England is a country, part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Wales to Scotland to the north-northwest; the Irish Sea lies west of England and the Celtic Sea lies to the southwest. England is separated from continental Europe by the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south; the country covers five-eighths of the island of Great Britain, which lies in the North Atlantic, includes over 100 smaller islands, such as the Isles of Scilly and the Isle of Wight. The area now called England was first inhabited by modern humans during the Upper Palaeolithic period, but takes its name from the Angles, a Germanic tribe deriving its name from the Anglia peninsula, who settled during the 5th and 6th centuries. England became a unified state in the 10th century, since the Age of Discovery, which began during the 15th century, has had a significant cultural and legal impact on the wider world; the English language, the Anglican Church, English law – the basis for the common law legal systems of many other countries around the world – developed in England, the country's parliamentary system of government has been adopted by other nations.
The Industrial Revolution began in 18th-century England, transforming its society into the world's first industrialised nation. England's terrain is chiefly low hills and plains in central and southern England. However, there is upland and mountainous terrain in the west; the capital is London, which has the largest metropolitan area in both the United Kingdom and the European Union. England's population of over 55 million comprises 84% of the population of the United Kingdom concentrated around London, the South East, conurbations in the Midlands, the North West, the North East, Yorkshire, which each developed as major industrial regions during the 19th century; the Kingdom of England – which after 1535 included Wales – ceased being a separate sovereign state on 1 May 1707, when the Acts of Union put into effect the terms agreed in the Treaty of Union the previous year, resulting in a political union with the Kingdom of Scotland to create the Kingdom of Great Britain. In 1801, Great Britain was united with the Kingdom of Ireland to become the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
In 1922 the Irish Free State seceded from the United Kingdom, leading to the latter being renamed the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The name "England" is derived from the Old English name Englaland, which means "land of the Angles"; the Angles were one of the Germanic tribes that settled in Great Britain during the Early Middle Ages. The Angles came from the Anglia peninsula in the Bay of Kiel area of the Baltic Sea; the earliest recorded use of the term, as "Engla londe", is in the late-ninth-century translation into Old English of Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People. The term was used in a different sense to the modern one, meaning "the land inhabited by the English", it included English people in what is now south-east Scotland but was part of the English kingdom of Northumbria; the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle recorded that the Domesday Book of 1086 covered the whole of England, meaning the English kingdom, but a few years the Chronicle stated that King Malcolm III went "out of Scotlande into Lothian in Englaland", thus using it in the more ancient sense.
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, its modern spelling was first used in 1538. The earliest attested reference to the Angles occurs in the 1st-century work by Tacitus, Germania, in which the Latin word Anglii is used; the etymology of the tribal name itself is disputed by scholars. How and why a term derived from the name of a tribe, less significant than others, such as the Saxons, came to be used for the entire country and its people is not known, but it seems this is related to the custom of calling the Germanic people in Britain Angli Saxones or English Saxons to distinguish them from continental Saxons of Old Saxony between the Weser and Eider rivers in Northern Germany. In Scottish Gaelic, another language which developed on the island of Great Britain, the Saxon tribe gave their name to the word for England. An alternative name for England is Albion; the name Albion referred to the entire island of Great Britain. The nominally earliest record of the name appears in the Aristotelian Corpus the 4th-century BC De Mundo: "Beyond the Pillars of Hercules is the ocean that flows round the earth.
