What are revue style productions?
From my research I have found that a revue is theatrical entertainment consisting of unrelated or sometimes related acts. They can sometimes be connected by a theme and the acts can consist of a combination of songs, dances, skits, scenes, monologues and more. A revue does not have an overarching storyline. Although my website references may not individually be known as reliable sources, they all seemed to back each other up saying this similar content. The idea of a revue style comes originally from the French street fairs of the middle Ages. Events of the year were performed with often comedic intentions according to encyclopaedia Britannica. The English revue performances were seen as intimate for their audience. Some even think that revues played an important part in keeping up the morale in London during the German bombings of 1940. From my research revues frequently satirize contemporary figures, news or literature and can often performances that are paid to attend by their audience.
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Wikipedia. (2016). Revue. Available: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revue. Last accessed 03 Dec 2016.
Merriam Webster. (2016). Revue. Available: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/revue. Last accessed 03 Dec 2016.
What industry based international fim and television awards are there?
Firstly you have the Academy Award of Merit, or as they are more commonly known, the Oscars. They have one of the most anticipated ceremonies every year. This can be seen from the fact that it is watched live in over 200 countries. It was first presented in 1929 with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences overseeing the process. This year they will be on February 26th and it will be the 89th ceremony. Last year it was presented at the Dolby Theatre and the categories are extensive, including leading and supporting actor/actress, best animated feature film, best documentary, best cinematography, best directing, best original music score and many others.
Then you have the BAFTA or the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards. It is an independent charity that supports, develops and promotes the art of the moving image by identifying and rewarding excellence. The award ceremony is hosted by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts which was founded in 1947. The first ever awards were given two years later. In 1958, the Academy merged with the Guild of Television Producers and Directors. The award itself is a theatrical mask designed by Mitzi Cunliffe and the ceremony usually takes place in February, before the Oscars. In addition to its Awards ceremonies, BAFTA has a year-round, international programme of learning events and that offers unique access to some of the world’s most prestigious talent through workshops, master classes, scholarships, lectures and mentoring schemes for all ages and backgrounds.
The Golden Globes are the award given by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association during an annual ceremony and dinner that is held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, this has been since 1961. The first award was given in 1943 and it has since become a significant element of the film industry since the ceremony was first broadcast in 167 countries in the world. That makes it the third most watched awards show after the Grammy Awards and the Oscars. Actress Meryl Streep is the only person to receive eight Golden Globes and Barbra Streisand has nine if you include the honorary awards.
The information I have found about these awards have mainly come from the official websites for each of the awards so the content should have high reliability and quality.
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BAFTA. (2016). About BAFTA. Available: http://www.bafta.org/about. Last accessed 03 Dec 2016.
The Associated Press. (2015). 73rd annual Golden Globe nominations announced.Available: http://www.wktv.com/news/73rd_annual_Golden_Globe_nominations_announced.html. Last accessed 03 Dec 2016.
What are some of the range of categories awarded?
- Actress in a leading role
- Actor in a leading role
- Actress in a supporting role
- Actor in a supporting role
- Best animated feature film
- Costume design
- Foregin Language Film
- Hair and Makeup
- Origional Music Song
- Origional Music Score
- Production Design
- Short Film
- Visual Effects
- Origional Writting
- Adaptated Writting
- Best Motion Picture
- Best Musical
- Best Comedy
The Golden Globes. (2016). Winners & Nominees 2016. Available: http://www.goldenglobes.com/winners-nominees. Last accessed 03 Dec 2016.
The Oscars. (2016). Oscar Winners. Available: http://oscar.go.com/winners. Last accessed 03 Dec 2016.
For my three possible options that are inspired by film, I have ideas from the films:
-Wild Tales (las Ratas)
-The Kings Speech
-The Theory Of Everything
For a small group I chose Wild Tales which is a 2014 Argentine film consisting of six shorts stories that explore the violence and revenge from people in distress. The director and writer for all 6 is Damián Szifrón. It was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards, won the Best Film Not in the English Language at the 69th British Academy Film Awards, and also won the Best Ibero-American Film at the 2nd Platino Awards. The short that caught my interest the most was Las Ratas. Its about a young man who offers loans at an extremely high interest rate, stops at a small restaurant by a highway. The waitress recognizes him as the man who ruined her family, causing her father to kill himself and then tried to seduce her mother. The cook offers to put poison in his food which she refuses to do, but the cook adds the poison anyway. Then at this point the man’s son arrives and eats the food, the waitress tries to take the poisoned food away but man attacks her. The son vomits and the cook ends up stabbing the man and the police arrest the cook. I thought this would work well as it is dramatic yet not through special effects or other unachievable means to put it on stage. That makes it budget friendly too as it can be done with a very minimalistic set which is perfect for us and our revue. It also means that if we performed it then we aren’t trying to live up to well-known actors with a well known story, as not as many people will have heard of it. On top of this, as it is one of 6 in the whole film it isn’t too long for a performance length and could be shorted as much as we needed.
BAFTA. (2016). Film Not in the English Language – Wild Tales.Available: http://www.bafta.org/film/awards/film-not-in-the-english-language. Last accessed 2016.
Wikipedia. (2016). Wild Tales. Available: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wild_Tales_(film). Last accessed 11th Dec 2016.
Wikipedia. (2016). List of Academy Award winners and nominees for Best Foreign Language Film. Available: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Academy_Award_winners_and_nominees_for_Best_Foreign_Language_Film. Last accessed 11th Dec 2016.
For the duet I have chosen the 2010 film ‘The Kings Speech’ and more specifically the music, which was composed by Alexandre Michel Gérard Desplat who is a French film composer. The score was nominated for several awards, including Best Original Score at the Oscars, Golden Globes, and BAFTAs, winning the latter award. The score also won a Grammy at the 54th Grammy Awards. I thought it would work well for either a dance duet or perhaps even a physical theatre piece as it offers a lot of possibilities through the dance narrative options you could take.
The Kings Speech. (2016). Home. Available: http://www.kingsspeech.com/. Last accessed 11th Dec 2016.
Wikipedia. (2016). The Kings Speech. Available: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_King’s_Speech. Last accessed 11th Dec 2016.
For the solo I have the idea of using the 2014 film ‘The Theory Of Everything’ as my inspiration. It is directed by James Marsh and adapted by Anthony McCarten from the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen by Jane Wilde Hawking, which deals with her relationship with her ex-husband. The film received 10 British Academy Film Award nominations and won Outstanding British Film, Best Leading Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay. Lynn suggested that I looked into writing a monologue and I would like to do this with a solo playing Jane. She is the Literature student who Stephen falls in love with. I would like to write and perform a monologue for her as I think there are so many elements to the character that you could focus on in a speech outside what they show in the film. Such as her pressure and responsibility to look after Stephen, her love life confusion between Stephen and Jonathan, the low points of being frustrated at not being able to focus on her own work but equally the highs in her life.
Wikipedia. (2016 ). The Theory of Everything (2014 film). Available: The Theory of Everything (2014 film). Last accessed 11th Dec 2016.
Stephen Hawking. (2016). About Stephen Brief Biography. Available: http://www.hawking.org.uk/. Last accessed 11th Dec 2016.
Kashmira Gander . (2016). Baftas 2015: The Theory of Everything wins Outstanding British Film. Available: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/baftas-2015-the-theory-of-everything-wins-outstanding-british-film-10032329.html. Last accessed 11th Dec 2016.