The Golden Compass (film)
The Golden Compass is a 2007 fantasy adventure film based on Northern Lights, the first novel in Philip Pullman's trilogy His Dark Materials. Written and directed by Chris Weitz, it stars Nicole Kidman, Dakota Blue Richards, Daniel Craig, Sam Elliott, Eva Green, Ian McKellen; the project was announced in February 2002, but difficulties over the script and the selection of a director caused significant delays. At US$180 million, it was one of New Line Cinema's most expensive projects and its disappointing results in the US contributed to New Line's February 2008 restructuring; the film depicts the adventures of Lyra Belacqua, an orphan living in a parallel universe where a dogmatic ruling power called the Magisterium opposes free inquiry. Children in that universe are being kidnapped by an unknown group called the Gobblers who are supported by the Magisterium. Lyra joins a tribe of sea-farers on a trip to the far North, the land of the armoured polar bears, in search of the missing children. Before its release, the film received criticism from secularist organisations and fans of the His Dark Materials trilogy for the dilution of elements of the story which were critical of religion, as well as from some religious organisations for the source material's anti-religious themes.
The studio ordered significant changes late in post-production, which Weitz called a "terrible" experience. Although the film's visual effects won both a BAFTA and an Academy Award, critical reception was mixed and revenue lower than anticipated; the story takes place in an alternate world dominated by a powerful church called the Magisterium, where part of the spirit resides outside a person as an animal companion called a dæmon. At present, poor and Gyptian children are disappearing at the hands of a group that the children call the Gobblers. Lyra Belacqua is an orphan raised at Jordan College in Oxford, while her uncle, esteemed explorer and scholar Lord Asriel, is busy seeking the elusive Dust, a cosmic particle of which the Magisterium has forbidden the mention; when Asriel returns from his latest expedition and her dæmon Pantalaimon witness a Magisterium agent poison his wine. Lyra warns her uncle; the college gives Asriel a grant to fund another expedition that could lead to the discovery of the infinite worlds linked by Dust, which would undermine the Magisterium's hold on the world.
At dinner, Lyra meets Mrs. Coulter, a wealthy, powerful woman, presented as "a friend of the college". Mrs. Coulter insists on taking Lyra on a trip north as her assistant. Before Lyra leaves, the Master of the college entrusts her with the only remaining alethiometer, a compass-like artifact that reveals the truth; the Magisterium has destroyed all the others. He instructs her to keep it secret from Mrs. Coulter. Mrs. Coulter takes Lyra into her home, in a big city that resembles a retrofuturistic London, starts taking her to socialite dinners and parties. In her bedroom, Lyra gazes upon the alethiometer and notices that it continuously points to a lady, a lightning bolt and a baby, she does not know what to make of her observation and says nothing of it to Mrs. Coulter. Despite projecting the image of a free-spirited woman, she reveals herself to be respectful of the Magisterium and its function. One night, Lyra casually mentions Dust. Mrs. Coulter's dæmon attacks Pantalaimon. Lyra and Pantalaimon discover that Mrs. Coulter is head of the General Oblation Board known as the "Gobblers", who have been kidnapping local children.
Lyra learns that her best friend Roger and her Gyptian friend Billy have been both taken by the Gobblers. Lyra and Pantalaimon walk in on Mrs. Coulter's dæmon attempting to steal the alethiometer and they escape into the streets; the Gobblers pursue her, but she is saved by Billy's mother, who takes her to the ship of the King of the Gyptians, heading north to rescue all the captured children. Lyra shows the alethiometer to a wise Gyptian elder, Farder Coram, it is revealed that she is able to decipher the device's answers. After consulting with the Magisterium agent, Mrs. Coulter sends two mechanical spy-flies after Lyra. One is batted away but the other is caught and sealed in a can by Farder Coram, who explains that the spy-fly has a sting with a sleeping poison. Meanwhile, Lord Asriel has reached Svalbard, the kingdom of the Ice Bears, but he is captured by Samoyed tribesmen hired by Mrs. Coulter. One night, Lyra is visited on the ship by Serafina Pekkala, she tells Lyra. At a northern port, Lyra is befriended by a Texan aeronaut named Lee Scoresby, who advises her to hire himself and his friend Iorek Byrnison, an armoured bear that Lee has come to rescue.