In it are two large islands called Britannia. But modern scholarly consensus ascribes De Mundo not to Aristotle but to Pseudo-Aristotle, i.e. it was written in the Graeco-Roman period or afterwards. The word Albion or insula Albionum has two possible origins, it either derives from a cognate of the Latin albus meaning white, a reference to the white cliffs of Dover or from the phrase the "island of the Albiones" in the now lost Massaliote Periplus, attested through Avienus' Ora Maritima to which the former served as a source. Albion is now applied to England in a more poetic capacity. Another romantic name for England is Loegria, related to the Welsh word for England and made popular by its use in Arthurian legend; the earliest known evidence of human presence in the area now known as England was that of Homo antecessor, dating to approximate
Queen of the Damned
Queen of the Damned is a 2002 Australian-American horror film, a loose adaptation of the third novel of Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles series, The Queen of the Damned, although the film contains many plot elements from the novel's predecessor The Vampire Lestat. It stars Aaliyah as the vampire queen Akasha, Stuart Townsend as the vampire Lestat. Queen of the Damned is dedicated to her memory. Queen of the Damned was released on February 22, 2002 on April 4, 2002 in Australia; the film received negative reviews from critics. The vampire Lestat is awakened from decades of slumber by the sound of a hard rock band, proceeds to take over as their lead singer. Achieving international success, having revealed the existence of vampires, taunts the others of his kind during an interview for promoting his first and only live concert. Jesse Reeves, a researcher for the paranormal studies group Talamasca, is intrigued by Lestat's lyrics after hearing one of his songs play on TV and tells the rest of the group her theory that he is a vampire.
Her mentor, David Talbot, takes her aside and tells her they know what he is and that a vampire called Marius made him. David shows her Lestat's journal that he recovered and gives it to Jesse for her to read. In the journal, Lestat recalls how he was turned into a vampire by Marius and how he awoke Akasha, the first vampire, with his music. Unsatisfied with what she read, Jesse tracks Lestat down to a London vampire club called The Admiral's Arms, where he saves her from three vampires and confronts her about Marius. In Los Angeles, Lestat is visited by Marius, who warns him that the other vampires will not tolerate his flamboyant public profile. Marius reveals that Akasha has awakened due to Lestat's new music and begs him to cancel his concert, which he refuses. Meanwhile, searching for Lestat, arrives at The Admiral's Arms. After the vampires reveal their plan to kill Lestat at his concert, Akasha torches the club and kills all the vampires inside. Jesse gives Lestat his journal back, she asks him to show her what being a vampire is like.
Lestat scoffs at the idea, but Jesse convinces him to spend his last moments before the concert with her. The two spend some time together and Jesse asks Lestat to turn her, telling him she wants to be with him and that she wants to know everything he does. Lestat angrily refuses, showing her what it's like for a vampire to feed on a human leaves. While performing at his concert in Death Valley, a group of vampires attack Lestat. With Marius' help, they both fend off most of the vampires until Akasha bursts through the stage and takes Lestat with her. Akasha brings Lestat to her new home, where the two vampires mutually feed on one another, during which time Lestat becomes spellbound by Akasha and is forced to obey her, Akasha proclaims Lestat her new king. After the concert, Jesse is taken to the home of her aunt, who reveals herself to be one of the Ancient Vampires. Knowing Akasha's plan to take over the world, the Ancient Vampires discuss their plans to destroy the Queen by drinking from her and draining her of her blood.
However, they believe that. Empowered by Akasha's blood and the Queen confront the Ancient Vampires; when they refuse to join her, Akasha commands Lestat to kill Jesse, as The Queen sees her both as an enemy, due to being Maharet's descendant, as food, with Akasha making an example out of her for those who dare disobey her command. Lestat ostensibly obeys, but after drinking Jesse's blood, comes to his senses and is released from Akasha's power, he angrily requests for his "crown" and Akasha gives him her arm to feed on. Lestat turns on her and begins to drain Akasha's blood. With the help of the Ancients, Akasha's power diminishes. Maharet is the last to drink Akasha's blood, killing Akasha. Lestat goes to Jesse and, cradling her in his arms, gives her his blood as Maharet turns into a marble statue and "sleeps", becoming the new Queen of the Damned. Lestat and Jesse, now a vampire, visits David and return Lestat's journal; when asked by David what it is like, Jesse jokingly offers to turn him into a vampire and bids David goodbye.
