Sir Michael John Gambon is an Irish-born British character actor who has worked in theatre and film. He was trained under Laurence Olivier and started his long work on stage in the National Theatre before retiring in 2015 due to memory loss, his most famous role is that of Professor Albus Dumbledore who Gambon played in the final six Harry Potter films after the death of Richard Harris who had played the role. His other films include, The Cook, the thief, His Wife, Her Lover, The Wings of the Dove, Sleepy Hollow, Gosford Park, Being Julia, Amazing Grace, The King's Speech, Quartet and Abdul, the Paddington films. Gambon has appeared in various television projects including, The Singing Detective and Daughters, Path to War, Angels in America, Emma, The Casual Vacancy, Churchill's Secret, The Hollow Crown, Little Women, he was knighted in 1998 for services to drama, has won four BAFTA TV Awards, three Olivier Awards and was awarded the Irish Film & Television Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017 for his contribution to Irish film.
Gambon was born in Cabra, during World War II. His father, Edward Gambon, was an engineering operative, his mother, was a seamstress; as his father decided to seek work in the rebuilding of London, the family moved to Mornington Crescent in north London, when Gambon was six. His father had him made a British citizen, a decision that would allow Gambon to receive a substantive, rather than honorary, knighthood and CBE. Brought up as a strict Roman Catholic, he attended St Aloysius Boys' School in Somers Town and served at the altar, he moved to St Aloysius' College in Hornsey Lane, London, whose former pupils include actor Peter Sellers. He moved to North End and attended Crayford Secondary School, before leaving with no qualifications at fifteen, he gained an apprenticeship with Vickers Armstrong as a toolmaker. By the time he was 21, he was a qualified engineering technician, he kept the job for a further year, acquiring a fascination and passion for collecting antique guns, clocks and classic cars.
At age 24, Gambon wrote a letter to Micheál Mac Liammóir, the Irish theatre impresario who ran Dublin's Gate Theatre. It was accompanied by a CV describing a rich and wholly imaginary theatre career: he was taken on. Gambon made his professional stage debut in the Gate Theatre's 1962 production of Othello, playing "Second Gentleman", followed by a European tour. A year auditioning with the opening soliloquy from Richard III, he caught the eye of Laurence Olivier, recruiting promising actors for his new National Theatre Company. Gambon, along with Robert Stephens, Derek Jacobi and Frank Finlay, were hired as one of the "to be renowned" and played any number of small roles, appearing on cast lists as "Mike Gambon"; the company performed at the Old Vic, their first production being Hamlet, directed by Olivier and starring Peter O'Toole. Gambon played for four years in many NT productions, including named roles in The Recruiting Officer and The Royal Hunt of the Sun, working with directors William Gaskill and John Dexter.
After three years at the Old Vic, Olivier advised Gambon to gain experience in provincial rep. In 1967, he left the NT for the Birmingham Repertory Company, to give him his first crack at the title roles in Othello and Coriolanus, his rise to fame began in 1974 when Eric Thompson cast him as the melancholy vet in Alan Ayckbourn's The Norman Conquests at Greenwich. A speedy transfer to the West End established him as a comic actor, squatting at a crowded dining table on a tiny chair and agonising over a choice between black or white coffee. Back at the National, now on the South Bank, his next turning point was Peter Hall's premiere staging of Harold Pinter's Betrayal, a performance marked by subtlety – a production photograph shows him embracing Penelope Wilton with sensitive hands and long slim fingers, he is one of the few actors to have mastered the demands of the vast Olivier Theatre. As Simon Callow once said: "Gambon's iron lungs and overwhelming charisma are able to command a sort of operatic full-throatedness which triumphs over hard walls and long distances".
