Butterfly Crush is a 2010 film and directed by New Zealand filmmaker Alan Clay. It was adapted from his novel Dance Sisters; the story is about an Australian female song and dance duo whose chance at success is jeopardized when one of them gets involved with a cult group. Moana and Eva are the song and dance duo "Butterfly Crush". During a performance at Circular Quay in Sydney, a riot engulfs their show. In the midst of the riot, Moana awakens, to discover that the performance and riot was just a virtual dream, she is in the building of the Dreamguides, a cult operating in the Kings Cross neighborhood of Sydney. Eva has become involved with the Dreamguides. Moana and Eva plan to enter the "Australasian Song Awards" contest, become a big success; this plan starts to evaporate. She is under the influence of the cult’s magnetic leader, who tries to take control of the duo's management. Despite her distrust of the cult, Moana finds herself being drawn in by an attractive young cult member, Matt, he shows her how the virtual dreaming technology can combine with physical lovemaking to create a new experience of passion.
Deceived and controlled by Star, Eva quits the duo. Moana realizes she must find a way to turn the tables on Star, if she wants to get Eva and Butterfly Crush back, she attempts to trap Star. Moana is left badly shaken. Moana and the duo's manager, force Star to allow Eva to perform with Moana at the Awards, they win. Matt decides to leave the cult, escapes his cult minders to join the duo to celebrate the win. Courtney Hale as Moana Hayley Fielding as Eva Richard Adams as Matt Amelia Shankley as Star Sally Kelleher as Angel Alan Clay adapted his novel Dance Sisters over a two-year period in 2007/8; the characters and style of the film were developed over three two-week podcast shoots in 2009 where the musical numbers were recorded and music videos shot. Podcasts of the central characters were posted on the Internet. Clay worked with the young cast over a period of 14 months, using a process involving yoga and emotional warm ups. Over 200 actors auditioned in Melbourne, Sydney and Wellington for the lead roles.
The cast includes first-time film performers Courtney Hale, Hayley Fielding, Richard Adams. Amelia Shankley plays the cult leader Star; as a child actor, she won the Best Actress award of the Paris Film Festival for the feature film Dreamchild, as Alice Liddell, the girl who inspired Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. The film is set in Sydney. Exteriors were shot there in December 2009, with scenes set at Darling Harbour, Circular Quay, Kings Cross. All the interior scenes were shot in New Zealand. Accolade Award of Excellence, Best Supporting Actor - Amelia Shankley Anthem Film Festival, Best International Narrative Feature award Indie Gathering International Film Festival, Best Feature Drama Reel Independent Film Extravaganza, Best Feature Drama The film was released in New Zealand in 2010, in Australia in April 2012, it was distributed in North American on DVD and TV by Vanguard Cinema and Video On Demand by Indie Rights. Artmedia Productions Butterfly Crush on IMDb
Virtual International Authority File
The Virtual International Authority File is an international authority file. It is a joint project of several national libraries and operated by the Online Computer Library Center. Discussion about having a common international authority started in the late 1990s. After a series of failed attempts to come up with a unique common authority file, the new idea was to link existing national authorities; this would present all the benefits of a common file without requiring a large investment of time and expense in the process. The project was initiated by the US Library of Congress, the German National Library and the OCLC on August 6, 2003; the Bibliothèque nationale de France joined the project on October 5, 2007. The project transitioned to being a service of the OCLC on April 4, 2012; the aim is to link the national authority files to a single virtual authority file. In this file, identical records from the different data sets are linked together. A VIAF record receives a standard data number, contains the primary "see" and "see also" records from the original records, refers to the original authority records.
The data are available for research and data exchange and sharing. Reciprocal updating uses the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting protocol; the file numbers are being added to Wikipedia biographical articles and are incorporated into Wikidata. VIAF's clustering algorithm is run every month; as more data are added from participating libraries, clusters of authority records may coalesce or split, leading to some fluctuation in the VIAF identifier of certain authority records. Authority control Faceted Application of Subject Terminology Integrated Authority File International Standard Authority Data Number International Standard Name Identifier Wikipedia's authority control template for articles Official website VIAF at OCLC
Dreamchild is a 1985 British drama film written by Dennis Potter, directed by Gavin Millar and produced by Rick McCallum and Kenith Trodd. It stars Coral Browne, Ian Holm, Peter Gallagher, Nicola Cowper and Amelia Shankley and is a fictionalised account of Alice Liddell, the child who inspired Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; the story is told from the point of view of the elderly Alice as she travels to the United States from England to receive an honorary degree from Columbia University celebrating the centenary of Lewis Carroll's birth. It shares common themes with Potter's television play Alice; the film evolves from the factual to the hallucinatory as Alice revisits her memories of the Reverend Charles Dodgson, in Victorian-era Oxford to her immediate present in Depression-era New York. Accompanied by a shy young orphan named Lucy, old Alice must make her way through the modern world of tabloid journalism and commercial exploitation while attempting to come to peace with her conflicted childhood with the Oxford don.