Once a prince of his people, but now exiled in shame, the giant polar bear has been tricked out of his armour by the local townspeople. Using the alethiometer, Lyra tells Iorek. After recovering his armour, Iorek joins the Gyptian trek along with Lee. While the group is camped for the night, Lyra rides on Iorek's back to an abandoned building the alethiometer pointed her toward. There, Lyra finds an escaped, cowering Billy separated from his dæmon named Ratte
Bates Motel (TV series)
Bates Motel is an American psychological horror drama television series that aired from March 18, 2013 to April 24, 2017. It was developed by Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin, Anthony Cipriano, is produced by Universal Television and American Genre for the cable network A&E; the series, a contemporary prequel to Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 film Psycho. However, the final season loosely adapts the plot of Psycho. Max Thieriot and Olivia Cooke both starred as part of the main cast throughout the series' run. After recurring in the first season, Nestor Carbonell was added to the main cast from season two onward; the series begins in Arizona with the death of Norma's husband, after which Norma purchases the Seafairer motel located in a coastal Oregon town so that she and Norman can start a new life. Subsequent seasons follow Norman as his mental illness becomes dangerous, Norma as she struggles to protect her son, those around him, from himself; the series was filmed outside Vancouver in Aldergrove, British Columbia, along with other locations within the Fraser Valley of British Columbia.
A&E chose to skip a pilot of the series, opting to go straight-to-series by ordering a 10-episode first season. On June 15, 2015, the series was renewed for a fourth and fifth season, making Bates Motel A&E's longest-running original scripted drama series in the channel's history; the series' lead actors, Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore, received particular praise for their performances in the series, with the former receiving a Primetime Emmy Award nomination and winning a Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television. Bates Motel won three People's Choice Awards for Favorite Cable TV Drama, for Favorite Cable TV Actress and Actor; the first season follows Norman Bates as they buy a motel after Norman's father dies. On one of the first nights of the two owning the motel, the former owner breaks in and sexually assaults Norma. Norman knocks the attacker out, Norma stabs him to death, she decides it's best not to cover up the murder. She and Norman dispose of the body, he complicates the cover-up by keeping a belt.
When the town sheriff and his deputy notice that a man has gone missing and Norman must keep them from digging too far. The second season follows the aftermath of Norman's teacher's murder, as her mysterious past comes to light. Meanwhile, Norma finds herself making dangerous decisions in order to keep the motel running and preventing the impending bypass. Bradley's search for her father's killer leads to the extremes, Dylan learns the disturbing truth about his parentage; the third season focuses on Norman's waning deniability about what's happening to him, the lengths he will go to gain control of his fragile psyche. The dramatic events of last season leave Norma more aware of her son's mental fragility and fearful of what he is capable of. Meanwhile, Sheriff Romero begins to distance himself from the Bates family after he suspects Norma is lying to him about her husband's death; the fourth season follows Norma as she becomes fearful of Norman, going to great lengths to find him the professional help he needs.
This complicates their once unbreakable trust. Meanwhile, Sheriff Romero once again finds himself drawn into Norman's lives, he agrees to marry Norma because his insurance will enable her to place Norman in an expensive psychiatric hospital. His generosity backfires, when Norman learns of the marriage. Norman bitterly resents Romero for coming between him and his mother and at one point threatens the sheriff with an axe; the fifth season begins two years after the death of Norma. Publicly happy and well-adjusted, Norman struggles at home, where his blackouts are increasing and "Mother" threatens to take him over completely. Meanwhile and Emma find themselves drawn back into Norman's world, Romero hungers for revenge against his stepson, Norman. Vera Farmiga as Norma Louise Bates Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates Max Thieriot as Dylan Massett Olivia Cooke as Emma Decody Nicola Peltz as Bradley Martin Nestor Carbonell as Sheriff Alex Romero Kenny Johnson as Caleb Calhoun On January 12, 2012, it was reported that A&E were developing a television series titled Bates Motel that would serve as a prequel to the Alfred Hitchcock film Psycho.