The film closes with Jesse walking hand in hand, among mortals, into the night. Warner Bros. had acquired the film rights to several of Anne Rice's novels—the first three Vampire Chronicles and The Mayfair Witches trilogy—after a 1988 takeover of Lorimar Productions. An eventual adaptation of Interview with the Vampire was released in 1994, although not without controversy over fan reaction to the casting of Tom Cruise as Lestat, an objection shared by Anne Rice, which she recanted after seeing the finished film. After the commercial and critical success of Interview, Neil Jordan began initial development of the novel's sequel, The Vampire Lestat, although this went nowhere; as the rights to the novels would revert to Anne Rice at the end of 2000, initial story meetings to adapt one or both of the remaining Vampire Chronicles began in 1998. The decision was made early to rewrite the plot, to base most of the movie on the third book: The Vampire Lestat was considered too broad and episodic for a two-hour feature film, although the novel's setup of Lestat's awakening and career as a rock star was used.
It was decided to focus on Lestat as the primary character, the back story of Akasha and the Story of the Twins were omitted, despite these being central to the plot of the novel. Displeased with the lack of progress, more with the studio's lack of consultation
Royal Shakespeare Company
The Royal Shakespeare Company is a major British theatre company, based in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. The company produces around 20 productions a year; the RSC plays in London, Newcastle upon Tyne and on tour across the UK and internationally. The company's home is in Stratford-upon-Avon, where it has redeveloped its Royal Shakespeare and Swan theatres as part of a £112.8-million "Transformation" project. The theatres re-opened in November 2010, having closed in 2007; the new buildings attracted 18,000 visitors within the first week and received a positive media response both upon opening, following the first full Shakespeare performances. Performances in Stratford-upon-Avon continued throughout the Transformation project at the temporary Courtyard Theatre; as well as the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, the RSC produces new work from living artists and develops creative links with theatre-makers from around the world, as well as working with teachers to inspire a lifelong love of William Shakespeare in young people and running events for everyone to explore and participate in its work.
The RSC celebrated its fiftieth birthday season from April–December 2011, with two companies of actors presenting the first productions designed for the new Royal Shakespeare and Swan Theatre stages. The 2011-season began with performances of Macbeth and a re-imagined lost play The History of Cardenio; the fiftieth birthday season featured The Merchant of Venice with Sir Patrick Stewart and revivals of some of the RSC's greatest plays, including a new staging of Marat/Sade. For the London 2012 Festival as part of the Cultural Olympiad, the RSC produced the World Shakespeare Festival, featuring artists from across the world performing in venues around the UK. In 2013, the company began live screenings of its Shakespeare productions – called Live from Stratford-upon-Avon – which are screened around the world. In 2016, the company collaborated with Intel and The Imaginarium Studios to stage The Tempest, bringing performance capture to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre for the first time. There have been theatrical performances in Stratford-upon-Avon since at least Shakespeare's day, though the first recorded performance of a play written by Shakespeare himself was in 1746 when Parson Joseph Greene, master of Stratford Grammar School, organised a charitable production to fund the restoration of Shakespeare's funerary monument.
John Ward's Birmingham-based company, the Warwickshire Company of Comedians, agreed to perform it. A surviving copy of the playbill records; the first building erected to commemorate Shakespeare was David Garrick's Jubilee Pavilion in 1769, there have been at least 17 buildings used to perform Shakespeare's plays since. The first permanent commemorative building to Shakespeare's works in the town was a theatre built in 1827, in the gardens of New Place, but has long since been demolished; the RSC's history began with the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, the brainchild of a local brewer, Charles Edward Flower. He donated a two-acre site by the River Avon and in 1875 launched an international campaign to build a theatre in the town of Shakespeare's birth; the theatre, a Victorian-Gothic building seating just over 700 people, opened on 23 April 1879, with a performance of Much Ado About Nothing, a title which gave ammunition to several critics. The Memorial, a red brick Gothic cathedral, designed by Dodgshun and Unsworth of Westminster, was unkindly described by Bernard Shaw as "an admirable building, adaptable to every purpose except that of a theatre."
