The essence of chic and a beautiful woman, Audrey Hepburn bought a certain ‘magic’ quality to the screen. Synonymous with big sunglasses and the little black dress, many are unaware of the hardships she endured in Nazi-occupied Holland while growing up. Starring in classic movies such as ‘Sabrina’, ‘My Fair Lady’ and of course, ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’, Audrey Hepburn brought effortless style and grace to the silver screen. An inspiration and a role model, Hepburn devoted much of her time and effort in later years to her role as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund. This is a very special look at one of Hollywood’s most memorable and treasured icons.
Marilyn Monroe is one of the most famous and adored icons of the 20th century. Like no other Hollywood star, she won the hearts of millions around the world. It’s been said that: “Monroe played the best game with the worst hand.” Her journey to stardom stemmed from a childhood of poverty, neglect, and loneliness. ‘Fascination’ tells the remarkable story of Marilyn’s life. From birth to her premature death, she endured criticism, insecurities, drug dependence, numerous miscarriages, and three broken marriages. Despite all her demons, her unprecedented beauty, talent and quick wit amazed all that came before her. This is clearly seen in iconic footage of Marilyn performing before thousands of servicemen at the Korean War, which said was one of the high points of her life. On August 4th, 1962 Marilyn Monroe was found dead at just 36 years of age from a probable suicide. Since her passing, there has been endless speculation as to the cause of her death and many conspiracy theories abound. The worldʼs fascination with Marilyn Monroe lives on to this day in the many iconic photographs, films and legends about this quintessential Hollywood Superstar.
A touching story of a woman with conviction, who is making a meaningful mark on the world for the better of all. World renowned for her exotic looks and Oscar award winning movies, there is so much more to this A-list celebrity than meets the eye. This is a fascinating documentary which goes beyond the Hollywood hype and explores the incredible life of Angelina Jolie.
More than any other figure in popular culture, Clint Eastwood has captured the public’s imagination. His steely gaze, enigmatic presence and tough guy attitude have seen him welcomed into cinema screens and the prestigious Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Having won five Academy awards, Eastwood has firmly cemented his place in the movie industry. With a career spanning six decades, Eastwood has played iconic roles in films such as Dirty Harry, The Man with no Name and Unforgiven . In recent years, it is his directorial ability that has garnered attention. Million Dollar Baby, Letters from Iwojima and Gran Torino have proved Eastwood is still a force to be reckoned with. However, it is not simply Eastwood’s talent on-screen and off that have enamored him with critics and cinema-goers alike. Eastwood is the quintessential representation of masculinity. This documentary delves into the man behind the tight-lipped mask. We look at Eastwood’s impressive body of work, including acting, directing and his influence on the film industry.
The worldʼs richest entertainer once said, “Though Iʼm grateful for the blessings of wealth, it hasnʼt changed who I am. My feet are still on the ground, Iʼm just wearing better shoes”. Maybe the reason sheʼs been able to remain so down-to-earth is because Winfreyʼs background resembles that of many of the guests on her show. Growing up in abject poverty, suffering an abusive childhood, she decided that success was the best way to avenge her upbringing; later turning a little-watched morning talk show called AM Chicago into the phenomenon we know now as the Oprah Winfrey Show.
Growing up in Missouri must have seemed a lifetime away from the bright lights and madness of Hollywood, but the star of movies such as Seven, California, Ocean’s Eleven and its sequels and Inglorious Basterds admits that the thought of settling down in a normal, nine-to-five job like his peers terrified him. His passion was films and if the movies weren’t coming to Missouri, then Pitt would go to them. The role that brought him to attention was as the sexy thief who held up convenience stores and seduced Geena Davis in Thelma and Louise. However, his personal life, particularly his relationship with Angelina Jolie and their brood of mostly adopted children, tended to take the mediaʼs focus from his film career.
After more than forty years of working in the film industry, George Lucas still gets just as much of a kick out of his movies as his fans do. A car accident forced him to change course in his career, taking liberal arts over pursuing a racing career and almost fifty years later is worth an estimated 3 billion US dollars. A meeting with Francis Ford Coppola after winning a scholarship from Warner Bros would be the catalyst that changed Lucas’s life forever. At age 30 he wrote and directed American Graffiti, which was loosely based on his own experiences as a teenager. The film picked up four Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay, but it was his next film, Star Wars, that catapulted him into the stratosphere of big-time movie directors.
One of the world’s favorite action men, Ford has been entertaining audiences for decades with his weary charm and unique blend of strength and sensitivity. His remarkable range has allowed him to play tough action heroes like Indiana Jones and Han Solo with a measure of humor and insecurity thrown in; then switch to dramatic characters such as those he played in Presumed Innocent and Regarding Henry. With such talent, itʼs probably surprising to fans that Ford fell into acting almost by accident, as his main agenda in taking drama classes in the beginning was to meet women!
Named after the famous painter because his pregnant mother was viewing the works of Da Vinci when she first felt him kick, the talented actor got his break in Hollywood at the age of sixteen. Playing the mentally retarded brother of Johnny Depp in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, he was nominated for an Academy Award. But it was his portrayal of Romeo in Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet that made him a household name. He followed it up with perhaps his biggest role, in James Cameron’s Titanic. It appears Leo will forever be remembered standing on the front of the famous ocean liner with his arms wrapped around Kate Winslet.
An unauthorized story on Heath Ledger. The old saying ?the flame that burns twice as bright burns twice as fast? is perhaps twice as true in Hollywood. Talented actors like James Dean and River Phoenix have become immortalized in the films they left behind. On the 22nd January 2008, the entertainment world was rocked by news that one of its brightest young stars had unexpectedly died. Heath Ledger had passed away in his hotel room, leaving behind a beautiful daughter Matilda, a legion of fans and most recently a remarkable performance as The Joker in Batman? – The Dark Knight?. Arole for which he earned the Golden Globe? Award for best supporting actor.Heath Andrew Ledger was born on the 4th April 1979 in Perth, Australia. Thanks to his talent and heart-throb good looks, Ledger was able to secure roles in popular soap programs ?Home & Away? and ?Sweat?. His star was destined to rise, and Ledger played a lead role in the movie ?Two Hands?, which received critical acclaim globally. He made his US debut in ?10 Things I Hate About You? and from there went on to star alongside major Hollywood actors in a raft of films. Determined to steer himself away from pin-up boy roles, Heath?s chance to prove himself as a heavy-weight actor came along in ?Monsters Ball?. This role led him to play repressed gay cowboy Ennis Del Mar in ?Brokeback Mountain? ? a controversial and captivating performance. It was on the set at Brokeback that Ledger met, and fell in love with co-star Michelle Williams. Although Ledger made a name for himself by acting, he maintained his and his growing family?s privacy at all times, shying away from excessive media exposure. Respected among his peers and loved by fans the world over, the legacy of Heath Ledger ? one of those ?bright flames? who passed away before their 30th birthday – will endure through his films, his daughter and his memory. Heath Ledger: ?A Tribute? is captivating viewing.
This film by Malcolm Hossick follows the life and work of George Orwell. Orwell was born in India and educated at Eton College. In 1922 he went out to Burma as a police officer. He returned to England in 1927 and determined to be a writer. He was interested in politics and the lot of the poor in society and his works reflect this interest. Just as he was becoming a successful novelist he died of tuberculosis. Many rate him as one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. The film is followed by a brief summary of his works.