Girl with a Pearl Earring (film)

Girl with a Pearl Earring is a 2003 romantic drama film directed by Peter Webber. The screenplay was adapted by screenwriter Olivia Hetreed, based on the 1999 novel of the same name by Tracy Chevalier. Scarlett Johansson stars as Griet, a young 17th-century servant in the household of the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer at the time he painted Girl with a Pearl Earring in the city of Delft in Holland. Other cast members include Tom Wilkinson, Cillian Murphy, Judy Parfitt. Hetreed read the novel before its publication, her husband's production company convinced Chevalier to sell the film rights; the production was to feature Kate Hudson as Griet with Mike Newell directing. Hudson withdrew shortly before filming began and the film was placed in hiatus until the hire of Webber, who re-initiated the casting process. In his feature film debut, Webber sought to avoid employing traditional characteristics of the period film drama. In a 2003 interview with IGN, he said, "What I was scared of is ending up with something, like Masterpiece Theatre polite Sunday evening BBC kind of thing, I determined to make something quite different from that..."

Cinematographer Eduardo Serra used distinctive lighting and colour schemes similar to Vermeer's paintings. Released on 12 December 2003 in North America and on 16 January 2004 in the United Kingdom, Girl with a Pearl Earring earned a worldwide gross of $31.4 million. It garnered a positive critical reception, with critics applauding the film's visuals and performances while questioning elements of its story; the film was subsequently nominated for ten British Academy Film Awards, three Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards. Griet is a shy girl living in the Dutch Republic in 1665, her father, a Delftware painter, has gone blind, rendering him unable to work and putting his family in a precarious financial situation. To help matters, Griet is sent to work as a maid in the household of famed painter Johannes Vermeer. Griet works hard wordlessly, in the lowest position in a harsh hierarchy, she does her best to adjust, despite the unkind treatment from Vermeer's spoiled adolescent daughter Cornelia.

While she is on a routine shopping trip outside the house, a butcher's son, notices Griet and is drawn to her. However, she is slow to return his affections; as Griet cleans Vermeer's studio, which his wife Catharina never enters, the painter begins to converse with her and encourages her appreciation of painting and color. Vermeer gives her lessons in mixing paints and other tasks, taking care to keep this secret from his wife, who would react with anger and jealousy if she found out that her husband was spending time with Griet. In contrast, Vermeer's pragmatic mother-in-law, Maria Thins, sees Griet as useful to Vermeer's career. Vermeer's rich patron, Van Ruijven, notices Griet on a visit to the Vermeer household and asks the painter if he will give her up to work in his own house, a situation which "ruined" his former girl-maid. Vermeer agrees to paint a portrait of Griet for Van Ruijven; as Vermeer secretly works on the painting, Catharina can not help. Her growing disdain for Griet becomes more apparent, spurred on by Van Ruijven's deliberate suggestions of an improper relationship between Vermeer and the young maid.

A conflicted Griet must deal with her growing fascination with Vermeer and his talent, subsequently fend off Van Ruijven, who attempts to rape her in the courtyard. When Catharina is out for the day, her mother hands Griet her daughter's pearl earrings, asks Vermeer to finish the painting. At the final painting session, Vermeer pierces Griet's left earlobe so she can wear one of the earrings for the portrait; the tension heightens when Griet reacts to the pain, Vermeer tenderly caresses her face. Griet runs to Pieter to be consoled, distracted from her thoughts of Vermeer, they embrace and make love in a barn, where Pieter proposes marriage. She returns the earrings to Catharina's mother. Catharina flies into a rage upon discovering Griet used her earrings, she storms into the studio, accuses her mother of complicity, demands Vermeer show her the commissioned portrait. Offended by the intimate nature of the painting, Catharina dismisses it as "obscene," and tearfully asks why Vermeer won't paint her.

