The Night Watch (Waters novel)
The Night Watch is a dark, 2006 historical fiction novel by Sarah Waters. It was shortlisted for the 2006 Orange Prize; the novel, told backward through third person narrative, takes place in 1940s London during and after World War II. The storyline follows the fragmented lives and the strange interconnections between Kay and Julia, three lesbians, Viv, a straight woman and Duncan, her brother, whose sexuality is ambiguous- their secrets and scandals; the war, with its never ending night watches serves as a horrifying context and metaphor as a constant reminder of the morbidity that surrounds life and love. Kay The novel begins with Kay Langrish-a woman broken by the war, she spends her days locked in her room in London, watching her landlord's patients arrive and leave at the same hours every day. The only human contact that Kay is seen to be having at this stage in the narrative is with another lesbian, Mickey. Kay is suggested to be wealthy by her residence in Lavender Hill. One night, while waiting for the cinema doors to open, Viv, a woman from her past appears and hands to her a gold ring.
Helen Helen and her assistant Viv run a match-making agency near Bond Street for individuals who have either lost their loved one or were disappointed to see how much their sweethearts had changed after the war. The work itself is not fulfilling, but their hesitant friendship keeps them entertained. Viv After work, Viv sets off to meet her brother Duncan, who lives with a much older gentleman named Mr Mundy; the three of them meet on a weekly basis for dinner at Mr Mundy's, Viv always brings a tin of meat for them to share. Duncan shrugs off news of their father, proceeds to show Viv the latest addition to his antiques collection. Viv politely ends the night and heads for the railway station, but she doesn't go home to her father's. On the same day that Helen wanted to confide her love for Julia to Viv, the two women receive an unexpected visit from Robert Fraser, Duncan’s old cellmate, he asks to speak with her regarding Duncan, his present condition: collecting antiques, living with Mr Mundy, whom both men knew at the prison, working at a candle factory.
Viv dismisses Fraser, feeling as though he thinks she and her father haven’t done enough to help Duncan’s situation and explains that he doesn’t know everything. Duncan Duncan accompanies Mr Mundy, or "Uncle Horace," as he referred to him in public, every Tuesday to his Christian Science doctor at Lavender Hill. After having dinner with his sister, Duncan works at the candle factory, it is implied that the boss adores him, he shies away when a younger co-worker brags about his latest indiscretion and invites Duncan to join him. When he leaves work, Duncan is surprised to see Fraser waiting for him at the gates, he invites Duncan to a pub by the water, Duncan reluctantly agrees because he doesn't want Mr Mundy to worry. Fraser makes several calls at Duncan's for dinner. One night, however, he doesn't show up, Duncan is quite upset, while Mr Mundy is relieved. Duncan Duncan has been imprisoned in Wormwood Scrubs for three years now, Viv and her father visit him once a month. Duncan's time is juxtaposed between prison guard Mr Mundy's kind and defeatist demeanour and Fraser's free-thinking, free-acting attitude.
Viv Viv is working as a typist, along with many other girls, lodges at a boarding house with some of her co-workers. She meets Reggie, married, at anonymous hotels once every five weeks, whenever Reggie is permitted leave from Wales. Kay Kay works as an emergency response ambulance worker along with Mickey, she spends long nights cleaning up after air raids. One night a call comes in to an air raid, she assumes Helen's been asleep throughout panics. She runs to the rubble to where her flat weeps at her loss. Helen Helen works for the government in a division that assists those who've lost their belongings in the war. By chance she runs into Julia, a woman, once acquainted with Kay. One night Helen leaves for Julia's flat, they take a walk around the ruins, when another air raid alarm is sounded, they run amongst more ruins and hide from the chaos. Viv is on a crowded train, filled with military men. By chance, she meets a soldier named Reggie, they engage in a conversation under awkward circumstances, he reveals to her that he is stuck in an unhappy marriage.
