited in Seven Bar for tea, cake and chats about death.

On Saturday 1 April, 7.30pm, look forward to Leeds College of Music Generation Big Band and Friends, bringing together excellence across all generations of the Yorkshire jazz community. The band is led by jazz trumpeter Mark Chandler and joined tonight by jazz trio Bunson Burner and the Saturday Music School + Jazz group. £8 / £5 conc.

On Monday 3 April, 8pm, the Screen Seven movie is Victoria. After leaving the club in the wee hours of the morning to work at a local cafe, Victoria runs into a pack of young men, who seem intent on wooing her. Sonne, succeeds, and Victoria drops her prior plans to drink with them on a nearby rooftop. Shot over two hours in a single, dazzling take, Victoria is one of the year’s most impressive technical achievements. £6 / £5 conc.

On Tuesday 4 april, 7.30pm, CafĂ© Economique explores Gender, Care and the Economy. Sarah Marie-Hall is a Lecturer in Human Geography and her research lies in the field of geographical feminist political economy: understanding how socio-economic processes are shaped by gender relations, lived experiences and cultural differences. £4 on the door.

Letters to Myself on Thursday 6 April, 8pm, is a heart-warming and humorous look at the best advice we never had. Created from letters written by real people and taking a trip down memory lane, it is a recognition of our shared regret and a celebration of our daily triumphs. Written and produced by Becci Sharrock. £8 / £6 conc.

Rounding off the week on Friday 7 April, 8pm, a welcome return for Mestisa. This band thrills audiences with a traditional yet modern approach to a variety of popular folk styles. From romantic Boleros and Argentinian zambas, to Chilean tonadas and Bolivian huaynos, they are as uplifting as they are talented … and be sure to bring your dancing shoes!  £10 adv /£12 otd.

Tickets for most events are found at  www.ticketsource.co.uk/sevenleeds/events Where not sold out, tickets are always available on the door.

Every £ spent at Seven helps support high quality arts in a local setting. We look forward to seeing you at Seven very soon.
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Our mailing address is:
Seven Arts Leeds
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Leeds, West Yorkshire LS7 3PD
United Kingdom

       


McKee Seminar - McKee's Top 10 TV Series and 20th Century Women

There are a series of McKee Seminars upcoming, so I thought I would share the details with my followers:


Writers today are creating what will be the cathedrals of the 21st century. . .It seems to me that when things get worse the writing gets better. . .This is the pay off to over 20 years of setups
 
 
 
McKee's Top 10 TV Series
      1. The Americans
 6.   Ray Donovan 
      2. Vikings                                
 7.   Game of Thrones
      3. Homeland
 8.   Curb Your Enthusiasm
      4. Black Mirror
 9.   Fargo
      5. House of Cards
 10. The Crown
 
(Not necessarily in this order.)
 
 
 
 
What makes these shows shine? 
 
Find out at our upcoming TV SERIES DAY Seminars:
 New York City (Apr. 20) or London (May 4)
 
Writers today are creating what will be the cathedrals of the 21st century. . .It seems to me that when things get worse the writing gets better. . .This is the pay off to over 20 years of setups.
—From Robert McKee's 2017 Hall of Fame Award acceptance speech.
Final Draft Awards, Paramount Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
 
McKee's showrunning alumni have created, written and/or directed many award-winning television series: WESTWORLD, BLACK-ISH, THIS IS US, SHOW ME A HERO, THE KNICK, THE AFFAIR, DOWNTON ABBEY, THE SOPRANOS, BREAKING BAD, BOARDWALK EMPIRE, THE AFFAIR, VIKINGS, GAME OF THRONES, HOUSE OF CARDS, THE OFFICE, FAWLTY TOWERS, and many more.
 
 
 
 
Due to McKee's extensive international lecture tour, 
there will be NO FALL 2017 STORY seminars in the USA.
 
Don't miss the spring seminars in LA and NYC!
 
 
 
 
Professional and Student discounts available.
Contact john@storylogue.com for more information. 
 
 
 
 
Register Here
 
If you have taken a McKee Seminar and found it valuable,
please forward this email to your colleagues and writer friends. 
 