When Vermeer responds, "Because you don't understand," she fails to destroy the painting. She banishes Griet from the house forever, to which Vermeer does not object, lets Griet depart. Griet is visited by Vermeer's house cook Tanneke, who comes bearing her a gift: the blue headscarf she wore in the painting, wrapped around Catharina's pearl earrings; the film ends with a slow reveal of Girl with a Pearl Earring. The production of Girl with a Pearl Earring began in 1999, when screenwriter Olivia Hetreed gained access to Tracy Chevalier's novel Girl with a Pearl Earring shortly before its publication in August; the novel had not yet become a best-seller. Hetreed loved the character of Griet and "her determination to be free in a world where, impossible for a girl from her background." Anand Tucker and Hetreed's husband Andy Paterson – both producers with the small British studio Archer Street Films – approached the novel's author, Tracy Chevalier, for a film adaptation. Chevalier agreed, believing that a British studio would help resist Hollywood's urge "to sex up the film."

She stipulated. Paterson and Tucker promised to "replicate the'emo

Shannon Phillips

Shannon Rosella Phillips is a Canadian politician, elected in the 2015 and 2019 Alberta general elections to represent the electoral district of Lethbridge-West in the 29th and 30th Alberta Legislatures, respectively. She is a member of the Alberta New Democratic Party. On May 24, 2015 she was sworn in as the Minister of Environment and Parks and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women in the Alberta Cabinet, she served Minister Responsible for Climate Change and as the Deputy Government House Leader. Phillips ran in the 2012 general election losing to PC incumbent Greg Weadick. Phillips' mother was a teacher and her grandfather was elected to the School Board. Phillips is an economic policy analyst who worked for the Alberta Federation of Labour, where she did much work on energy and environment-related matters, she served as chair of the group Womanspace Lethbridge. Phillips is an activist and for organized labour. Phillips organized her first protest at age 17, successful in fighting Spruce Grove's curfew imposed on teenagers.

Phillips played Roller derby for the Deathbridge Derby Dames team as Gnome Stompsky #4746, which reflects her vote total the first time she ran and lost for the Alberta NDP in 2012. Phillips is a mother of two. In 2000, Phillips worked on Brian Mason's by-election campaign in Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood. Shannon Phillips and Rachel Notley released a climate change policy plan in 2015, which included Carbon price to be $30 per tonne by 2018, coal-fired power plants to be phased out by 2030, emissions from oil sands to be capped at 100 mega tonnes per year, methane emissions to be reduced by 45% by 2025 in the oil & gas sector, 30% of all electricity to be renewable generated by 2030. Phillips' first act as Environment Minister was to ensure that oil sands monitoring was of quality and that the chief scientist, in charge of the report makes it public, not to the Minister. Phillips is an ally to the LGBTQ+ community and has spoken for and the protection of LGBTQ+ rights and freedoms, as she has voted against the United Conservative Party Bill 8 - The Education Amendment Act, which would remove protections for LGBTQ+ youth from being outed by school staff or administration whenever a child joins a Gay–straight alliance.

Phillips has advocated on numerous issues, such as: Aboriginal land claims and relations, Climate Change, Human rights, technology industry programs, renewable energy procurement, support for small and local breweries, public service wages and women's economic equality. Phillips is an advocate for labour relations and bargaining rights. Phillips is an advocate for the Water Act, which protects Water Act license holders to first-in-time, first-in-right system that protects investments in irrigation, a benefit to farmers. Phillips has been advocating for Lethbridge's Supervised injection site to expand for safe intox and detox support, as well as supportive housing. Phillips spoke against Bill 1 - The Act to Repeal the Carbon Tax. Phillips spoke and voted against Bill 8, known as "Bill Hate". Phillips was involved in some controversy when she promoted a Lethbridge group’s environmental challenge by tweet, which – among other things – urged people to “eat less meat". Phillips was questioned over her role in the book titled An Action a Day Keeps Global Capitalism Away.

The book, written by Greenpeace activist, Mike Hudema in 2004, details ways to protest both government and business actions, as well as to undermine institutions like mainstream media. The book provides a guide to organizing blockades, sit-in occupations, disrupting public events, defacing billboards and traffic signs and shoving pies in the faces of public figures. Phillips was credited as the book's editor and key contributor. Hudema suggests in the book's preface that Phillips was instrumental in the book's production, a claim that Phillips denies. On January 8, 2018, Phillips was in the news because of a Tweet, which Phillips said was sent by her assistant, in support of a Green Challenge by Environment Lethbridge, in which the Lethbridge organization called on all Albertans to undertake 5 actions for 30 days from January 15 through February 15; this included "unplugging electronics, refraining from idling vehicles, using reusable shopping bags, reducing shower time, going meatless for one day each week."