The film begins on the ship bearing Lucy from England to New York City. As she and Lucy disembark, they are set upon by several journalists, all trying to get a story or quote from her. Bewildered by all the excitement, she is befriended by an ex-reporter, Jack Dolan, who helps her and Lucy through the legions of the press. Dolan becomes her agent and finds endorsement opportunities for her. Throughout it all, a romance develops between Lucy. Alice, being advanced in age, needs Lucy, of whom she can be demanding, to be her constant companion; when left alone in their hotel room, she begins to hallucinate and sees Mr. Dodgson in their room, later, the Mad Hatter and the March Hare. Joining them for their insane tea party, she is berated for being so forgetful, she remembers the lazy boating party of 4 July 1862, when the young Reverend Charles Dodgson, had attempted to entertain her and her sisters by spinning the nonsense tale that grew to be Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Via flashbacks, it is insinuated.
Alice is troubled by her recollections of Dodgson. The parameters of her relationship with him were somewhat tortured. Dodgson was unwaveringly adoring of Alice, while she was kind, she could sometimes be cruel and mocking of him of his occasional stutter – as on the day of the boating party when she was on the verge of her teens and trying to impress a couple of young students. Alice tries to rectify her feelings and past relationship with the author in her mind. By the time she delivers her acceptance speech at Columbia University, she comes to terms with Dodgson and the way she treated him. In another fantasy sequence with the Mock Turtle, the viewers see them reconciled together in a way that can be interpreted as all-encompassing, as both mutual apology and forgiveness. Potter based his script on a real incident where Alice went to New York to collect an honorary degree, he decided to do it as a feature, but after unhappy experiences writing Pennies from Heaven and Gorky Park he did it through his own company and worked as executive producer.
He used the director of his successful TV production, Cream in My Coffee. The film was part of a slate of movies greenlit by Verity Lambert at EMI Films. Others included Salyground, Morons from Outer Space, Comfort and Joy. EMI back with four feature films Peter; the Guardian 16 Nov 1983: 2. There was no US money in the film but Universal had first right of refusal to distribute. Potter said the movie "was perilously close to an art film but I'm sick of films made for teeny tots or adults who never grew up."Potter said, "It's alleged that when you repress things you know are doubtful, that's supposed to be harmful to you as a person, but great art can come out of discipline. Dodgson was heroic man than we think. I'm utterly convinced he never made any questionable physical contact with Alice, but he had what in these post-Freudian days would be called a sexual longing." Makeup and creature effects for the film were created by Jim Henson's Creature Shop. Six complexly detailed creatures, rather malformed, as they are in the book, were made.
The Gryphon and the sorrowful Mock Turtle live among ledges of rock on a darkling seashore. The March Hare has broken yellowish teeth and soiled looking whiskers and he seems to be chewing while he is speaking. He, the Mad Hatter, the Dormouse, the Caterpillar too,' converse in the same matter of fact, egalitarian manner that the visiting Alice does.' The puppets were based on the original Tenniel drawings, although Potter wanted them interpreted towards the dark side. Puppet movement and choreography was developed by choreographer Gates McFadden. Due to a problem with work visas, McFadden was unable to receive full credit in this film; the Chinese costume sequence in the film depicting Dodgson taking Alice's portrait at Oxford is based on actual photographs he took of her and her sisters. Dodgson, an early pioneer of photography, was considered one of the world's first portrait photographers. Dennis Potter's use of pop entertainment of the 1930s in his works is present in this film. "I Only Have Eyes for You" is sung at a tea dance at the Waldorf Astoria and Mrs. Hargreaves has a scene at a radio station that includes a crooner's rendition of "Confessin'".
The Depression-era setting of the film is in 1932, when Alice turned 80, two y
Mother Love (TV series)
Mother Love is a four-part British television drama that first aired from 29 October to 19 November 1989 on BBC1. It was adapted by Andrew Davies from Domini Taylor's novel concerning a mother's obsessive love for her son, vengeful hatred of his father, her ex-husband, the effect on her daughter-in-law and grandchildren, it starred Diana Rigg, David McCallum, James Wilby, Fiona Gillies, was directed by Simon Langton. Christopher "Kit" Vesey and Angela Vesey, a British yuppie couple, enjoy a idyllic life, yet there is one troubling factor in their lives - Kit's mother Helena, an eccentric and difficult woman consumed by anger with Kit's father, a famed concert musician with whom she believes Kit has no contact. Her oddness is confirmed in a series of incidents involving her ex-husband and his second wife Ruth, an artist. Flashbacks throughout the series reveal bits of Helena's troubled past. Little by little, the young couple's life begins to fall apart as Helena begins to act out her feelings of intense jealousy and desire for revenge, implicating a dear old friend and leading to murder.