From 1919, under the direction of William Bridges-Adams and after a slow start, its resident New Shakespeare Company became one of the most prestigious in Britain. The theatre received a Royal Charter of Incorporation in 1925. On the afternoon of 6 March 1926, when a new season was about to commence rehearsals, smoke was seen. Fire broke out, the mass of half-timbering chosen to ornament the interior provided dry tinder. By the following morning the theatre was a blackened shell; the company transferred its Shakespeare festivals to a converted local cinema. Fund-raising began for the rebuilding of the theatre, with generous donations arriving from philanthropists in America. In January 1928, following an open competition, 29-year-old Elisabeth Scott was unanimously appointed architect for the new theatre which became the first important work erected in the United Kingdom from the designs of a woman architect. George Bernard Shaw commented, her modernist plans for an art deco structure came under fire from many directions but the new building was opened triumphantly on William Shakespeare's birthday, 23 April 1932.
It came under the direction of Sir Barry Jackson in 1945, Anthony Quayle from 1948 to 1956 and Glen Byam Shaw 1957–1959, with an impressive roll-call of actors. Scott's building, with some minor adjustments to the stage, remained in constant use until 2007 when it was closed for a major refit of the interior. Timeline: 1932 – new Shakespeare Memorial Theatre opens, abutting the remains of the old. 1961 – chartered name of the corporation and the Stratford theatre becomes ‘Royal Shakespeare.’ 1974 – The Other Place opened, created from a prefabricated former store/rehearsal room in Stratford. 1986 – the Swan Theatre opened, created from the shell of the 1879 Memorial Theatre. 1991 – Purpose-built new Other Place, designed by Michael Reardon, opens. September 2004 – The vision for the renewal of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre transformation is announced. July 2006 – The Courtyard Theatre opens with a staging of Michael Boyd’s Histories. November 2010 – The Royal Shakespeare and Swan T
Hitler's SS: Portrait in Evil
Hitler's SS: Portrait in Evil is a 1985 American made-for-television war drama film about two German brothers and Karl Hoffmann, the paths they take during the Nazi regime. The movie was directed by Jim Goddard and starred John Shea, Bill Nighy, Tony Randall, David Warner and John Woodnutt; the film shows Karl, enthusiastic about the Nazi Party, becoming disillusioned and Helmut, at first wary of the Nazi Party, joining the Schutzstaffel and being an accomplice to war crimes. Helmut and Karl Hoffman are two brothers who grow up in the Great Depression of the Weimar Republic, witness the coming to power of the NSDAP and the establishment of the Third Reich. Karl, an unemployed mechanic, is enthusiastic about the Nazis and joins the Sturmabteilung, the Nazi Party militia, after hearing its commander Ernst Röhm speak at a Nazi Party rally. Helmut is reluctant and thinks the Nazis are another political party. Helmut, a university student in Munich, is talked into joining the SS by Reinhard Heydrich in particular after witnessing a meeting in the Ruhr between Hitler, Kurt Baron von Schröder, Emil Kirdorf, other German industrialists.
Helmut is commissioned an SS officer in the Sicherheitsdienst, the intelligence agency of the SS, right before Hitler comes to power, whereas Karl has been an SA member for a year. Karl is distressed due to tensions between the SA and the SS and claims that the SS is trying to make it look like the SA is the "party’s garbage collector"; the entire first half of the film leads up to the Night of the Long Knives. Heydrich quizzes Helmut about the need to get rid of the SA leadership. Helmut replies, "Well, who needs revolutionaries when the revolution has been achieved." The liquidation of the SA leadership, old enemies and the shooting of Ernst Röhm transpire. During this time, Karl is sent to Dachau Concentration Camp. Using his connections within the SS, Helmut gets Karl freed but Heydrich cautions that Karl had better behave himself or else Helmut would find himself "running short of friends"; the next five years preceding World War II are treated hurriedly. The film pays homage to Kristallnacht only in a brief scene, the film skips to Helmut being involved with the selection of prisoners to murder for the Gleiwitz incident.