A Twitter comment by Doug Munton, co-owner and operator with his son Mike of the Lethbridge-based Benchmark Angus & Beef, was headlined in a Global News article. Munton said that Phillip's tweet was a "slap in the face to our farmers and ranchers in the area." Rich Smith, executive director of Alberta Beef Producers said that Environment Lethbridge's Green Challenge which suggested eating less meat was done with "good intentions" but was misinformed as "going meatless for one day a week" would not "reduce people's environmental impact substantially."On June 24, 2016 the Wildrose Party, said during question period that Phillips' editorial work for Greenpeace's Mike Hudema 2004 book, entitled An Action a Day Keeps Global Capitalism Away, would "make the business and industrial sectors more jittery about the agenda of the new NDP government." Phillips, who wrote the foreword and did some copy editing, said she did not contribute to the content. On January 5, 2019, following alleged bullying and intimidation of the proposed Bighorn Wildland Provincial Park supporters, Minister Phillips issued a statement announcing that public consultations that were planned for Drayton Valley, Red Deer, Sundre, would be cancelled and with announcements of alternative consultations.

The Bighorn Wildland Provincial Park is a

Meaghan Benfeito

Meaghan Benfeito is a Canadian diver. She used to compete in the 10m synchronized event with Roseline Filion before the latter retired in January 2017. Benfeito and Filion won bronze medals in the 10 m platform synchro event at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics, in the latter event Benfeito won a bronze medal in the 10 m platform individual event. Benfeito was born on March 2, 1989 in Montreal, Quebec to Portuguese parents, Arthur Benfeito and Margarida Correia, she has younger twin sisters and Chelsea. She began diving for Canada in 2005 and credits Emilie Heymans and Alexandre Despatie for inspiring her to take up the sport, she won a bronze medal at the 2005 World Aquatics Championships in her hometown of Montreal, but she and Filion have been unable to return to the medal podium at the Worlds since. In 2006, they won a bronze at the Commonwealth Games. Benfeito won a bronze medal at the 2007 Pan American Games in the 3m Synchronized event with Kelly MacDonald. Benfeito and Filion qualified for the Beijing Olympics after they beat teammates Heymans and Marie-Eve Marleau, considered a dramatic upset at defeating Canadian diving legend Heymans.

At the 2008 Summer Olympics, the diving partners finished in 7th place. She did not compete in the 2010 Commonwealth Games due to a lingering shoulder injury that had not healed in time. Both the ladies failed to medal at any events leading into the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. At the 2012 edition the two Canadians managed to hold third place through nearly the whole competition in the 10 m platform synchro event. After the medal clinching dive she said that "We gave it all we had and we came away with a bronze medal. We're pretty happy with that." A Quebec politician from a provincially sovereigntist party, the Parti Québécois, commented on the medals won by Benfeito and others as the first four medals won were from Quebec athletes. Pauline Marois said that ""This means, among other things, that it’s another example of how Quebec could shine among the brightest... as an independent country. We could continue to win our medals, I’m sure of that." Benfeito responded to a similar question from Canadian media when asked if she was as proud of the day as all the day's medalists were from Quebec athletes by saying that "No, we are one big happy gang.

We are as proud of our home in Quebec as we are of our home in Canada."At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, she won a gold medal in the 10 m platform synchronised with Fillion, gold in the 10 m platform individual. At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and Filion repeated their bronze medal performance in the 10 m platform synchro event, while Benfeito won an additional individual medal in the individual platform diving event. Fillion placed sixth in the latter event. Benfeito was named as Canada's flag bearer for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, Australia. Benfeito and Filion have been together as diving partners for a long time and consider each other as lifelong friends. Filion said of their relationship that, "We've known one another for our entire lives, so we have a good relationship. It's more of a sisterhood relationship now. We could go to a restaurant and order for each other." Meaghan Benfeito at Olympics at Meaghan Benfeito at the International Olympic Committee Meaghan Benfeito at Diving Plongeon Canada