This was to serve him in good stead in John Dexter's masterly staging of The Life of Galileo in 1980, the first Brecht to become a popular success. Hall called him "unsentimental and immensely powerful," and The Sunday Times called his performance "a decisive step in the direction of great tragedy... great acting," while fellow actors paid him the rare compliment of applauding him in the dressing room on the first night. Ralph Richardson dubbed him The Great Gambon, an accolade which stuck, although Gambon dismisses it as a circus slogan, but as Sheridan Morley perceptively remarked in 2000, when reviewing Nicholas Wright's Cressida: "Gambon's eccentricity on stage now begins to rival that of his great mentor Richardson". Like Richardson, interviews are given and raise more questions than they answer. Gambon is a private person, a "non-starry star" as Ayckbourn has called him. Off-stage he prefers to stay out of the limelight. While he has won screen acclaim, his ravaged King Lear at Stratford, while he was still in his early forties, formed a double act with a red-nosed Antony Sher as the Fool sitting on his master's knee like a ventriloquist's doll.
There were appearances in Pinter's Old Times at the Haymarket Theatre and Jonson's Volpone and the brutal sergeant in Pinter's Mountain Language. David Hare's Skylight, with Li
Striptease is a 1996 American erotic comedy film directed and written by Andrew Bergman, starring Demi Moore, Armand Assante, Ving Rhames, Robert Patrick, Burt Reynolds. The film is based on Carl Hiaasen's novel of the same name, is about a stripper who becomes involved in both a child-custody dispute and corrupt politics. Striptease was released theatrically on June 1996 by Columbia Pictures; the film was panned by the critics and wound up winning several Golden Raspberry Awards, including for the Worst Picture. Although it bombed at the North American box office, the film still managed to be a moderate financial success overseas, with worldwide gross of $113 million against its $50 million budget, it was considered a failure because of its underperformance domestically and failing to meet the expectations. Moore was paid a unprecedented $12.5 million to star in the film, making her the highest paid actress in film history. The subsequent debacle of the film as well as contempt of her performance marked a massive downturn in her career.
Former FBI secretary Erin Grant loses custody of her young daughter Angela to her ex-husband Darrell, a criminal and cost Erin her job. To afford an appeal to get her daughter back, Erin becomes a stripper at the Eager Beaver, a strip club in Miami. A Congressman named David Dilbeck becomes infatuated with Erin. Aware of Dilbeck's embarrassing indulgences, another Eager Beaver patron approaches Erin with a plan to manipulate the congressman to settle the custody battle and help her get Angela back. However, Dilbeck has powerful business connections; those who can embarrass him in an election are murdered. Meanwhile, Erin retrieves her daughter from Darrell's negligent care. Dilbeck's personal interest in Erin persists, she is invited to perform for him, he asks her to become his lover and his wife, despite his staff's concerns that she knows too much. A debate occurs as to whether to kill Erin or keep her quiet by threatening to take away her daughter. However, Erin and a police officer Al Garcia begin to suspect the congressman's guilt in the murders, Erin concocts a plan to bring the congressman to justice.
She tricks him into confessing on tape, he is soon after arrested. Thus, Erin regains full custody of Angela, quits stripping, gets back her job in the FBI. Darrell returns to prison. Castle Rock Entertainment produced Striptease; the film is based on the novel Strip Tease by Floridian crime writer Carl Hiaasen. It was a bestseller; the screenplay itself was written by Andrew Bergman, who directed. According to one critic, the novel's plot is "quite faithfully followed" by the screenplay, but in bringing the complicated story to the screen, "Bergman forgets to explain persuasively what a nice girl like Erin — smart, spunky and a former FBI employee — is doing in a dump called the Eager Beaver."Bergman says, "I loved the book, the funny thing was, Hiaasen loved the movie. He thought it was really true to the book, which I wanted to do! I don’t regret it. I was treated like a freakin’ child molester for making that movie, but so be it."Concerns that the ending of the film was not comical enough resulted in rewrites and reshoots, causing a one-month delay.