Diana Rigg won the British Academy Television Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Helena. The series has yet to receive a commercial DVD release in any territory. Mother Love at the British Film Institute Mother Love on IMDb
Dennis Christopher George Potter was an English television dramatist and journalist. He is best known for his BBC TV serials Pennies from Heaven, The Singing Detective, the television plays Blue Remembered Hills and Brimstone and Treacle, his television dramas mixed fantasy and reality, the personal and the social, used themes and images from popular culture. Potter is regarded as one of the most influential and innovative dramatists to have worked in British television. Born in Gloucestershire and graduating from Oxford University, Potter worked in journalism. After standing for parliament as a Labour candidate at the 1964 general election, his health was affected by the onset of psoriatic arthropathy which necessitated Potter changing careers and led to him becoming a television dramatist, his new career began with contributions to the BBC's Wednesday Play anthology series in 1965, he continued to work in the medium for the rest of his life. He wrote screenplay adaptations for the Hollywood studios.
He died of pancreatic cancer in 1994. Dennis Potter was born in Berry Hill, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, his father, Walter Edward Potter, was a coal miner in this rural mining area between Gloucester and Wales. Potter had a sister named June. In 1946, Potter passed the eleven-plus and attended Bell's Grammar School at Coleford. Most of his secondary education however, was in London, it was in a street near Hammersmith Broadway that the ten-year-old Potter was sexually abused by his uncle, an experience he would allude to many times in his writing. During his speech at the 1993 James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture, Potter referred to this event when explaining his decision to switch from newspaper journalism to screenwriting: "Different words had to be found, with different functions, but why? Why, why. E. Day and V. J. Day, I was trapped by an adult's sexual appetite and abused out of innocence." His family returned to the Forest of Dean in 1952, having first left it in 1945, but Potter remained in London.
From the sixth form of St Clement Danes School, a grammar school in Hammersmith, he won a State Scholarship to the University of Oxford. Between 1953 and 1955, Potter did his National Service and learnt Russian at the Joint Services School for Linguists. On 10 January 1959 he married, at the Christ Church parish church in Berry Hill, Margaret Amy Morgan, a local girl he met at a dance, they lived a "surprisingly quiet private life" at Ross-on-Wye and had a son and two daughters and Sarah, to achieve prominence in the 1980s as an international cricketer. Potter's first non-fiction work, The Glittering Coffin, was published by the Gollancz Press in 1960; the book was a rumination on the changing face of England in the prosperity following the end of the war years. It was followed by The Changing Forest: Life in the Forest of Dean Today, based on the "Between Two Rivers" documentary; this book is a study of class and social mobility that demonstrates an early fascination with the effects of the mass media on British cultural life.
He soon returned to television. Daily Herald journalist David Nathan persuaded Potter to collaborate with him on sketches for That Was the Week That Was, their first piece was used in the edition of 5 January 1963. Potter stood as the Labour Party candidate for Hertfordshire East, a safe Conservative Party seat, in the 1964 general election against the incumbent Derek Walker-Smith. By the end of the unsuccessful campaign, he claimed that he was so disillusioned with party politics he did not vote for himself. Potter now embarked on work as a television playwright, he had begun to suffer in 1962 from a condition known as psoriatic arthropathy causing arthritis to develop in his joints as well as affecting his skin with psoriasis. It made futile any attempt to follow a conventional career path. Potter's career as a television playwright began with The Confidence Course which Potter had begun as a novel. An exposé of the Dale Carnegie Institute, it drew threats of litigation from that organisation.
Although Potter disowned the play, excluding it from his Who's Who entry, it used non-naturalistic dramatic devices which would become hallmarks of Potter's subsequent work. The Confidence Course script was liked by Wednesday Play script editor Roger Smith who commissioned Potter to write what became the second Nigel Barton play for the new anthology series. Alice, his next transmitted play, chronicled the relationship between Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known by his nom de plume, Lewis Carroll, his muse Alice Liddell; the play drew complaints from the descendants of Dodgson, of Macmillan, the publisher, who objected to the way the relationship was depicted. George Baker played Dodgson. Potter's most regarded works from this period were the semi-autobiographical plays Stand Up, Nigel Barton! and Vote, Vote for Nigel Barton, which featured Keith Barron. The former recounts the experience of a miner's son going to Oxford University where he finds himself torn between two worlds, culminating in Barton's participation in a television documentary.
