Rare stills

I’ve been scanning photographs from my personal collection to share with you guys, and today I bring you another shot from Absolutely Fabulous, promotional photos from Arms and the Man, and stills from Helena’s appearance in the rare television film, The Vision. I would greatly appreciate it if you could credit back to the site if you use them for edits on Tumblr etc.

BBC America to Co-Produce ‘Burton & Taylor’

It has just been announced that BBC America will be co-producing Helena’s upcoming BBC film, Burton & Taylor, alongside Dominic West. It will air in their Dramaville block, according to the following press release:

Announced today, BBC America is co-producing for Dramaville, Burton & Taylor, starring Dominic West (The Hour, The Wire) and Helena Bonham Carter (Lone Ranger, The King’s Speech), as Hollywood’s most famous volatile on-again-off-again lovers, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. The 90-minute drama follows their private and public relationship played out against their ill-fated appearance in a 1983 revival of Noël Coward’s stage play, Private Lives.

Written by William Ivory (Made in Dagenham, Going for Gold), Burton & Taylor is a BBC Drama Production for BBC Four and co-produced by BBC America. The drama is distributed internationally by BBC Worldwide.

Burton & Taylor is one of the most fascinating, glamorous and tempestuous relationships of the 20th century – the two most famous movie stars of their day who played out every high and low of their love affairs, multiple marriages and divorces right in the public eye.

Perry Simon, General Manager, Channels, BBC Worldwide America commented: “We are thrilled to bring Burton & Taylor to BBC America’s Dramaville. With the incredibly talented and award-winning Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West in the title roles and a compelling script from William Ivory, Burton & Taylor captures the final and complicated reunion on stage of two British and Hollywood icons. We’re excited to tell this story in the tradition of the great BBC dramas our audience has come to expect.”

The executive producer for the BBC is Jessica Pope. The director is Richard Laxton (Effie, Him and Her, Hancock), and the producer is Lachlan McKinnon (Silent Witness).

Burton & Taylor is the latest title to join BBC America’s Dramaville, the home of groundbreaking British drama. The Dramaville slate includes the upcoming mini-series Spies of Warsaw, premiering April 3, the returning Golden Globe®-winning mini-series Luther, upcoming mini-series Broadchurch and previous acclaimed mini-series including The Hour and Inside Men.

‘A Night of Funk & Soul’ for Save the Children

Helena and Tim co-hosted A Night of Funk & Soul in aid of Save the Children last night. The event, also hosted by Sir Alan Parker, was held at The Roundhouse and raised an impressive £1.3 million, with Helena herself making a generous bid of £50,000 for a sculpture by Marc Quinn. In attendance were the likes of Jonathan Ross and wife, Jane Goldman, Samantha Cameron, Joely Richardson and Ronnie Wood. I have added 14 MQ pictures to the gallery.

An incredible time was had at A Night of Funk and Soul at the Roundhouse, raising a tremendous £1.3m for Save the Children! Co-hosted by Helena Bonham Carter, Tim Burton and Alan Parker, and compered by Jonathan Ross, guests enjoyed a remarkable night of exciting high energy music. Guests including Samantha Cameron, Ronnie Wood and Jemima Khan looked on as Funk & Soul legends Trevor Horn CBE, Nile Rodgers and Maceo Parker jammed with contemporary guest artists James Morrison, Lemar and Beverley Knight

Anticipation was high during the auction of luxury items, which included a Fender Strat signed by the night’s artists, a tour of the McQueen Atelier with Sarah Burton, a sculpture by Marc Quinn which went for £50k and two jukeboxes packed with funk and sould music, which sold for £72k.

The evening was a huge achievement for Save the Children not only as an important fundraiser but as an opportunity to raise awareness of our vital work amongst a high profile community of supporters.

Source: Save the Children

85th Academy Awards

I hope everyone enjoyed the Oscars last night – huge congratulations to all the winners of the night, which included three wins for Les Misérables. I’ve been busy adding photos from the big event to the gallery – so far we have 60 HQ and 25 MQ. You can watch the performance by the cast of Les Misérables (including Helena!) below: