2013 Burghley Horse Trials

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September 5th -6thCross Ciuntry
September 7thShow Jumping
(Final Horse Insepection)

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The Ink Factory

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Dedicated to “‘characters and narratives that are original, exciting and entertaining. We work with writers, storytellers and filmmakers who inspire us – and who, like us, want to challenge, stimulate and innovate. We want to entertain, but also provoke and inspire

Developing films with Film 4, this film factory, maybe small, is creating cinema which has been profoundly absent and what the art of film has been deprived of.

Any film production company that has a working relationship with John le Carré gets my whole and divided attention.


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Director – Anton Corbijn
Screenplay – Andrew Bovell
Based on the novel by John le Carré
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, Robin Wright
Developed with Film4
International sales – FilmNation Entertainment
-Currently In Production-

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Director – Justin Kurzel
Screenplay – Hossein Amini
Based on the novel by John le Carré
Ralph Fiennes, Ewan McGregor, Mads Mikkelsen
Co-production with Potboiler Productions
Developed with Film4
-Release Date 2014-

Behind “Our Kind of Traitor”

The Ink Factory is located in London and Los Angeles.

For the Diary: Grace Kelly Coming Back to Her Roots

From Philadelphia to Monaco
An exclusive Grace Kelly exhibition is to open at the Michener Art Gallery in Doylestown, PA

The exhibition is set to encapsulate the woman who went from being a member of Philadelphia’s high society, to an Oscar winning actress and finally a Princess.

Grace Kelly

The exhibition which opens October 28th is set to “… bring [you] up close to the stage and screen legend, fashion icon, princess, United Nations advocate for children, and international spokesperson for arts and culture.” One will be able to see “letters, photographs, awards, couture fashion and other personal artifacts, as well as film clips, playbills, home movies and souvenirs from her acting career.”

The exhibition is based on the display at The Victoria and Albert Museum which ended earlier this year.

The exhibition at the Michener Museum opens October 28th and ends January 26th, 2014

More information here

As Time Zooms By: Aston Martin

1915-aston-martin-coal-scuttle_100389581_mIts been 100 years since Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford came together to create one of the worlds most iconic automobile. The name Aston Martin came later with the joining of Mr. Martin’s name with the Aston Clinton Hillclimb where Bamford had many a victory. While the Aston Martin we know today isn’t a “10 cent” vehicle, it is interesting that the Aston Clinton Hill Climb was essentially drag racing up hill – think Fast and the Furious located amidst the refined Buckinghamshire countryside.


Racing up hill seemed to act as a metaphor for the vehicle as, Martin and Bamford’s “special” car took the high road, and drove its way into our books, screens and into the record books, as James Bond’s other half for half a century.

The Aston Martin DB5 is akin to the brilliant grey steed, Silver, was to the Lone Ranger: his trusted companion. Both modes of transport were quite similar in a manner of speaking: an ejector seat and were apparently bullet proof,  and most importantly they kept their driver safe to fight another day.

aston-martin-db5-1963-james-bond-car1Although the DB5 has not been the sole mode of transport for Bond, there has been the Vantage, Vanquish and the DBS V12, the latter of which seemed to take a great beating in both Casino Royale and Quantom of Solace, non is as iconic as the 1963 DB5 (which has appeared in 7 Bond films spanning from 1964-2013).

I will admit that while watching  SkyFall in the cinema I made a rather loud uncharacteristic yelp followed by an expletive, when the DB5 was blown up.  Thankfully I was in Los Angeles and such external outbursts are common during a film.


The Aston Martin’s Bond association isn’t the only fetching attraction; what’s under its bonnet is just as captivating.

I drove my first Aston Martin a year ago , and will gladly admit that my love of Bond (spanning now two decades) more than shifted my desire to grab onto one of their leather steering wheels. It was however, not the sole reason of choosing it over the other cars at my disposal: an Audi R8, Maclaren , Bugotti , Lamborghini Aventador, Ferrari, Porshe 911 (you get the picture).  The experience was amazing, and the feeling while going 130km around a race track in a DBS V12 shall remain with me forever.

Part of me has wanted to drive this car because its part of my my heritage and that of the Aston Martin. It isn’t the fastest car our there, Jeremy Clarkson’s wet dream, nor Its not the top luxury or  an exclusive  vehicle unlike the Koenigsegg, and Spada’s of today. But its British and that’s what I am most proud of.

Here’s to a zippy 100 years, Aston Martin, and looking forward to what future you have to offer us.

Did You Know?

The original DB Mark III that appeared in Ian Flemming’s Goldfinger, later to be replaced by the notorious DB5 in Broccolli’s 1964 the film adaptationimages

Aston Martin Through the Ages

No Nostalgia Allowed BBC, You’re Public Property.

Have we truly become a vexatious society that when the BBC, which has served not just the British Isles but around the world, wants to take 1 hour to say goodbye to the home its lived at since 1964, we all take up arms in annoyance that they dare waste precious airtime?


Yes, the BBC hasn’t quite been quite the innocent party; what with the salacious Johnny Saville scandal (which included the sacking of Frank Bough, formerly news of the world deputy editor), the suicide of Dr. David Kelly after being named a BBC source for “sexing up” government files on weapons of mass destruction, security correspondent Frank Garders inability to report accurately what the Queen said, Jeremy Clarkson (not enough space to cover all his verbal carnage), and BBC director generals resigning all over the place.  To sum up: men behaving badly.