During the war itself, the film portrays Helmut becoming involved in the paperwork of the Holocaust. Karl meanwhile is drafted in the Wehrmacht, he becomes a Wehrmacht officer on the Eastern Front. Helmut becomes an SS-Oberführer, but is disillusioned with the SS and the Nazi Party by the end of the film. Karl deserts from the army around the time of the assassination attempt against Hitler and wanders Germany observing the war torn rubble of German cities. In late April 1945, Helmut deserts from the SS, but is killed by an SS patrol while trying to flee Berlin; the film ends with Karl and his lover Mitzie standing in the ruins of Stuttgart after learning his parents and little brother Hans are all dead. As the film takes place over a span of thirteen years, the main characters of Helmut and Karl are shown to join the SA, SS, the army with various career paths. A supporting character "Becker" is first introduced in the year 1933 as a member of the SS Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler and a friend of Helmut, rises to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Waffen-SS by the end of the film in 1945.
Unlike Helmut, however, he shows no regret for the actions he was involved in. The actors, most of whom who were in their 30s when the film was produced, are depicted to be between the ages of 20 to 22 when the film begins. To offset the effect that the actors themselves do not age a decade throughout the film, make-up and costuming is used in the first part of the film to portray the characters in their younger days. Played by John SheaKarl begins the film in 1931 as an unemployed mechanic between 18 and 20 years old, it is stated that Karl has a high school education from the Realschule and, during his youth, was a serious soccer player. Karl is quick to join the Nazi Party in the fall of 1931, drawn by the appeals of a better life for the German working class. At the same time Karl joins the Sturmabteilung as a file stormtrooper. Karl is shown to be a part-time member of a local SA unit in Stuttgart and makes one reference to being subordinate to a Scharführer, which Karl calls his "section leader".
Because of his motor mechanic skills, Karl is appointed to the SA transportation section sometime before May 1933. It is in this capacity. Shortly thereafter, Karl becomes attached to the SA Supreme Headquarters in Stuttgart and begins working for an SA-Gruppenführer named Josef Biegler. Biegler comments. Karl is working as Biegler's driver when the Night of the Long Knives occurs and Karl witnesses the execution of SA Chief Ernst Röhm, Biegler and other SA leaders. Karl is thrown into Dachau Concentration Camp and it is at this point that his SA career appears to end; the film incorrectly states that the SA was disbanded, when in fact the SA continued to exist until 1945.
Slade in Flame
Slade in Flame is a 1975 film starring the British rock band Slade. It was directed by Richard Loncraine and written by Andrew Birkin with additional dialogue by Dave Humphries; the film includes supporting roles by Alan Lake and Johnny Shannon. In November 1974, the band's soundtrack album of the same name was released prior to the film; the film charts the history of "Flame", a fictitious group in the late 1960s who are picked up by a marketing company and taken to the top, only to break up at their zenith. Described as the "Citizen Kane of rock musicals" by BBC film critic Mark Kermode, the film went on to achieve critical acclaim years after the mixed feelings on its original release. Slade in Flame has been released in VHS and DVD form, was re-mastered and released in its original Cinemascope wide-screen format on DVD for the first time in 2007; the set featured the soundtrack album. In 2015, Salvo Sound & Vision issued a repackaged CD + DVD version of the film. A paperback book was released, based on the film, written by John Pidgeon.
It was the largest printing that the publisher Panther had done for the home market at 250,000 copies. In the beginning, the future members of Flame are playing in two rival bands; the first band includes guitarist Barry and bassist Paul. They are managed by a local agency run by Ron Harding; the other band, Roy Priest and the Undertakers, is fronted by Stoker. Soon after playing a wedding gig, Daniels' band take on Charlie. Playing at a small venue, the band runs into the Undertakers; the Undertakers' performance is ruined after Daniels locks Stoker in his stage coffin. Having stopped at a roadside cafe after leaving the venue and his band, along with Barry's girlfriend Angie, are forced to make a hasty getaway when the Undertakers arrive looking for them. A car chase results in the police arresting both bands. In the cell at the local police station, Paul is properly introduced to Stoker. Soon after their release, he visits him at his market job to offer him Daniels' place in the band. Stoker agrees to take the part, with the Undertakers having disbanded.
