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Craft Considerations: Composer Dustin O’Halloran Layers Paranoia and Heartbreak Into an Experimental Score
by Staff | IndieWire | May 23, 2023
The story of Kim Philby, the high-ranking British intelligence official who turned out to be one of the biggest double agents in U.K. history (and a hero of the Soviet Union, if you take the Russian point of view), is well known at this point. Dozens of books, fiction and nonfiction, have been written about how Philby took in the great and the good of MI6 and the CIA for decades before he finally had to flee across the Iron Curtain in 1963.
This version of Philby, played with the kind of rumpled fatalism only Guy Pierce can muster, spends a lot of time keeping those friends close at the cost of his own soul, particularly Nicholas Elliott (Damian Lewis). But MGM Television’s “A Spy Among Friends,” which traces Philby and Elliott’s relationship from World War II to the ramifications of Philby’s defection (though not necessarily in that order) has no interest in spelling out how genuine the friendships of spies can be. It is interested in giving us the clues, hidden (among other places) in the adrenaline and emotion of the miniseries’s remarkable score.
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A Spy Among Friends: Best New Drama and Drama Performance
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | May 23, 2023
Both Damian and Guy Pearce have been nominated for best Drama Performance by the National Television Awards (NTAs) for its first round of long list contenders. Also A Spy Among Friends has been nominated for best New Drama. Voting is now open so be sure to vote so Damian and ASAF advance to the next round of short list contenders. Simply view the list of contenders and tick one in each of the 16 categories to select who you think should win. All votes must be in by 11:00 p.m. BST on Friday, June 2, 2023. The shortlist of contenders will be announced in August.
Who wins is down to you, so vote for Damian here and A Spy Among Friendshere before it’s too late! VERY IMPORTANT: you must go through EACH category to the very end, but you can skip categories you don’t want to vote for. When you are finished you must submit your name and email address for the vote to count.
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A Spy Among Friends: Best Mini-Series
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | May 14, 2023
Damian, looking super suave in his suit, attended the The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards this evening on Sunday, May 14, 2023 at Royal Festival Hall in London. In usual fashion Damian hammed it up for photographers with a series of very animated poses at the step and repeat board, at times taking videos of the onlookers to document the experience. View the most hilarious photos from tonight’s event in our Gallery here.
His ITVX drama A Spy Among Friends was nominated for best TV mini-series of 2022 but lost to Mood. Damian was also a presenter at the evening’s ceremony, presenting the Leading Actress Award to Kate Winslet. According to Huffington Post, Damian jokingly told the audience:
“I’m surprised you’re all still here. It’s a brilliant bar out there, I’ve been in a couple of times.”
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Damian Lewis: A Spy Among Friends
by Staff | BAFTA | May 12, 2023
As previously reported A Spy Among Friends has been nominated for a BAFTA TV Award as one of the very best TV mini-series of 2022. Other contenders in the same category are Mood, The Thief and This is Going to Hurt, which has received 6 nominations. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards will be hosted by comedians Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan and will take place on Sunday, May 14, 2023, and will be broadcast on BBC One and iPlayer at 7:00 p.m.
Broadcaster and creator of Chicken Shop Date Amelia Dimoldenberg completes Sunday’s hosting line-up in a new backstage position, interviewing stars as they come off stage, as part of the BBC One broadcast. Audiences will be able to tune into the action from 3pm via @BAFTA with Clara Amfo and Michelle Visage leading the red carpet coverage.
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Damian Lewis is Outstanding as Elliott
by Mike Hale | New York Times | May 10, 2023
It has been a quiet season for international television on American screens — nothing has grabbed attention on a Squid Game or Downton Abbey scale. But barely a day goes by, in the streaming age, without an interesting series washing up from some foreign shore. Here are four recent shows worth tracking down, from an elegant British thriller to a Chinese dramedy about a demon god and an immortal warrior who meet cute on the mortal plane.
Damian Lewis returns to the world of international espionage as an MI6 agent in the complicated, fact-based mini-series A Spy Among Friends.
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Betrayal of Both Colleague and Country
by WSJ Arts in Review Staff | Wall Street Journal | March 31, 2023
John Wick and Adonis Creed make bloody returns, Ted Lasso makes a benevolent one, documentaries revisit the disasters of Waco, Texas, and Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Sally Hawkins finds the remains of Richard III, and much, much more.
Here’s a roundup of the month’s most noteworthy movies and TV shows, as covered by The Wall Street Journal’s critics.
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Mano o Mano
by J.P Devine | Morning Sentinel | March 30, 2023
I remember this story because I’m old. If you’re older than 60, you will as well, but at the time, here in America, you probably didn’t care. It was 1963, and the assassination of JFK was enough to deal with, and no one here even knew the rest of the world existed or cared.
But when this story “A Spy Among Friends,” taken from the book by Ben Macintyre, finally found space to let us think about it, we learned that MI6 (British CIA) and the notorious Kim Philby (Guy Pearce, “The Road”) had been a double agent for the Russians since his college years.
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by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | March 22, 2023
A Spy Among Friends has been nominated for a BAFTA TV Award as one of the very best TV mini-series of 2022. Other contenders in the same category are Mood, The Thief and This is Going to Hurt, which has received 6 nominations. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards will be hosted by Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan and will take place on Sunday, May 14, 2023, and will be broadcast on BBC One and iPlayer at 7:00 p.m. The Awards are the biggest celebration of excellence across British and international television production and broadcasting. Congratulations to actors Guy Pearce, Anna Maxwell Martin and Stephen Kunken, Director Nick Murphy, Alexander Cary who created the series for television based off of Ben Macintyre’s book, and last but not least, Damian who served dual roles on the project: actor and executive producer through his Ginger Biscuit Entertainment.
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Lewis and Pearce Make For a Formidable Pairing
by Simon Thompson | Forbes | March 15, 2023
There is a simple explanation for why the story of Kim Philby, a British intelligence agent spying for the Russians, might seem familiar. The fascinating real-life tale has been the inspirational jumping-off point for countless characters in the genre, from books to movies.
In A Spy Among Friends, a limited series streaming on MGM+, Philby, played by Guy Pearce, takes center stage in his own right. Damian Lewis plays Nicholas Elliott, his friend and the man given the job of bringing the double agent to justice. It’s based on the Ben Macintyre’s New York Times NYT best-selling book.