This mirrored Potter's participation in Does Class Matter, a television documentary made while Potter was an Oxford undergraduate. The second play features the same character standing as a Labour cand
Alice Pleasance Hargreaves, née Liddell, was, in her childhood, an acquaintance and photography subject of Lewis Carroll. One of the stories he told her during a boating trip became the children's classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Although she shared her name with the heroine of the story, scholars disagree about the extent to which the character was based upon her, she married cricketer Reginald Hargreaves, they had three sons. Alice Liddell was the fourth of the ten children of Henry Liddell, Dean of Christ Church, one of the editors of A Greek-English Lexicon, his wife Lorina Hanna Liddell, she had two older brothers and Arthur, an older sister Lorina, six younger siblings, including her sister Edith to whom she was close and her brother Frederick, who became a lawyer and senior civil servant. At the time of her birth, Liddell's father was the Headmaster of Westminster School but was soon after appointed to the deanery of Christ Church, Oxford; the Liddell family moved to Oxford in 1856.
Soon after this move, Alice met Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, who encountered the family while he was photographing the cathedral on 25 April 1856. He became a close friend of the Liddell family in subsequent years. Alice was three years younger than Lorina and two years older than Edith, the three sisters were constant childhood companions, she and her family spent holidays at their holiday home Penmorfa, which became the Gogarth Abbey Hotel, on the West Shore of Llandudno in North Wales. When Alice Liddell was a young woman, she set out on a grand tour of Europe with Edith. One story has it that she became a romantic interest of Prince Leopold, the youngest son of Queen Victoria, during the four years he spent at Christ Church, but the evidence for this is sparse, it is true that years Leopold named his first child Alice, acted as godfather to Alice's second son Leopold. However, it is possible Alice was named in honour of Leopold's deceased elder sister instead, the Grand Duchess of Hesse. A recent biographer of Leopold suggests it is far more that Alice's sister Edith was the true recipient of Leopold's attention.
Edith died on 26 June 1876 of measles or peritonitis, shortly before she was to be married to Aubrey Harcourt, a cricket player. At her funeral on 30 June 1876, Prince Leopold served as a pall-bearer. Alice Liddell married Reginald Hargreaves a cricketer, on 15 September 1880, at the age of 28 in Westminster Abbey, they had three sons: Leopold Reginald "Rex" Hargreaves. Liddell denied. Reginald Hargreaves inherited a considerable fortune, was a local magistrate. Alice became a noted society was the first president of Emery Down Women's Institute, she took to referring to herself as "Lady Hargreaves". After her husband's death in 1926, the cost of maintaining their home, was such that she deemed it necessary to sell her copy of Alice's Adventures Under Ground; the manuscript fetched £15,400, nearly four times the reserve price given it by Sotheby's auction house. It became the possession of Eldridge R. Johnson and was displayed at Columbia University on the centennial of Carroll's birth. Alice was present, aged 80, it was on this visit to the United States that she met Peter Llewelyn Davies, one of the brothers who inspired J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan.
Upon Johnson's death, the book was purchased by a consortium of American bibliophiles and presented to the British people "in recognition of Britain's courage in facing Hitler before America came into the war". The manuscript resides in the British Library. For most of her life, Alice lived around Lyndhurst in the New Forest. After her death in 1934, she was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium and her ashes were buried in the graveyard of the church of St Michael and All Angels Lyndhurst. A memorial plaque, naming her "Mrs. Reginald Hargreaves" can be seen in the picture in the monograph. On 4 July 1862, in a rowing boat travelling on the Isis from Folly Bridge, Oxford, to Godstow for a picnic outing, 10-year-old Alice asked Charles Dodgson to entertain her and her sisters and Lorina, with a story; as the Reverend Robinson Duckworth rowed the boat, Dodgson regaled the girls with fantastic stories of a girl, named Alice, her adventures after she fell into a rabbit-hole. The story was not unlike those Dodgson had spun for the sisters before, but this time Liddell asked Mr. Dodgson to write it down for her.