The first script was written by Anthony Cipriano. In March 2012, Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin joined the project as executive producers and head writers. Cuse has cited the drama series Twin Peaks as a key inspiration for Bates Motel, stating, "We pretty much ripped off Twin Peaks... If you wanted to get that confession, the answer is yes. I loved that show, they only did 30 episodes. Kerry and I thought we'd do the 70 that are missing." On July 2, 2012, A&E gave Bates Motel a straight-to-series order. Chris Bacon was hired to score the music for the series in January 2013. On August 27, 2012, Vera Farmiga was the first to be cast in the leading role of Norma Louise Bates. On September 14, 2012, Freddie Highmore was cast as Norman Bates; that same day, Max Thieriot was cast as Dylan Massett. Shortly after, on September 19, 2012, Nicola Peltz was cast as Bradley Martin, a possible love interest for Norman. On September 20, 2012, Olivia Cooke was the final main cas
Marc Forster is a German-Swiss-US, film director, film producer, screenwriter. He is best known for directing the films Monster's Ball, Finding Neverland, Stranger than Fiction, The Kite Runner, Quantum of Solace, World War Z, Christopher Robin. Forster was born in the Neu-Ulm district of Bavaria, Germany, his parents, a German doctor and a Swiss architect, moved to Switzerland when Forster was 9 years old. He spent his adolescence in Davos, a winter resort in eastern Switzerland and as well as at the international boarding school Institut Montana Zugerberg in central Switzerland. In 1990, when he was 20 years old, Forster moved in the United States. For the next three years, he attended New York University's film school, making several documentary films. In 1995, he moved to Hollywood and shot an experimental low-budget film called Loungers, which won the Slamdance Audience Award. Forster's first feature-length motion picture was the psychological drama Everything Put Together, nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
His breakthrough film was Monster's Ball, in which he directed Halle Berry in her Academy Award-winning performance as the wife of a man on death row. The film starred Billy Bob Thornton, Heath Ledger, Peter Boyle, Sean Combs, his next film, Finding Neverland, was based on the life of author J. M. Barrie; the film was nominated for five Golden Globe Awards and seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Forster received BAFTA, Directors Guild of America, Golden Globe nominations for his direction. Forster's next film, the thriller Stay starred Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts and grossed $8 million in the United States on an estimated budget of $50 million. Stranger than Fiction, a surreal romantic comedy starring Will Ferrell, was a critical success; the film grossed $54 million worldwide and earned Will Ferrell a nomination for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. Forster directed an adaptation of best-seller Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner, scripted by repeat collaborator David Benioff and starring British newcomer Khalid Abdalla.
The film follows an Afghani-American man who returns to his war-ravaged country to save the son of his former best friend. The Kite Runner grossed $73 million worldwide, it earned a nomination for a Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film and a BAFTA bid for Film Not In the English Language. Additionally, Forster directed the twenty-second James Bond film, Quantum of Solace which began shooting on January 2, 2008, shortly before his 39th birthday, making him the youngest director in the series' history. Quantum of Solace was released in the United Kingdom on October 31, 2008, it became one of the highest grossing Bond films in the franchise's history, with a worldwide box office of more than $586 million. Forster directed the film adaptation of the novel World War Z, starring Brad Pitt, which Paramount announced at the July 2010 San Diego Comic-Con; the film opened June 21, 2013 to more than $66 million and has grossed more than $540 million worldwide. To date, it is the highest-grossing film of Brad Pitt's career and is the most successful Zombie movie of all time.
Forster directed his screenplay of All I See Is You, a visually driven drama following a blind woman and her husband who, upon the restoration of her sight, begin to discover unseen and disturbing details about themselves and their marriage, released in 2016. In February 2014, Universal Pictures won the screen rights to Red Rising, a debut novel by Pierce Brown, in a seven-figure deal. Red Rising is a dystopian science fiction tale set on a terraformed Mars. Forster is attached to direct the project. In June 2015, Forster signed on to direct the first installment of the anti-civil war trilogy The Downslope, an original Stanley Kubrick screenplay composed in 1956. Forster will be a producer on all three films. In November 2016, Walt Disney Pictures announced that Forster will direct the live-action film adaptation of Winnie the Pooh, titled Christopher Robin; the film had its world premiere on July 30, 2018 and was theatrically released on August 3, 2018. Foster along with Will Smith bought German rights group Telepool in June 2018.