Los Angeles MAR 24-26
New York APR 21-23
London MAY 5-7
Los Angeles MAR 23
New York APR 20
London MAY 4
Berlin MAY 11-14
Beijing MAY 25-28
 
 
 
McKee Seminars | Two Arts, Inc. PO Box 681 Sherman, Connecticut 06784 United States (928) 204-2323

 
 
 
McKee's Works / Doesn't Work Film Review: 20th CENTURY WOMEN
20th Century Women  Written and Directed by Mike Mills
 
McKee says: It Works! (Spoiler Alert!)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
MASTERFUL:  
 
Mike Mills wrote and directed this finely crafted minimalist film that unfolds with the depth and complexity of a novel. His portrayal of the inner lives of his characters, their struggles to make meaning, and their unsaid thoughts and feelings draws us into the story like an engrossing work of prose. His camera seems to photograph thoughts.
 
 
 
 
 
EXCELLENT MIX OF GENRES: 
 
Maturation Plot, Education Plot and Love Stories with subtle but true character arcs deliver honest portraits of empathetic protagonists. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WONDERFUL USE OF VOICEOVER NARRATION:
 
Again, as in a novel, Mr. Mills moves fluidly through time.  His flashbacks and narration parse the exposition seamlessly into the on-going storytelling. He hooks, he holds, he makes us wait until we absolutely need and want to know the storied facts. 
 
 
 
 
ONE OF THE BEST USES OF MUSIC IN FILM:
 
Insightful observation and potent comment on the interconnectedness of music and its influence on the characters’ lives. 
 
 
Actor Brian Cox presents the Hollywood Hall of Fame Award to Robert McKee at the 2017 Final Draft Awards: Watch Here
 
Robert McKee receives Final Draft Hall of Fame Award
 
"Like Constantin Stanislavsky who revolutionized the system of acting
for the 20th Century, Robert McKee created a new vision of screenwriting
for the late 20th Century and early 21st Century."  
 
 —Actor Brian Cox, keynote speech, 2017 Final Draft Awards Ceremony 
 
 
 
Due to McKee's extensive international lecture tour, 
there won't be fall 2017 STORY Seminars in the USA
DON'T MISS the spring seminars in LA, NYC and London!
 
 
 
 
McKee’s showrunning alumni have created, written and/or directed many award-winning series: THIS IS US, WESTWORLD, SHOW ME A HERO, THE AFFAIR, DOWNTON ABBEY, THE SOPRANOS, BREAKING BAD, VIKINGS, GAME OF THRONES, HOUSE OF CARDS, THE OFFICE, FAWLTY TOWERS and many more.
 
 
 
 
Professional and Student discounts available.
Contact john@storylogue.com for more information. 
 
 
 
 
Register Here
 
If you have taken a McKee Seminar and found it valuable, please forward this email to your colleagues and writer friends. 
 
Los Angeles MAR 24-26
New York APR 21-23
London MAY 5-7
Los Angeles MAR 23
New York APR 20
London MAY 4
Berlin MAY 11-14
Beijing MAY 25-28
 
 
 
McKee Seminars | Two Arts, Inc. PO Box 681 Sherman, Connecticut 06784 United States (928) 204-2323






Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Sully: Miracle on the Hudson film review

 

I saw this film at the Leeds/Bradford Odeon with my friends Sarah, Bev and Aj.
 
IMDB says: The story of Chesley Sullenberger, an American pilot who became a hero after landing his damaged plane on the Hudson River in order to save the flight's passengers and crew.
 
In this Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino) directed movie, written by Todd Komarnicki (Perfect Stranger, Resistance) based on the book 'Highest Duty' by Chesley Sullenberger (Face the Nation, Brace for Impact: The Chesley B. Sullenberger story) and Jeffrey Zaslow (60 Minutes), Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump, Big) plays Captain Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger who glided his disabled plane into the frigid waters of the Hudson, saving the lives of all 155 people on board.  However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career, and that of his co-pilot Jeff Skiles (Aaron Eckhart: The Dark Knight, Olympus Has Fallen).               
 