Meanwhile, Barry approaches his friend Russell. The newly-formed band soon play their first performance at a small club, seen by both Harding and a talent scout Tony Devlin. After the show, an argument develops between Harding and Stoker, resulting in Harding dropping them from his agency. Soon afterwards, Stoker receives a letter from Devlin, on behalf of a London-based agency run by Robert Seymour. Offering to take on the band, they travel to London to meet Seymour and agree to sign with his agency. Now named "Flame", the band release their first record, which becomes a hit; as part of its promotion, they arrive by boat to a pirate radio station "Radio City", based in the Thames estuary. During their interview on the Ricky Storm Show, the station is attacked by gunfire and the band escape by helicopter; the resulting front page news boosts their publicity. The new-found fame brings pressure on the members, who are busy with constant recording. At a record company party to celebrate the band's fifth hit record, which had just gone Silver, their former agent Harding turns up to inform Seymour that they are still under contract to his agency and tries to stake a claim to their earnings.
Setting up a meeting with Harding at his office, Seymour uses Daniels to get hold of the band's contract with Harding. Daniels is successful in stealing it and after the meeting with Seymour, Harding is unable to produce proof of his contract with the band. Realising Daniels was in the office to collect his work schedule, Harding soon sends his thugs to retrieve the contract. Finding Daniels, the thugs sever his toes after discovering the money he was paid for stealing the contract. Meanwhile, Flame are in the studio with Devlin, trying to record new material. However, the forming factions within the group continue between Stoker and Paul. After being sent out to buy some beverages, Russell is confronted by Harding's thugs, who give him photographs of Daniels' injuries. On his return to the studio, Russell informs Seymour, who chooses to ignore the threat and Russell decides to quit as roadie. Soon after, Harding turns up unexpectedly at Seymour's office. On the final date of their sell-out tour, Flame continue struggling with escalating tensions between Stoker and Paul.
After the show, Paul decides to leave the band and heads home. Having appearing backstage at Flame's show and his family return home, only to find Harding's thugs have trashed his daughters' bedroom, leaving a teddy ripped apart with "Rock a bye baby" written in red paint on the wall above; the following morning at the hotel, Harding arrives to inform Stoker that Seymour has relinquished the band's contract to Harding. However, Stoker reveals they have split up and exits the room. Noddy Holder - Stoker Jim Lea - Paul Dave Hill - Barry Don Powell - Charlie Tom Conti - Robert Seymour Alan Lake - Jack Daniels Johnny Shannon - Ron Harding Kenneth Colley - Tony Devlin Anthony Allen - Russell Sara Clee - Angie By 1974, Slade had become a big success in the UK, Europe and beyond; the band's manager Chas Chandler suggested. They dismissed the idea of "a Hard Day's Night sort
Flirting is a 1991 Australian coming-of-age comedy drama film written and directed by John Duigan. The story revolves around a romance between two teenagers, it stars Noah Taylor, who appears again as Danny Embling, the protagonist of Duigan's 1987 film The Year My Voice Broke, it stars Thandie Newton and Nicole Kidman. Flirting is the second in an incomplete potential trilogy of autobiographical films by Duigan, it was produced by Terry Hayes, Doug Mitchell, Barbara Gibbs and George Miller, made by Kennedy Miller Studios, who made the Mad Max Trilogy. The film won the 1990 Australian Film Institute Award for Best Film, as The Year My Voice Broke had in 1987. Danny, now an awkward, underdeveloped 17-year-old, has been sent away by his parents to the all-male St. Albans boarding school in rural New South Wales, Australia, in the hopes he won’t become a delinquent; the year is 1965 and it has been some time since Danny has had any romantic relationship with a girl. Danny is the butt of jokes because of long nose.
His only friend is Gilbert. At a school rugby game, he meets and becomes interested in Thandiwe, a Ugandan-Kenyan-British girl attending the all-girls Cirencester Ladies’ College across the lake, while her father, a political activist, is lecturing at university in Canberra, they meet at a debate between the two schools, covertly during a school dance. She is given chores by the prefect, Nicola. Thandiwe is befriended by Melissa and Janet. Throughout the course of the school year, they foster a budding romance, despite the overbearing regulations inflicted upon them — racial politics and social conventions. After the performance of the musical, Danny introduces his parents to her parents, they decide to return to Uganda in response to the political turmoil there. Soon Thandiwe decides to return too, lies about her true departure date, in order to spend the night in a motel with Danny, they are discovered. Thandiwe writes him from Uganda, but the letters stop coming. One day a letter arrives from Nairobi saying she is safe there.