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Helena Bonham Carter
Helena Bonham Carter is an English actress. She is known for her roles in large-scale blockbusters, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as Kate Croy in The Wings of the Dove. For her role as Queen Elizabeth in The King's Speech, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, she won the 2010 International Emmy Award for Best Actress for her role as British author Enid Blyton in the TV film Enid. Bonham Carter began her film career, playing the title character in Lady Jane, playing Lucy Honeychurch in A Room with a View, her other film roles include Ophelia in Hamlet, Where Angels Fear to Tread, Howards End, Elizabeth Lavenza in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Woody Allen's Mighty Aphrodite, Marla Singer in Fight Club, Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter series, Skynet in Terminator Salvation, Miss Havisham in Great Expectations, Madame Thénardier in Les Misérables, the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella and Rose Weil in Ocean's 8.
She has collaborated with director Tim Burton. Her other television films include A Pattern of Roses, Fatal Deception: Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald, Live from Baghdad and Burton & Taylor. In 2018, she was confirmed to play Princess Margaret on seasons four of The Crown, she was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2012 New Year Honours list for services to drama, in January 2014, the British prime minister, David Cameron, announced that Bonham Carter had been appointed to Britain's new national Holocaust Commission. Bonham Carter was born in London, her father, Raymond Bonham Carter, who came from a prominent British political family, was a merchant banker and served as the alternative British director representing the Bank of England at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D. C. during the 1960s. Her mother, Elena, is a psychotherapist, of three quarters Jewish background, whose own parents were diplomat Eduardo Propper de Callejón and painter Baroness Hélène Fould-Springer.
Bonham Carter's paternal grandmother was politician and feminist Violet Bonham Carter, daughter of Herbert Asquith, 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during the first half of the First World War. Bonham Carter is the youngest of three children, with two brothers and Thomas, they were brought up in Golders Green and she was educated at South Hampstead High School, completed her A-levels at Westminster School. Bonham Carter was denied admission to King's College, not because of her academic performance but because college officials were afraid that she would leave during the course to pursue her acting career; when Bonham Carter was five, her mother had a serious nervous breakdown, which took three years for recovery. Soon afterwards, her mother's experience in therapy led her to become a psychotherapist herself—Bonham Carter has since paid her to read her scripts and deliver opinions on the characters' psychological motivations. Five years after her mother's recovery, her father was diagnosed with acoustic neuroma.
He suffered complications during an operation to remove the tumour that led to a stroke that left him half-paralysed and using a wheelchair. With her brothers at college, Bonham Carter was left to help her mother cope, she studied her father's movements and mannerisms for her role in The Theory of Flight. He died in January 2004. Bonham Carter, who has no formal acting training, entered the field winning a national writing contest and used the money to pay for her entry into the actors' Spotlight directory, she made her professional acting début at the age of 16 in a television commercial. She had a part in a minor TV film, A Pattern of Roses, her first lead film role was as Lady Jane Grey in Lady Jane, given mixed reviews by critics. Her breakthrough role was Lucy Honeychurch in A Room with a View, filmed after Lady Jane but released two months earlier. Bonham Carter appeared in episodes of Miami Vice as Don Johnson's love interest during the 1986–87 season and in 1987 opposite Dirk Bogarde in The Vision, Stewart Granger in A Hazard of Hearts and John Gielgud in Getting It Right.
Bonham Carter was cast in the role of Bess McNeill in Breaking the Waves, but backed out during production due to "the character's painful psychic and physical exposure", according to Roger Ebert. The role went to Emily Watson, nominated for an Academy Award for her performance. In 1994, Bonham Carter appeared in a dream sequence during the second series of the British sitcom Absolutely Fabulous, as Edina Monsoon's daughter Saffron, played by Julia Sawalha. Throughout the series, references were made to Saffron's resemblance to Bonham Carter, her early films led to her being typecast as a "corset queen", "English rose", playing pre- and early 20th century characters in Merchant-Ivory films. She played Olivia in Trevor Nunn's film version of Twelfth Night in 1996. One of the high points of her early career was her performance as the scheming Kate Croy in the 1997 film adaption of The Wings of the Dove, acclaimed internationally and netted her first G
Women Talking Dirty
Women Talking Dirty is a 1999 British comedy film starring Helena Bonham Carter and Gina McKee. It is an adaptation of the novel Women Talking Dirty, written by Isla Dewar; the film was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival on 17 September 1999 and released on 7 December 2001 in the UK. Cora is struggling single mother, she and Ellen, a shy divorced cartoonist, strike an unlikely friendship amidst their own personal betrayals and secrets. The story begins with Ellen, two women in their thirties who are living in Edinburgh. While they are getting ready at a mirror they begin to discuss romance; the story catapults itself into the past before the two women met and where their story begins. Quirky Cora is an aspiring biochemist with intention to go to university but ends up taking a jump towards late teenage rebellion in which she tries drugs and drinks excessively. After moving in with her boyfriend, Cora discovers she's pregnant and all her dreams are shattered as she becomes a pregnant housewife, dumped by her passionate but slovenly boyfriend.