This isn’t an excuse for the BBC’s mishaps but, a play at devils advocate. The present at times makes us forget what the past produced (no pun intended) whether it was drama, comedy, knowledge, news. The BBC has given us, the public, entertainment. How would we react if Pinewood had to pack up and leave? Most of us have never been to Pinewood, nor hold any attachment to the place except through the films that it has made, but I am sure none of us would mind a 1 hour documentary about the studio and it’s history.

The BBC isn’t closing up shop; its on the move but leaving a place that’s been it’s home for almost 40 years creates nostaligia. Actors, directors, producers, writers and all those employed past and present all share in the twinge of sadness and uncertainty of what happens next, and where will it happen?

If they were the ones who gave us the Kardashians, and all the reality rubbish out there, I’d be all for letting them have it. But they have spared us. So, let us retract our claws and sheath our vocal firearms, and allow the BBC to look back at it’s last 40 years.

Here are some of my BBC favourites

Pride and Prejudice

Are You Being Served?

Men Behaving Badly,


To the Manor Born

Tinker Tailor

David Attenborough



Sherlock (new and old)

Forsyte Saga

Documentary’s (too many to name them all)

Bring on the Bling

Films are created by people, for people. However, lately, (mainly in Hollywood – excluding Argo and a few other productions) another entity has taken over: money. Mr. Franklin has been partaking in some extreme multitasking: directing, writing, producing and, making a bit of a mess of things (along with 3D, but I’ll leave that for another day).
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Within the cinematic world to create a film various variables must come together: a story, patience, connections – family or otherwise, creativity, and most importantly, talent. Money of course plays a significant part but, its the story and how its told, that truly creates cinema.

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 Sophia Coppola. She is lucky enough to have all the above but, rather than squander she has with substantial deftness, harnessed all together. Proof being, Virgin Suicides, Marie Antoinette, and feasibly with her latest creation, The Bling Ring. Only two people could have made this story, (which is a bit trite), into a piece of cinema possibly worth seeing: the late Tony Scott, and Sophia Coppola. With Sophia you get a visceral feast, accompanied by an eclectic soundtrack, and actors who seem to just melt into their characters. It almost makes you want to join in on the fun.

With money, opulence, greed as the vital characters in this film, it will be interesting to see what Ms. Coppola has created.

Only can the final verdict be made when it hits the theatres June 14th.
Till then,view the trailer, and decide for yourself.

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And on a side note – who else could take Emma Watson and whisk her away from being rendered “Immobulus” as Hermione Granger? It will be interesting to see what Emma Watson does with what Ms. Coppola has given her.

To The Manor Born


Created by Peter Spence
Penelope Keith as Audrey fforbes-Hamilton and Peter Bowles as Richard DeVere.

After her husband dies, aristocrat Audrey (sic) fforbes-Hamilton is forced to sell her families estate, Grantleigh, her family’s residence for the past 400 years, to a nouveau-riche grocer, Richard Devere. Moving merely down the drive, so as to keep a close eye on her estate, Audrey has to readjust to simpler life and smaller abode. Whilst steadfastly maintaining Noblsee Obligue, retaining her butler and her Rolls Royce, Audrey muddles her way through learning to pay bills, grocery shop and finding a vocation. She apprehends the role as DeVere’s instructor on how to assimilate being Lord of the manor and all the responsibilities that comes with the estate.


Fun Fact:
The title is a deliberate pun on the phrase “to the manner born,” from Shakespeare‘s Hamlet  – “Though I am a native here and to the manner born, it is a custom more honoured in the breach than the observance.”


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Absolutely Fabulous Splashes onto the Big Screen

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How Fabulous Darling, its Absolutely Official:
Edina and Patsy are back, and BIGGER THAN EVER!
(which is huge considering Patsy’s non-existent eating habit)

Oh how I have missed Pats viciously sharp tongue that slices like a drunk Samuri,  Edina’s prodigious penchant for Lacroix clothing (that I am positive can induce seizures). And last but not least, proving just how paramount PR is to the survival of the human race.

I can’t wait for their wheels to start burning up again,
go rolling down the road,
and explode onto the big screen

Cheers, Sweetie


Happy 2013 to We Happy Few!

Ringing in 2013


Resolutionary Thought

No drinking, smoking, go on diet, loose 2st, detox etc. The usual resolutions, are like the year before – old business. They are not to be kept. The New Year is the Battle of Agincourt. Resolutions are not routine, nor are they practice. They are sanguine thoughts that let us ring in the new year with determination and forbearance. Rather than making resolutions like the French did most likely singing, I Dream a Dream, attempt the British modus operandi. Attempt your resolutions so that they carry the same magic that Shakespeare’s Henry V possessed when he belted out “we few, we happy few, we band of brothers.”

To make a resolution, one needs to find a companion, a friend, a mate to remember what feats [they] did that [year], and to use as motivation.
Bind together, help each other out and think about those who are lying now-a-bed, pulling the covers over their head to silence the sound of the alarm and hide from the persisting glare of their new trainers awaiting their January 1st run. Let he who have no stomach for this feast, let him depart. Perhaps in France there are castle on clouds, but here in Great Britain we keep our foundations firmly on the ground.

Here ‘s to 2013!