Noah Taylor as Danny Embling Thandie Newton as Thandiwe Adjewa Nicole Kidman as Nicola Radcliffe Kym Wilson as Melissa Naomi Watts as Janet The script was written before The Year My Voice Broke. Although the story evokes universal themes of romance and love, some say that it examines the properties of the "Australian character": existential isolation and strong cultural ties to Great Britain, it was filmed on location in Sydney and Braidwood, New South Wales, including scenes at St Stanislaus College in Bathurst. Flirting features one of the last appearances by Nicole Kidman in an Australian-produced film before she made her transition to Hollywood. In 2011, actor Thandie Newton revealed that she began a six-year-long relationship, starting at the age of 16, with John Duigan, the director, after auditioning for the film. "Proserpina" – written by John Duigan and Sarah de Jong " Sleepy Lagoon" – performed by Harry James "The Wasps" – composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams, performed by Queensland Symphony Orchestra "Johnny Get Angry" – performed by Joanie Sommers "Tutti Frutti" – written by Little Richard, Dorothy La Bostrie and Joe Lubin "I Just Wanna Make Love to You" – written by Willie Dixon "The Moochie" – performed by Sidney Bechet "With a Girl Like You" – performed by The Troggs "Little Egypt" – written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller "Big Bad John" – written by Jimmy DeanThe song "With a Girl Like You" is out of period, not being released until August 1966.
Flirting grossed $1,655,044 at the box office in Australia and $2,415,396 in the USA. and was critically acclaimed. It featured on Roger Ebert's Top 10 Best Films List of 1992, it was ranked number 46 on Entertainment Weekly's list of the 50 Best High School Movies. The New York Times film review of 6 November 1992 commented:There is a kind of painless calm about "Flirting." The film is attractive and just a little dull. Mr. Duigan avoids melodrama, all to the good, yet his gift for the acutely observed commonplace detail is neither strong nor original enough to transform the movie into something comparable to so many similar, better films. The best things about "Flirting" are the performances. Ms. Newton is delightful as Thandiwe, far more sophisticated than Danny and wise enough never to let him know it. Mr. Taylor is good, although the troubled Danny is not an easy character to play. He's the generic artist-as-a-young-man. Nicole Kidman appears in a supporting role as one of Thandiwe's older classmates, less of a snob than she first appears.
The Washington Post of 20 November 1992 commented: The movie is full of wonderful scenes: Newton caught hiding in a boys' toilet stall as the unsuspecting lads come in to shower, a line of uniformed boys ritualistically facing a row of ballroom-gowned girls at a school dance, so on. "Flirting" is full of amusing rejoinders and comments: "Remember her needs as well as yours," suggests Taylor's friend with secondhand Kamasutra wisdom when Taylor heads toward an intended sensual tryst. "If you can give her pleasure, she'll be back for more." The film received the following 1990 AFI Awards: Best Film (Terry Hayes, Doug Mitchell, George
Return to the Blue Lagoon
Return to the Blue Lagoon is a 1991 American romance and adventure film directed and produced by William A. Graham and starring Milla Jovovich and Brian Krause; the film is a sequel to The Blue Lagoon. The screenplay by Leslie Stevens was based on the novel The Garden of God by Henry De Vere Stacpoole; the original music score was composed by Basil Poledouris. The film's closing theme song "A World of Our Own" is performed by Surface featuring Bernard Jackson; the music was written by Barry Mann, the lyrics were written by Cynthia Weil. The film tells the story of two young children marooned on a tropical island paradise in the South Pacific, their life together is blissful, but not without physical and emotional changes, as they grow to maturity and fall in love. In 1897, Mrs. Sarah Hargrave, a widow, two young children are cast off from the ship they are travelling on because the ship's crew are infected with cholera. After days afloat, Kearney, a sailor, sent with them, tries to kill the boy because of his excessive crying.