Ellen on the other hand is level-headed. While out for a drink at her local pub, womanizing Daniel, makes a pass at her and she is smitten. Ellen invites Daniel to meet her prim and proper mother, reviled by Daniel's revelation that he is writing a dissertation on the post-coital discussions women have with men after sleeping with them. Despite her mother's attempt to talk Ellen into dumping Daniel, Ellen decides to accept Daniel's marriage proposal and soon weds him, delighted with his wedding gift of a purple velvet Victorian style couch. Not long into their marriage Ellen's hopes of having a family are forced out of the picture when Daniel reveals he doesn't want children. Despite being married, Daniel is still gambling excessively. After a confrontation with Daniel after she discovers he has been cheating on her, Ellen walks out and goes to the pub to think things over. There she meets a pregnant Cora. Despite their obvious differences, they become friends and Ellen becomes Cora's coach as she goes into hospital to give birth to her son Sam.
A year and a half Cora is given a night of freedom from her children when her parents offer to babysit. She calls Ellen, hoping to convince her friend to join her. Daniel, picks up the phone, as Ellen is out. Daniel shows up at the pub where he deliberately and seduces Cora aware that she doesn't know what he looks like. After the one-night stand, Cora is horrified when Daniel turns up at the café where she works and kisses Ellen in front of her. More horrifying is the realization she has become pregnant once again, this time with her best-friend's husband. Although Cora decides to keep the child, Daniel decides he wants nothing to do with her, refuses to pay maintenance, leaving Cora once again a single mother with no additional income. Years pass, Ellen and Daniel are going through a rather messy divorce, left easier by the fact he has taken off to Barbados. Regardless of the hurt he has caused her, Ellen is still undeniably in love with him and still unaware that her best friend's youngest son Col is the son of her husband.
Cora, on the other hand, is struggling with life still, is still depressed over the horrible guilt she feels. She has never been able to reveal to her friend the truth of her son's paternity. After Daniel's return, Cora realises that she is running out of time to tell Ellen the truth, all of her friends and neighbours who know her secret urge her to be honest. While throwing a dinner party at her loft home, Ellen and some close neighbours become blindingly drunk, Cora confesses the truth at the dinner table. Humiliated, Ellen throws everyone out including Cora, locks herself in her flat for days, becoming horribly depressed over the fact Cora had the son with Daniel that Ellen had always wanted. Daniel returns to Ellen following the dinner party and finds that he is unwelcome and Ellen doesn't want anything to do with him anymore. In the meantime, Cora develops a relationship with Ellen's co-worker, and, after a near-death experience, begins to feel more confident within herself and about what she wants from life.