Kay is responding to an emergency call along with Mickey. They arrive at the scene and find one woman dead, another young woman caught underneath rubble, two others trapped behind more debris. Man Booker Prize for Fiction, 2006 Orange Prize for Fiction, 2006 Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction, 2007 On 25 November 2010, BBC2 network announced the cast for the 90-minute television adaptation of The Night Watch, it was adapted by Paula Milne and directed by Richard Laxton and was broadcast on 12 July 2011 on BBC Two. Cast: Anna Maxwell Martin as Kay Claire Foy as Helen Jodie Whittaker as Viv Harry Treadaway as Duncan Anna Wilson-Jones as Julia JJ Feild as Robert Liam Garrigan as Reggie Claudie Blakley as Nancy Kenneth Cranham as Mr Mundy Book description at Sarah Waters' official webpage Smoother than velvet: Book review at The Guardian This Is London: Book review at the New York Times Great book on London during the Blitz Book review at Nishita's Rants and Raves
British Independent Film Awards
The British Independent Film Awards is an organisation that celebrates and promotes British independent cinema and filmmaking talent in United Kingdom. Nominations for the annual awards ceremony are announced in early November, with the ceremony itself taking place in early December. Since 2015, BIFA has hosted UK–wide talent development and film screening programmes with the support of Creative Skillset and the British Film Institute; the British Independent Film Awards were created in 1998 by Elliot Grove and Suzanne Ballantyne of the Raindance Film Festival, with the aim of celebrating merit and achievement in independently funded British filmmaking, honouring new talent and promoting British films and filmmaking to a wider public audience. BIFA founding members include Phillip Alberstat, Chris Auty, André Burgess, Sally Caplan, Pippa Cross, Christopher Fowler, Lora Fox Gamble, Steven Gaydos, Norma Heyman, Emma E. Hickox, Fred Hogge, Robert Jones, Steve Kenis, Alberto Lopez, Ollie Madden, Hamish McAlpine, Neil McCartney, Saul Metzstein, Martin Myers, Sarah Radclyffe, Tracey Scoffield, Mark Shivas, Jim Wilson, Michiyo Yoshizaki.
The first BIFA ceremony took place on 29 October 1998. Winners included Shane Meadows and Ray Winstone; the Special Jury Prize was awarded to Nik Powell, the Best British Independent Film award went to My Name is Joe. The BIFA ceremony takes place in early December every year and is one of the first dates in the annual awards season. Most of the awards categories are for British independent feature films only, though there are awards for Best International Independent Film and Best British Short Film. There are several honorary awards, such as the Special Jury Prize, the Richard Harris Award and the Variety Award. Awarded since 2013, the trophy has been a sculpture by Fredrikson Stallard for Swarovksi. BIFA has 16 competitive award categories and three honorary ones: Best British Independent Film Best Director Best Screenplay Best Actor Best Actress Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress Outstanding Achievement in Craft The Douglas Hickox Award Best Debut Screenwriter Breakthrough Producer Most Promising Newcomer The Discovery Award Best Documentary Best British Short Film Best International Independent Film The Richard Harris Award The Variety Award The Special Jury Prize BIFA entries close in late August / early September.
Main categories: Films must be over 70 minutes in length. Films must have had a public screening to a paying audience, either on general release in the UK or at a British film festival or at one of BIFA's recognised international festivals. Must be produced or majority co-produced by a British production company, or be in receipt of at least 51% of its budget from British source and have sufficient British creative elements. Where there is a major studio funding a film, the total budget must not exceed $20 million. Best International Independent Film: Films must have had a theatrical release in the UK within BIFA's eligibility dates for the given year, or have won an award at one of BIFA's recognised international film festivals. BIFA has a large pool of voters that consists of past BIFA winners and nominees, top British film industry professionals and experienced filmmakers from all areas of production. Although the pool is continually growing, fewer than 200 voters vote for the nominations in any one year.
All entered films must be seen by a minimum number of voters and discussed at a voter meeting before being marked as having been given fair consideration. Once all entered films have been given fair consideration, votes are cast in two rounds: once to reduce all entries to long lists of around 15 films in each category, again to reduce the long lists to the 5 final nominees. In calculating the results, BIFA takes into account the number of voters who have seen each film as well as how many voted for it; the winners in most categories are decided by independent juries, newly–appointed each year. Juries meet to discuss all nominations before voting confidentially for the winner. Exceptions include the honorary awards and the award for Best British Independent Film, the winner of, decided by a confidential vote amongst all BIFA voters. Since 2015, BIFA has hosted UK–wide talent development and film screening programmes with the support of Creative Skillset and the BFI. Running from September 2015 to June 2016, BIFA Insider gave UK–based university and film school students the chance to watch award–winning British films for free online and participate in live-streamed Q&As with top craftspeople who worked on those films.
