Last night marked the closing of the London Film Festival Gala but not before hosting an intimate screening and Q&A of The Irishman on Friday, October 11, 2019 in London. Special guests from the film included Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, Harvey Keitel, Emma Tillinger-Koskoff and SandyPowell. A cocktail reception was followed by the screening and guests included, Andrea Riseborough, Lady Amelia Windsor, Barry Keoghan, Bianca Jagger, Bob Geldof, Damian Lewis, Dexter Fletcher, Fiona Shaw, Helen McCrory, Ophelia Lovibond, Stephen Frears, Will Poulter and Yorgos Lanthimos. Charles Finch and Edith Bowman hosted the event.
The film is Director Martin Scorsese’s epic saga of organized crime in postwar America as told by a mob hitman who recalls his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa. The film stars Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, Bobby Cannavale, Ray Romano, and Anna Paquin.
You can catch The Irishman on Netflix November 27, 2019 (USA release).
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Damian as McQueen Projected by Old Fashioned Movie Reel
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | September 27, 2019
Don’t miss the chance to see Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood as Quentin Tarantino intended – projected from 35mm film and screened at the theatre of Mary Shelley‘s Estate. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see Tarantino’s latest film in this format. For ticket information, please visit Shelley Theatre here.
When: Thursday, November 28, 2019 Time: 20:00 Where: Shelley Theatre – Bournemouth, Dorset UK Run Time: 161 minutes
Synopsis: It’s 1969 Los Angeles, and everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore. The ninth film from writer-director Quentin Tarantino features a large ensemble cast and multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age.
Shelley Theatre Details: Shelley Theatre is located on the Bournemouth clifftop, a theatre you probably never knew about. They are a 150 seated theatre and provide a variety of entertainment. The theatre was built in the 1860s by the famous Shelley family, intended to be the home of Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein. The Cafe is open during the week Monday through Friday from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm.
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The World of Espionage: Traitor or Hero?
by Dalya Alberge | The Guardian | September 21, 2019
His award-winning performances have included the hit espionage drama series Homeland and he is among actors tipped to take over from Daniel Craig as James Bond. Now Damian Lewis has taken on his first role in a television docudrama about spies, whom he describes as “often quite grubby and banal”, a world away from the glamour of 007.
The Hollywood star presents and produces the eight-part show about some of the most significant espionage operations of the last 40 years. The series features undercover agents – some still identified only by their code names – who were persuaded to tell their stories for the first time.
“I find the different reasons for turning traitor or being a hero, depending on your view, are often quite grubby and banal. I’m interested [in] the motives of these spies. That’s the series we’ve tried to make,” Lewis said.
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Announcing the NVFF19 Feature Films Competition
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | September 13, 2019
Finally, the moment we’ve all been waiting for. We’re thrilled to announce the ninth annual Napa Valley Film Festival’s Narrative and Documentary Feature films in core competition. These sixteen films will vie for the respective titles of Best Narrative Feature and Best Documentary Feature, as determined by our esteemed jury.
The Napa Valley Film Festival runs from November 13-17, 2019 and takes place at a variety of unique screening venues such as, theaters, wineries, resorts, estates, and vineyard settings throughout the Napa Valley in Napa, California. The festival is a 5-day celebration that blends the art of film, food, and wine together. Shop for general passes here.
The complete program lineup of approximately 80 films, including Studio Spotlights, Verge, Culinary Cinema, Special Presentations, and Narrative and Documentary Shorts will be announced in early October. And now, without further ado, the narrative and documentary films in core competition:
Run This Town, directed by Ricky Tollman
This is the story of the inner workings of a city seen through the eyes of the interns and assistants that run it. A political aide tries to corral his brash, outspoken boss when a young researcher at a newspaper gets word of a scandal that could make or break both of their careers. Starring Ben Platt, Mena Massoud, Nina Dobrev, Damian Lewis, Jennifer Ehle, and Scott Speedman. West Coast Premiere.
Click here to purchase tickets to the screening of Run This Town set for Friday, November 15, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. Pacific time in the Uptown Theater. Tickets are $25.00 USD.
Click here to see what Nina Dobrev has to say about Damian’s performance as Rob Ford.
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From Our Kind of Traitor to Spy Wars
by Matthew Bell | Royal Television Society | September 12, 2019
Having played a fictional spy in the John le Carré adaptation Our Kind of Traitor and a turncoat in long-running US thriller Homeland, Damian Lewis has turned presenter for History’s new espionage series.
The actor was initially reluctant when his brother, Gareth – one of the executive producers of Damian Lewis: Spy Wars – asked him to present. “I hadn’t done factual [before] and I don’t consider myself a presenter.
“But I enjoy the [spy] genre and I thought it was an opportunity to look behind these popular stories and see if we could unearth something a bit more intimate about the people themselves, and the ramifications on global politics of very personal decisions taken by individuals.”