She works up the courage to go to Ellen and apologise. Regardless of their row, the two women manage to come to a mutual understanding just as Daniel bursts into the flat with a friend to remove the velvet couch he had given Ellen as a wedding present. An argument between the women and Daniel ensues, resulting in Ellen forfeiting the couch and throwing Daniel and his friend out. Afterwards, Ellen retrieves a bag from a cupboard that contains £25,000 that Daniel had won from gambling and stashed in the flat. Ellen splits the money, giving £13,000 of it to Cora to pay the maintenance Daniel had never paid for Col, taking the remaining money to the bookmakers where she bets the lot on a no-chance horse. Seconds after leaving the bookmakers, Daniel confronts her, having realised his mistake and demanding his money back. Ellen hands him the betting slip and walks away with Cora, having gotten her revenge on him. Helena Bonham Carter as Cora Gina McKee as Ellen James Nesbitt as Stanley James Purefoy as Daniel Freddie Highmore as Sam Bertie Highmore as Col Women Talking Dirty has received positive reviews from critics.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has 2 rev
Imelda Mary Philomena Bernadette Staunton, is an English stage and screen actress. After training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Staunton began her career in repertory theatre in the 1970s before appearing in seasons at various theatres in the UK. Staunton has since performed in a variety of plays and musicals in London, winning four Olivier Awards, her appearances on stage in The Beggar's Opera, The Wizard of Oz, Uncle Vanya and Dolls, Entertaining Mr Sloane and Good People earned her Olivier nominations. Staunton has been nominated for a total of 13 Olivier Awards. Staunton drew critical acclaim for her performance in the title role in the 2004 film Vera Drake, for which she won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role and the Venice Film Festival Volpi Cup for Best Actress in addition to being nominated for the Academy Award, the Golden Globe and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress, her other film roles include Mrs. Blatherwick in Nanny McPhee, Dolores Umbridge in two of the Harry Potter films and Hefina Headon in Pride, for which she received a nomination for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
On television, she starred in the sitcoms Up the Garden Path and Is it Legal?. Her performance in My Family and Other Animals earned her a nomination for the International Emmy Award for Best Actress, while her roles in Return to Cranford and The Girl earned her BAFTA TV Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress. For the latter, she was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie. Staunton was born in Archway, North London, the only child of Bridie, a hairdresser, Joseph Staunton, a road-worker and labourer; the family lived over Staunton's mother's salon. Her parents were first-generation Catholic immigrants from Ireland. Staunton's mother was a musician who could not read music, but could master any tune by ear on the accordion or fiddle and had played in Irish showbands; as a pupil at La Sainte Convent, she took drama classes with her elocution teacher and starred in school productions of plays, including the role of Polly Peachum in a school production of The Beggar's Opera.
Encouraged by an elocution teacher at her school, Staunton auditioned for drama schools and got into the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art at the age of 18. She auditioned for the Central School of Speech and Drama and Guildhall School of Music and Drama, but was rejected by both schools. Staunton graduated from RADA in 1976 spent six years in English repertory theatre, including a period at the Northcott Theatre, where she had the title role in Shaw's Saint Joan, she moved on to roles the National Theatre, including Lucy Lockit in The Beggar's Opera, which earned her Olivier Award nominations for Best Actress in a Musical and Most Promising Newcomer of the Year in Theatre. She appeared in two revivals of Guys and Dolls at the National Theatre. In 1985, Staunton won her first Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role for her work in both The Corn Is Green and at The Old Vic and A Chorus of Disapproval at the National Theatre, she played Dorothy in the Royal Shakespeare Company's 1987 revival of The Wizard of Oz at the Barbican Centre, which earned her another Olivier nomination for Best Actress in a Musical.
Staunton won her first Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for playing the Baker's Wife in the original London production of Into the Woods. In the ensuing twenty years, Staunton had roles in plays, including Sonya in Uncle Vanya, Kath in Entertaining Mr Sloane and Good People, for which she received Olivier nominations for Best Actress in a Play, she appeared in two productions at the Almeida Theatre, firstly in the premiere of Frank McGuinness's There Came a Gypsy Riding in 2007 and secondly in a revival of Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance in 2011. Most Staunton has appeared in two Chichester Festival Theatre productions, taking on the role of Mrs Lovett in a revival of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd between 2011 and 2012, starring opposite Michael Ball, before starring as Rose in a revival of Gypsy between 2014 and 2015. Both productions transferred to London for critically and commercially acclaimed runs. Staunton won her second and third Olivier Awards for Best Actress in a Musical for the two productions in 2013 and 2016 respectively.