Sarah angrily dumps his body overboard. The trio is stranded on a beautiful tropical island in the South Pacific. Sarah tries to raise them to be civilized, but soon gives up, as the orphaned boy Richard was born and raised by young lovers on this same island, he influences the widow's daughter Lilli, they grow up and Sarah educates them from the Bible, as well as from her own knowledge, including the facts of life. She cautiously demands the children never to go to the forbidden side of the island. 10 years when Richard and Lilli are about 12 and 10 years old Sarah dies from pneumonia, leaving them to fend for themselves. Sarah is buried on a scenic promontory overlooking the tidal reef area. Together, the children survive on their resourcefulness and the bounty of their remote paradise. Six years both Richard and Lilli grow into strong and beautiful teenagers, they live in a house on the beach and spend their days together fishing and exploring the island. Both their bodies mature and develop and they are physically attracted to each other.
Richard lets Lilli win the child's game Easter egg hunt and dives to find Lilli an adult's pearl as her reward. His penchant for racing a lagoon shark sparks a domestic quarrel. Lilli awakens in the morning with her first menstrual period, just as Sarah described the threshold of womanhood. Richard awakens in the morning with an erection and suffers a nasty mood swing which he cannot explain, they get into an argument regarding privacy and their late mother's rules. One night, Richard goes off to the forbidden side of the island, discovers that a group of natives from another island use the shrine of an impressive, Kon-Tiki-like idol to sacrifice conquered enemies every full moon. Richard camouflages himself with mud and hides in the muck. Richard escapes unscathed. After making up for their fight and Lilli discover natural love and passion, which deepens their emotional bond, they fall in exchange formal wedding vows and rings in the middle of the jungle. They consummate their new-found feelings for each other for the next several months.
Soon after, a ship arrives at the island, carrying unruly sailors, a proud captain, his beautiful but spoiled daughter, Sylvia Hilliard. The party is welcomed by the young couple, they ask to be taken back to civilization, after many years in isolation. Sylvia tries to steal Richard from Lilli and seduce him, but as tempted as he is by her strange ways, he realizes that Lilli is his heart and soul, upsetting Sylvia. Richard angrily leaves Sylvia behind in the middle of the fish pond, in plain view of the landing party. Meanwhile, Quinlan, a sailor, drags her back to the house, he tries to steal her pearl before Richard comes to her rescue. Quinlan opens fire on Richard. Richard lures Quinlan to his death in the jaws of the shark in the tidal reef area. Upon returning, he apologizes to Lilli for hurting her and she reveals that she is pregnant, she tells him that if he wants to leave she will not stop him, but that she wants to raise their child away from civilization and from guns. They decide to stay and raise their child on the island, as they feel their blissful life would not compare to civilization.
The ship departs and the two young lovers have their baby, a girl. Milla Jovovich as Lilli Hargrave Brian Krause as Paddy/Richard LeStrange Jr. Lisa Pelikan as Mrs. Sarah Hargrave Courtney Barilla as Young Lilli Garette Ratliff Henson as Young Richard Emma James as Infant Lilli Jackson Barton as Infant Richard Nana Coburn as Sylvia Hilliard Brian Blain as Captain Jacob Hilliard Peter Hehir as Quinlan Alexander Petersons as Giddens John Mann as First Captain Wayne Pygram as Kearney John Dicks as Penfield The film was shot on location in Australia and Taveuni, Fiji. Like the original, the film received negative reviews, it holds a rare 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 30 reviews with the consensus: "Despite its lush tropical scenery and attractive leads, Return to the Blue Lagoon is as ridiculous as its predecessor, lacks the prurience and unintentional laughs that might make it a guilty pleasure."The film flopped at the box office. On a budget of $11,000,000, it made less than $3,000,000 in the United States.
1991 Golden Raspberry Awards Nominee: Worst Director - William A. Graham Nominee: Worst New Star - Milla Jovovich Nominee: Worst New Star - Brian Krause Nominee: Worst Picture - William A. Graham Nominee: Worst Screenplay - Leslie Stevens Young Ar