Sessions included The Lobster with production designer Jaqueline Abrahams, The Selfish Giant with casting director Amy Hubbard and Frank with composer Stephen Rennicks. BIFA Presents is an ongoing project wherein BIFA supports the theatrical distribution of award-nominated and -winning films with special preview and event screenings. In February 2017, BIFA Presents hosted exclusive previews of the Oscar-winning Moonlight in conjunction with Everyman Cinemas. BIFA Independents is a series of regular screenings of films featuring BIFA-winning and nominated talent. Supported by the BFI, Odeon Cinemas, Vue Cinemas and Everyman Cinemas, the screenings take place in 20 UK locations and aim to increase the number of people who watch British independent films at the cinema; the first BIFA Independents screening was in December 2016, featuring Andrea Arnold's Best British Independent Film-winning American Honey. BIFA Patrons include: Official website IMDb page
Wish 143 is a 2009 British live action short film. The film's run time is 24 minutes, it was written by Tom Bidwell, directed by Ian Barnes, produced by Samantha Waite. A terminally ill 15-year-old boy named David is granted a wish by a charitable foundation named the Dreamscape Charity, his request is not for meeting a famous footballer. David, a 15-year-old living in the Cancer ward of a children’s hospital, is asked by Dreamscape Charity representative for his biggest dream. David states; the shocked representative attempts to talk David into meeting a celebrity, but David insists that losing his virginity is all he wants. This statement creates; the Priest tries to convince him to have sex for love, while David insists "I don’t have time for love!" David meets with his ex-girlfriend Amy. During the visit Amy tells him that although she thinks of him she’s dating someone else, she leaves. David sneaks out of the hospital, he attempts to solicit a prostitute. The woman he approaches tells him to use the money to "buy something nice for your mother."
An upset David starts throwing them at cars until he is arrested. When the priest picks him up at the police station he asks him. David responds "I wanted to see how low I could go." The priest reads it. In it Amy states that, while she is flattered by the proposition of having David lose his virginity to her, she feels like she cannot do it, she continues by writing she hopes he gets better soon, she’s sure that when he does she’ll find a nice girl who loves him. The Priest knows what Amy does not, the cancer is spreading and "getting better" is not a possibility; that night the Priest wakes David up and takes him via motorcycle to see a prostitute. He tells her she is nice and reminds him that he doesn’t have to do anything he doesn’t want to. While inside David nervously talks to the girl, she asks him what he wants to do and he replies "I don’t know, what do you want to do?" The girl states she has never been asked that before. She takes off his shirt revealing several scars coming from his chest.
David explains that various treatments. She responds by showing him her own scar, she asks if anyone has told him that. David replies people tell him, she asks him if anyone touches him. David replies. David asks the girl to lie in bed and hold him "that’s all that I want." David cries while she holds and comforts him. The Dreamscape Charity representative returns and asks again if there are any wishes that David wants. A much more contented David says; the representative smiles and tells a story about how the charity arranged for a kid to meet an entire sports team, but at the last minute the kid changed his mind and instead used the van to go on a fishing trip with his uncle. The representative wishes him leaves. In the end, David realizes he has found the love of friendship with the Priest, helping him, they spend a day together clay pigeon shooting. Wish 143 was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film at the 83rd Academy Awards. Wish 143 won Best Short Film UK Feature at London Independent Film Festival.
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Doctor Who (series 11)
The eleventh series of the British science fiction television programme Doctor Who premiered on 7 October 2018 and concluded on 9 December 2018. The series is the first to be led by Chris Chibnall as head writer and executive producer, alongside executive producers Matt Strevens and Sam Hoyle, after Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin stepped down after the tenth series; this series is the eleventh to air following the programme's revival in 2005 and is the thirty-seventh season overall. It marks the beginning of the third production era of the revived series, following Russell T Davies' run from 2005–2010, Moffat's from 2010–2017; the eleventh series was broadcast on Sundays, a first in the programme's history, after regular episodes of the revived era have been broadcast on Saturdays. The series introduces Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor, a new incarnation of the Doctor, an alien Time Lord who travels through time and space in her TARDIS, which appears to be a British police box on the outside.
