Written By GingersnapComments Off on How Helen McCrory Shone, Even in a Haze of Mystery – April 17, 2021
She was unforgettable onstage playing seemingly serene women who rippled with restlessness
by Ben Brantley | New York Times | April 17, 2021
Selfishly, my first feelings on hearing that the uncanny British actress Helen McCrory had died at 52 were of personal betrayal. We were supposed to have shared a long and fruitful future together, she and I. There’d be me on one side of the footlights and her on the other, as she unpacked the secrets of the human heart with a grace and ruthlessness shared by only a few theater performers in each generation.
I never met her, but I knew her — or rather I knew the women she embodied with an intimacy that sometimes seemed like a cruel violation of privacy. When London’s theaters reawakened from their pandemic lockdown, she was supposed to be waiting for me with yet another complete embodiment of a self-surprising life.
Ms. McCrory had become world famous for dark and exotic roles onscreen, as the fiercely patrician witch Narcissa Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies and the terrifying criminal matriarch Polly Gray in the BBC series “Peaky Blinders.” But for me, she was, above all, a bright creature of the stage and in herself a reason to make a theater trip to London.
Written By GingersnapComments Off on Helen McCrory Has Passed Away at the Age of 52 – April 16, 2021
Go Now, Little One
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | April 16, 2021
We are so shocked and saddened by the terrible news that Helen has passed away. We have Damian, Manon and Gulliver in our thoughts and hope they will find peace in the beautiful memories they created together. Helen was a beautiful soul, a brilliant actress, and a kick-ass woman. Please visit the Helen-McCrory.comTribute Page to see all the memories people are sharing about her. If you would like leave your own heartfelt comments and condolences, please visit the Tribute Posthere.
If you wish to make a donation, the McCrory-Lewis family has asked that donations be made to the Sir Hubert von Herkomer Arts Foundation here.
Written By GingersnapComments Off on Damian Lewis on His Wife Helen McCrory: The Sunday Times – April 18, 2021
“I’ve never known anyone able to enjoy life as much”
by Damian Lewis | The Sunday Times | April 18, 2021
Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images
The star, who has died of cancer at 52, was a brilliant actress and an even better person, writes her husband.
As I sit down to write this, I can hear Helen shouting from the bed, “Keep it short, Damian, it’s not about you.”
I’ll try, but on a weekend when the papers, rightly, will be paying their respects to the Duke of Edinburgh, thousands of others around the world have been remembering m’Duchess, my Little One, royalty in her own right. And I’d like to throw in my tuppence worth …
When I say “royalty”, I am of course referring to the esteem in which Helen is held in our business. Her nickname to many was Dame Helen (apologies, Dame Helen), and although we’ll never know now whether that would have become a reality, I think secretly, we do know.
Damian joined the Sir HvH Arts Foundation graffiti art project in Hampstead Heath for “Neville the Starfish.” Looks like Neville is getting some purple highlights from our favorite Ginger! Sponsored by Love Camden, the project supported over 96 young people in the community to be able to express their talented skills.
Youngsters used graffiti to transform a bridge linking Hampstead Heath and Gospel Oak. Children aged 8 to 18 spray painted the pathway leading from Savernake Road, as part of a charity scheme to encourage creativity and community engagement. The murals feature two steam trains made up of characters and creatures imagined by the children, drawing on the mystical and the magical.
Written By GingersnapComments Off on Dream Horse Screening at the Atlanta Film Festival – April 9, 2021
Film Festival in Atlanta
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | April 9, 2021
The Atlanta Film Festival 2021 takes place from April 22 – May 2 in Atlanta, Georgia. This year, conscious of Covid-safety, the 23rd annual festival will be presented in a hybrid format, with a mix of outdoor screenings, virtual cinema, celebrity conversations, limited parties, and some indoor film events. Due to the ongoing pandemic, ATLFF 2021 will be presented via a mix of drive-in, virtual and socially distanced in-person screenings.
Marquee film Dream Horse with Damian Lewis and Toni Collette will screen Wednesday, April 28th from 7:00 PM – 9:10 PM EDT at Plaza Theatre A located at 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306.
Festival passes and tickets for individual events are on sale now on the site. Drive-in screenings cost $15-50 (depending on the number of people in the vehicle), virtual events cost $9.99 and tickets to in-person screenings cost $20.
Select a showing here to purchase tickets.
For more information, please visit Atlanta Film Festival here