Staunton returned to the Harold Pinter Theatre in London West End in 2017 as Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, starring alongside Conleth Hill, Luke Treadaway and Imogen Poots at the Harold Pinter Theatre. This play was broadcast in National Theatre Live on 18 May 2017. Staunton performed the role of Sally in the 2017 National Theatre revival of Stephen Sondheim's Follies, alongside Janie Dee as Phyllis, Philip Quast as Ben; the show was broadcast through the National Theatre Live initiative on 16 November 2017. Staunton's first big-screen role came in a 1986 film Comrades, she appeared in the 1992 film Peter's Friends. Other film roles include performances in Much Ado About Nothing, Deadly Advice
Highgate School, formally Sir Roger Cholmeley's School at Highgate, is a British co-educational independent day school, founded in 1565 in Highgate, England. It educates over 1,400 pupils in three sections – Highgate Pre-Preparatory School, Highgate Junior School and the Senior School – which together comprise the Highgate Foundation; as part of its wider work the charity was from 2010 a founding partner of the London Academy of Excellence and it is now the principal education sponsor of an associated Academy, the London Academy of Excellence Tottenham, which opened in September 2017. The principal business sponsor is Tottenham Hotspur FC; the charity funds the Chrysalis Partnership, a scheme supporting 26 state schools in six London boroughs. The Foundation is governed in accordance with a Charity Commission Scheme dated 1 September 2005, its governing body consists of 16 members. The Visitor is Her Majesty the Queen; the Head is assisted by Principals of the pre-prep and junior schools, by deputy heads and a Bursar, in managing the Foundation.
The school is one of the twelve schools of the Eton Group. The school was founded in 1565 by a Royal Charter of Elizabeth I whose letters patent, sealed on 29 January, authorised Sir Roger Cholmeley to establish the ‘’’Free Grammar School of Sir Roger Cholmeley, Knight at Highgate’’’. Cholmeley, a former Chief Justice and local landowner, decided to found a charitable school “for the good education and instruction of boys and young men” in Highgate and the local parishes. On 27 April 1565 he was granted by Edmund Grindal, the Bishop of London, some land on the site of the old gatehouse to the Bishop's park and hermit's chapel. A new chapel and buildings for the school and the local curate, expected to be the teacher, were built; the chapel served as a chapel of ease for Highgate residents. However, by the early nineteenth century a dispute arose because the charity was spending more money, the curate more time, on the local chapel than on the pupils. A House of Commons commission visited in 1819 and found the Master, the Rev Samuel Mence, was paying a sexton to teach the boys.
In a long and bitter action brought in the High Court against the Trustees it was contended that this was contrary to its founding charitable deed. Lord Chancellor Eldon, in his 1827 judgment, finding "the charity is for the sustenance and maintenance of a free Grammar school"; the trustees were forced to comply and a separate local church for Highgate, St Michael's, was built in South Grove after a successful local appeal. Mence struggled on at the school until 1838. An expansion of the school occurred under the next headmaster Rev Dr John Bradley Dyne between 1838–1874. Under Dyne, by the 1870s the school had dropped free provision for local parish boys and alongside the day places boarding was encouraged for boys from the upper and upper middle classes. In the period up to this time the school was known as the Free Grammar School at Highgate, the Highgate Grammar School, or the Cholmeley School. Like other public schools, Highgate followed Dr Arnold at Rugby School in introducing the house system.
Like other public schools, Dyne mercilessly flogged the pupils with a birch rod. In the 1860s land was acquired in Bishopswood Road, which provided extensive sports fields and on which several boarding houses and private residences were built. During this period the current chapel and main buildings were erected, designed by Reginald Blomfield. A fragment of the older school building, a gateway with a rusted bell mechanism above between the porter's lodge and the main school building, remained intact until 2006 when the bell was refurbished and the old entrance itself rebuilt in a more modern style; the senior school continues to occupy today the island site in Highgate Village on which it was founded. During the Second World War the school's buildings were commandeered by the British government and the school was evacuated to Westward Ho! in Devon, returning to Highgate in 1943. The poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge was buried in his grandson an Old Cholmeleian. However, in 1965 after a row with the council there was a ceremonial disinterring of Coleridge at which the Poet Laureate John Masefield spoke and the remains were reburied at St Michael's parish church just a few hundred yards away.
Highgate School has the oldest Public School freemasons' lodge, Cholmeley Lodge No 1731, formed in 1878, part of the Public Schools Lodges Council. Until the school had two blocks of Eton Fives courts, one structure with ten courts. Boarding and weekly boarding at Highgate declined in the years up to the early 1990s when the last boarders left. In 1993 one of the former houses was converted to create the coeducational pre-preparatory school. In 2001 the school announced its intention to become co-educational ending over four hundred years of single sex education, girls joined the Senior and Junior schools from 2004. According to the Good Schools Guide "Its decision to go co-ed has helped to put its popularity and academic standards on upward trajectories". In April 2006 the Mills Centre for Art and Technology was opened, incorporating an area commemorating former director of art Sir Kyffin Williams. In J