Trailer
 
In the film, the official investigation by the National Transport Safety Board into the flight 1549 incident has concluded that the left engine was running at idle and not damaged, so Sully and Skiles have to attend a hearing to explain why they did not land at either LaGuardia or Teterboro airports as simulators had indicated it would have been possible.  One of the investigators, Charles Porter (Mike O'Malley: Concussion, Kurt's Dad in TVs Glee), asks if they had had enough sleep, if they had taken drugs or alcohol or if they have trouble at home and this sets up the premise that they are trying to blame the pilots rather than praise them.
 
Separated from their families the pilots stay in a hotel, Sully keeping in touch with his wife Lorraine (Laura Linney: Love Actually, Nocturnal Animals) via the phone.  The film features flashbacks of Sully learning to fly with LT Cook (Jeff Kober: TVs Sons of Anarchy, The Walking Dead), and the day of the incident.  These show more detail on the passengers, including Lucille Palmer (Delphi Harrington: Breathing Lessons, TVs Where the Heart Is), and the crew, such as Diane Higgins (Valerie Mahalfey: Seabiscuit, Jack and Jill),  plus those that helped on the day, like ferry team Captain Vincent Lombardi (playing himself), interspersed with the trial where the panel includes Dr Elizabeth Davis (Anna Gunn: Enemy of the State, TVs Breaking Bad). 
 
Kristine Johnson and Tommy McInnis in Sully: Miracle on the Hudson (2016)
 
Because of the media coverage at the time, we thought we knew what to expect from this movie, but it was surprising to learn that despite saving all those lives, Captain Sullenberger was investigated and made to go through a trial.  I am guessing it was because his heroic actions essentially rendered a very expensive plane unusable, but had he not made the right decision, not only would the plane be a write-off but there would have been considerable loss of life.  The fault, if there was one, lay with the birds.
 
Based on the co-written book, this story takes us through what it must have been like on the day for all those involved and shows us the best of the human spirit.  It is only natural to have doubts about the decisions you make under such circumstances, and much is made of this in the film.  The real action of the film is in the sequences that show the actual landing of the plane in the Hudson river.  We go through the events as though we as viewers were passengers or Sully and although there are several repetitions of the incident from different perspectives, we are thrust along right with them each time, and it does not feel like it is labouring the point  Our imaginations place us in the worst case scenario of being told to adopt the brace position, of landing on and then having to go out on water, the freezing 36 degrees of the Hudson, and wonder what we would have done.  Could we have made a quick correct decision and had the skill to land the plane safely had we been in Sully's place? Would we have panicked and gone into the water if we had been a passenger?
 
This is the first collaboration between Tom Hanks and Clint Eastwood on film, though both have experience of true life stories of real people and no doubt this will have helped them deliver what was an excellent film.  The performances are top-notch all round and though the action is palpable, it avoids any over-dramatization or unnecessary sentimentality.  It feels as real as if you were there and you root for Sully's character throughout.
 
 
 
Trivia: The cockpit voice recording is highly sensitive in nature. It would never be played in front of hundreds of people like in the movie. In fact, it is illegal for the NTSB to release any portion of the recording to the press.  The actual Airbus aircraft involved in the incident was recovered from the Hudson and placed on display at the Carolina's Aviation Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina. Charlotte was the original destination for this flight. Footage shown during the credits, with the actual passengers and crew, was shot at the museum. The production filmed scenes at the New York Marriott Downtown hotel, where the original crash landing survivors were brought, after the accident.  Chesley Sullenberger was present at the studio. He supported the movie and helped it to reflect reality. 
 

 
Shane P. Allen in Sully: Miracle on the Hudson (2016)
 
 
Don't forget to stay for the credits which features photos of the real plane and rescue, followed by a brief video with real people from that day including the passengers and Captain Sullenburger.
 
 
 
Tagline: The untold story behind the miracle on the Hudson.                                          9/10
 
Adam Boyer and Wilbur Fitzgerald in Sully: Miracle on the Hudson (2016)
 
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