He did not get around to the task for some months. He presented her with the manuscript of Alice's Adventures Under Ground in November 1864. In the meantime, Dodgson had decided to rewrite the story as a possible commercial venture. With a view to canvassing his opinion, Dodgson sent the manuscript of Under Ground to a friend, the author George MacDonald, in the spring of 1863; the MacDonald children read the story and loved it, this response persuaded Dodgson to seek a publisher. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, with illustrations by John Tenniel, was published in 1865, under the name Lewis Carroll. A second book about the character Alice, Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, followed in 1871. In 1886, a facsimile of Alice's Adventures Unde
A Little Princess
A Little Princess is a children's novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, first published as a book in 1905. It is an expanded version of the short story "Sara Crewe: or, What Happened at Miss Minchin's", serialized in St. Nicholas Magazine from December 1887, published in book form in 1888. According to Burnett, after she composed the 1902 play A Little Un-fairy Princess based on that story, her publisher asked that she expand the story as a novel with "the things and people, left out before"; the novel was published by Charles Scribner's Sons with illustrations by Ethel Franklin Betts and the full title A Little Princess: Being the Whole Story of Sara Crewe Now Being Told for the First Time. Based on a 2007 online poll, the U. S. National Education Association named the book one of its "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children". In 2012 it was ranked number 56 among all-time children's novels in a survey published by School Library Journal, a monthly with U. S. audience. It was the second of two Burnett novels among the Top 100, with The Secret Garden number 15.
Captain Crewe, a wealthy English widower, has been raising his only child, Sara, in India where he is stationed with the British Army. Because the Indian climate is considered too harsh for children, British families living there traditionally send their children to boarding school back home in England; the captain enrolls his young daughter at Miss Minchin's boarding school for girls in London, dotes on his daughter so much that he orders and pays the headmistress for special treatment and exceptional luxuries for Sara, such as a private room for her with a personal maid and a separate sitting room, along with Sara's own private carriage and a pony. Miss Minchin fawns over Sara for her money, but secretly and jealously despises her for her wealth. Despite her privilege, Sara is neither arrogant nor snobbish, but rather kind and clever, she extends her friendship to the school dunce. When Sara acquires the epithet of a princess, she embraces its favorable elements in her natural goodheartedness.
After some time, Sara's birthday is celebrated at Miss Minchin's with a lavish party, attended by all her friends and classmates. Just as it ends, Miss Minchin learns of Captain Crewe's unfortunate demise. Furthermore, prior to his death, the wealthy captain had lost his entire fortune; the scheme fails, Sara is left an orphan and a pauper, with no other family and nowhere to go. Miss Minchin is left with a sizable unpaid bill for Sara's school fees and luxuries, including her birthday party. Infuriated and pitiless, she takes away all of Sara's possessions, makes her live in a cold and poorly furnished attic, forces her to earn her keep by working as an errand girl, she forces Sarah to wear frocks much too short for her, with her thin legs peeking out of the brief skirt. For the next several years, Sara is abused except for Becky. Miss Minchin's kind-hearted sister, deplores how Sara is treated, but is too weak-willed to speak up about it. Sara is starved, worked for long hours, sent out in all weathers, poorly dressed in outgrown and worn-out clothes, deprived of warmth or a comfortable bed in the attic.
Despite her hardships, Sara is consoled by her friends and uses her imagination to cope, pretending she is a prisoner in the Bastille or a princess disguised as a servant. Sara continues to be kind and polite to everyone, including those who treat her badly. One day, she finds a coin in the street and uses it to buy buns at a bakery, but despite being hungry, she gives most of the buns away to a beggar girl dressed in rags, hungrier than herself; the bakery shop owner sees this and wants to reward Sara, but she has disappeared, so the shop owner instead gives the beggar girl bread and warm shelter for Sara's sake. Meanwhile, Mr. Carrisford and his Indian assistant Ram Dass have moved into the house next door to Miss Minchin's school. Carrisford had been Captain Crewe's partner in the diamond mines. After the diamond mine venture failed, both Crewe and Carrisford became ill, Carrisford in his delirium abandoned his friend Crewe, who died of his "brain fever." As it turned out, the diamond mines did not fail, but instead were a great success, making Carrisford rich.
Although Carrisford survived, he suffers from several ailments and is guilt-ridden over abandoning his friend. He is determined to find Crewe's daughter and heir, although he does not know where she is and thinks she is attending school in France. Ram Dass befriends Sara. After climbing over the roof to Sara's room to get the monkey, Ram Dass tells Carrisford about Sara's poor living conditions; as a pleasant distraction and Ram Dass buy warm blankets, comfortable furniture and other gifts, secretly leave them in Sara's room when she is asleep or out. Sara's spirits and health improve due to the gifts she receives from her mysterious benefactor, whose identity she does not know; when Carrisford anonymously sends Sara a package of new, well-made, expensive clothing in her proper size, Miss Minchin becomes alarmed, thinking Sara might have a wealthy relative secretly looking out for her, begins to treat Sara better and allows her to attend classes rather than doing menial work. One night, the monkey again runs away