The series introduces Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole, Mandip Gill as the Doctor's newest travelling companions, Graham O'Brien, Ryan Sinclair, Yasmin Khan, respectively. The series follows the Thirteenth Doctor as she searches for her lost TARDIS, inadvertently bringing Graham and Yasmin with her on her travels, who contemplate returning to their normal lives but decide to continue travelling with the Doctor. Rather than an overall story arc similar to the previous series', each episode of the series served as a standalone story. With the exception of Chibnall, every writer and director who worked on the eleventh series were new contributors to the programme; the ten episodes were directed by Jamie Childs, Mark Tonderai, Sallie Aprahamian, Jennifer Perrott, written by Malorie Blackman, Ed Hime, Pete McTighe, Vinay Patel, Joy Wilkinson, Chris Chibnall, who wrote five episodes for the series solo, co-writing an additional episode with Blackman. Filming for the series commenced in October 2017 and concluded in August 2018.
The series was succeeded by a New Year's Day special episode in 2019, "Resolution", instead of the traditional annual Christmas special. For the first time since the seventh series, thus the second time in the programme's history, each episode of the series served as a standalone story with no multi-parters; the series introduced Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor. Her predecessor Peter Capaldi departed from his role as the Twelfth Doctor after the tenth series, having played the role for three series, his final appearance was in the 2017 Christmas special, "Twice Upon a Time". Moffat stated in February 2017 that Chibnall tried to persuade the actor to continue into the eleventh series, but despite this, Capaldi still decided to depart; the search for the actor to portray the Thirteenth Doctor, led by Chibnall, began in 2017, after he completed work on the third series of the ITV series Broadchurch, for which he is the head writer and executive producer. Chibnall had the final say on the actor, although the decision involved Charlotte Moore and Piers Wenger, the director of content and head of drama for the BBC respectively.
Media reports and bookmakers speculated as to who would replace Capaldi as the Thirteenth Doctor, with Ben Whishaw and Kris Marshall among the most popular predictions. On 16 July 2017, it was announced after the 2017 Wimbledon Championships men's finals that Whittaker would portray the thirteenth incarnation of the Doctor. After the tenth series concluded, it was confirmed that neither Matt Lucas or Pearl Mackie would be reprising their roles for the eleventh series as companions Nardole and Bill Potts; the eleventh series introduced a new set of companions, including Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole, Mandip Gill as Graham O'Brien, Ryan Sinclair and Yasmin Khan, respectively. Walsh had been a favourite for the role since rumours of his casting began in August 2017. Actress Sharon D. Clarke has a recurring role throughout the series as Graham's wife Grace. On 8 March 2018, Alan Cumming announced that he had been cast as King James I in an episode of the series. On 25 March, comedian Lee Mack stated.
Shaun Dooley appears in the series. In a "Coming Soon" vignette during the closing credits of the premiere episode, "The Woman Who Fell to Earth", a number of guest actors appearing in the remaining episodes of the series were shown: Mark Addy, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Shane Zaza, Shobna Gulati, Brett Goldstein, Josh Bowman, Siobhan Finneran, Lois Chimimba, Susan Lynch, Hamza Jeetooa, Art Malik, Suzanne Packer, Vinette Robinson, Amita Suman, Ben Bailey Smith, Phyllis Logan, Chris Noth. In April 2015, Steven Moffat confirmed that Doctor Who would run for at least another five years, extending the show until 2020, it was announced in January 2016 that the tenth series would be Moffat's final series as executive producer and head writer, after seven years as showrunner, for which he was replaced in the role by Chris Chibnall in 2018. Matt Strevens serves as executive producer alongside Chibnall, as well as Sam Hoyle. With Moffat's departure from the role of head writer, he stated in February 2017 that he was not planning to write in a regular capacity for the eleventh series.
The series consisted of 10 episodes, a shorter run compared to the 12 and 13 episodes that have comprised the previous ten series of the revived era. Episodes ran for an average of 50 minutes each, with the premiere running for 64 minutes, described by the BBC as "feature-length". Chibnall stated at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con that each episode of the series was set to be a standalone story with no multi-parters. Chibnall stated that the series would not feature the Daleks.