Lewis was talking after a screening of an episode of Damian Lewis: Spy Wars at the British Museum in mid-September.
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The Spy Stories That Still Intrigue Us
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | September 11, 2019
Gareth Lewis second from left, Damian Lewis far right.
On Wednesday, September 11, 2019 The Royal Television Society hosted an exclusive sneak peek screening of History UK’s Damian Lewis: Spy Wars , followed by a Q&A, at the British Museum in London, England. Damian, along with his brother Gareth Lewis, Johanna Woolford Gibbon, Dan Korn, and more were present. Here is a highlight of the evening:
Damian Lewis: I wanted to get involved because I’ve been to Langley the CIA headquarters for Homeland…but I wanted to look at the personal intimate decisions people have made.
Johanna Woolford Gibbon: We wanted to speak to people who were in the room at the time and could give us that personal testimony to get into the mind of the spy.
Johanna Woolford Gibbon: We have Russian and French speaking specialists who gained the trust of people over months so we could get the testimonies.
Dan Korn: Having the small human stories has made this series what it is. It’s about getting to the story behind the story.
Gareth Lewis: We’re telling stories that go back 40 years and yet we’re still reading these kind of things today. How we’ve come to this point is mind boggling, that we’re still locked in this kind of conflict, it’s slightly worrying.
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Damian Will Attend Exclusive Screening
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | August 23, 2019
Royal Television Society and A+E Networks UK have partnered for an exclusive advanced screening of the new ground-breaking docu-drama from HISTORY, Damian Lewis: Spy Wars on Wednesday September 11, 2019 in the Stevenson Lecture Theatre at the British Museum, located on Great Russell Street in London. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a 7:00 p.m. start time.
Damian Lewis will be attending the screening along with the production team and key A+E Networks UK programme makers. Following the screening of the episode, there will be a Q&A with key creatives behind the series. Click here to book now!
The global premiere of Damian Lewis: Spy Wars will be on the HISTORY channel in the UK on Monday, October 7, 2019. The new UK series focuses on many of the most critical and remarkable espionage operations which defined intelligence warfare and reveals remarkable true stories. Click here for more information about the show.
Booking Details: Tickets for RTS members are free and non-member tickets are £10. Tickets are non-refundable and must be booked in advance.
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Live From the White Carpet, it’s Steve McQueen!
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | July 31, 2019
Damian was interviewed on the white carpet during the Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood UK premiere on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 and he spoke about what it was like to play Steve McQueen (it all starts with the wig!), the overall movie theme, and hanging out with Quentin Tarantino. Watch three videos and the white carpet arrivals here:
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Steve McQueen and His Queen
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | July 30, 2019
Damian and Helen attended the Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood UK Premiere at Odeon Luxe Leicester Square on July 30, 2019 in London, England. Co-stars Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Leonardo DiCaprio, Lena Dunham, Costa Ronin, and David Heyman were also present, along with writer/director Quentin Tarantino and his wife Daniela Tarantino.
Experience Quentin Tarantino’s vision of 1969 Hollywood in UK cinemas on August 14, 2019.
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It was a night full of Peaky Blinders! While we don’t have a photo of Damian and Helen pictured together, we can share a picture of Helen at the Peaky Blinders BFI TV Preview held at BFI Southbank on July 23, 2019 in London, England and a picture of Damian enjoying the Peaky Blinders season five after party.
But wait, there’s more! According to Deadline, Helen’s Peaky Blinders will be trailered in movie theaters ahead of Damian’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, which releases in the UK on August 14.
Peaky will return to UK television later this year, moving from BBC Two to BBC One.
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Inside the ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Premiere
by Chris Gardner | Hollywood Reporter | July 23, 2019
Quentin Tarantino has called Once Upon a Time in Hollywood his love letter to 1969 Los Angeles, and on Monday night, the auteur delivered that heartfelt homage right in the heart of Tinseltown at the iconic TCL Chinese Theatre.As the writer, director and producer of his ninth film, Tarantino’s passions for the bygone era could be felt everywhere — from a faux studio soundstage that served as the backdrop for a blush pink carpet to an outdoor lounge dubbed the Pussycat Theatre where VIPs sipped cocktails at sundown waiting for stars Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie to arrive.
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A Collection of Reviews from the Press Screening at Cannes Film Festival
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | May 21, 2019
During the screening of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, writer/director Quentin Tarantino asked the press not to reveal anything that would prevent later audiences from experiencing the film – the journey of discovering a story for the first time. And we know even less about Damian’s portrayal as Steve McQueen in the much anticipated film set to release in U.S. theaters on July 26 and in UK cinemas on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. Until then, here is a collection of reviews that we’ve found mentioning Damian or “cameo” actors that are sure to whet your appetite.