Regeneration (Doctor Who)
In the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who, regeneration is a biological ability exhibited by the Time Lords, a race of fictional humanoids originating on the planet Gallifrey. This process allows a Time Lord to undergo a transformation into a new physical form and a somewhat different personality after instances which would result in death. Regeneration has been used twelve times throughout the history of the franchise as a device for introducing a new actor for the lead role of its main character, the Doctor. Other Time Lords and similar characters have regenerated for narrative, rather than casting, reasons; the current incarnation of the Doctor is played by Jodie Whittaker, following the regeneration of the Twelfth Doctor during the 2017 Christmas special "Twice Upon a Time". The concept of regeneration was created in 1966 by the writers of Doctor Who as a method of replacing the leading actor; the role of the Doctor had been played by William Hartnell since the programme began in 1963 but, by 1966, it was apparent that Hartnell's health was deteriorating and he was becoming more difficult to work with.
Producer John Wiles had, following several clashes with Hartnell, intended to have the actor replaced in The Celestial Toymaker. Wiles' plan was for the character to reappear played by a new actor; this proposal was vetoed by Gerald Savory, the BBC's Head of Serials, which led to Wiles leaving before The Celestial Toymaker was produced. However, it was apparent. On 29 July 1966, production concluded on the final episode of The Smugglers, the last serial recorded in the third production block. During production and producer Innes Lloyd had reached an agreement that he should leave the role, having starred in one more serial that would see a handover to a new actor, which would be the first one produced as part of Season 4. Script editor Gerry Davis proposed that, since the Doctor had been established as an alien, the character could die and return in a new body. Lloyd took this further by suggesting that the Doctor could do this "renewal" transforming from an older man to a younger one; the process itself was modelled on LSD trips, with the experience being like the "hell and dank horror" of taking the drug.
At the conclusion of The Tenth Planet, the First Doctor collapses from apparent old age and exhaustion, having commented earlier that his body was "wearing a bit thin". Before the eyes of his companions Ben and Polly, of the viewing audience, his features shift into that of the Second Doctor, played by Patrick Troughton. In The Power of the Daleks, the Second Doctor's first story, the Doctor draws an analogy between the renewal and a caterpillar turning into a butterfly, it was not clear whether the renewal was a natural ability of the Doctor's as opposed to a process initiated by technology. In Power of the Daleks, the Second Doctor describes his renewal as a function of his TARDIS time machine, stating that "without it, couldn't survive."When Troughton left the series in 1969, the Doctor was renewed again, but this time the change was forced on him by the Time Lords at the conclusion of The War Games, where it is referred to as a "change of appearance". As with the first change, this language suggested only a superficial physical change, not one of personality, although Jon Pertwee's portrayal of the Third Doctor differed quite from Troughton's.
Unlike the previous change, this one is treated as a punishment rather than a natural process: in The War Games the Doctor protests, "You can't just change what I look like without consulting me!" As the series continued, more aspects of the regenerative process were introduced, but the basic concepts of regeneration as accepted by fans of the series today were only established in the final scene of Planet of the Spiders, when Pertwee's Third Doctor turns into Tom Baker's Fourth Doctor. In this scene, the change is called "regeneration" for the first time, is explained as a biological process that occurs when a Time Lord's body is dying, it is stated that following the regeneration the Doctor's brain cells would be shaken up and his behaviour would be "erratic" for a time, something that would be evident for most subsequent regenerations. In the About Time reference series Lawrence Miles and Tat Wood note that the licensed magazine, Doctor Who Monthly, stated in a "Matrix Data-Bank" column in 1982 that its readers should not confuse the "regenerations" of incarnations with the "rejuvenation" of Hartnell into Troughton.
However, dialogue within the series itself explicitly includes the First-to-Second "rejuvenation" when enumerating the Doctor's regenerations. The regeneration "effect" was accomplished during the series' original run from 1963–1989 through the use of video mixing; the plan was to have Hartnell collapse at the end of The Tenth Planet with his cloak over his face, which would be pulled back to reveal Troughton in the next serial. However, vision mixer Shirley Coward discovered and took advantage of a malfunction in the mixing desk which allowed Hartnell's image to be overexposed to the point of whiting out the screen fading back in to reveal Troughton's face; this meant that the regeneration scene could take place with both actors at the conclusion of The Tenth Planet, Troughton was accordingly signed up to participate. Subsequent regenerations retained e