Part of these concerns owed to test screenings, where audiences objected to a scene where Dilbeck becomes violent. Test screenings turned up less than favorable reactions."Striptease was hard because the tone was so crazy," said Bergman. "How do you stay true to the tone? You have to be true to those strip clubs. There’s always some woman with like 50 triple-Ds, they always advertise, you have to have someone like that. To see it, you’re walking this fine line. I didn’t want to sanitize it, I didn’t, I got my ass kicked for it." Moore played Erin Grant. For the film, she was paid $12.5 million, at the time a record for an actress. Bergman said, "Is Demi the funniest person in the world? No. Would the movie have been made without her? Not. No other major star was willing to take her clothes off, I was not going to do a TNT version of Striptease with people running around in swimsuits."To prepare for her role, Moore visited strip clubs in New York City and Florida, she met with strippers. Moore did dance topless in the part, this was the sixth time she showed her breasts on film.
She read the novel and practiced yoga. Moore was cast before other important parts were cast. In the first attempt at filming Moore stripping, two hundred extras were used to portray the audience. Although their salaries were small, many accepted the role to see Moore nude. After waiting for a while, when Moore appeared and started dancing the crowd turned so loud and wild that the shooting had to temporarily cease; as Moore said, "After my experience, I felt confident."Rhames plays a bouncer named Shad. The filmmakers, in trying actors out for Shad's part, looked for someone "at least 6'2 and physically massive...any ethnicity." Reynolds played Congressman Dilbeck, he based his performance after politicians he knew in his early life, through his father, a police chief. Reynolds was not an actor that the filmmakers had in mind for the part - they wanted Gene Hackman - Reynolds pursued it; when Hackman turned the role down, Reynolds contacted Castle Rock head Rob Reiner, traveled to Miami to audition.
"To be honest," said producer Lobell, "we were not enthusiastic at first. There wa
Variety is a weekly American entertainment trade magazine and website owned by Penske Media Corporation. It was founded by Sime Silverman in New York in 1905 as a weekly newspaper reporting on theater and vaudeville. In 1933 it added Daily Variety, based in Los Angeles. Variety.com features breaking entertainment news, box office results, cover stories, photo galleries and more, plus a credits database, production charts and calendar, with archive content dating back to 1905. Variety has been published since December 16, 1905, when it was launched by Sime Silverman as a weekly periodical covering theater and vaudeville with its headquarters in New York City. Sime was fired by The Morning Telegraph in 1905 for panning an act which had taken out an advert for $50, said that it looked like he would have to start his own paper in order to be able to tell the truth. With a loan of $1,500 from his father-in-law, he launched Variety as editor. In addition to Sime's former employer The Morning Telegraph, other major competitors on launch were The New York Clipper and the New York Dramatic Mirror.
The original cover design, similar to the current design, was sketched by Edgar M. Miller, a scenic painter, who refused payment; the front cover contained pictures of the original editorial staff, who were Alfred Greason, Epes W Sargeant and Joshua Lowe, as well as Sime. The first issue contained a review by Sime's son Sidne known as Skigie, claimed to be the youngest critic in the world at seven years old. In 1922, Sime acquired The New York Clipper, reporting on the stage and other entertainment since 1853 and folded it two years merging some of its features into Variety. In 1922, Sime launched the Times Square Daily, which he referred to as "the world's worst daily" and soon scrapped. During that period, Variety staffers worked on all three papers. After the launch of The Hollywood Reporter in 1930, which Variety sued for alleged plagiarism in 1932, Sime launched Daily Variety in 1933, based in Hollywood, with Arthur Ungar as the editor, it replaced Variety Bulletin, issued in Hollywood on Fridays.
Daily Variety was published every day other than Sunday but on Monday to Friday. Ungar was editor until 1950, followed by Joe Schoenfeld and Thomas M. Pryor, succeeded by his son Pete; the Daily and the Weekly were run as independent newspapers, with the Daily concentrating on Hollywood news and the Weekly on U. S. and International coverage. Sime Silverman had passed on the editorship of the Weekly Variety to Abel Green as his replacement in 1931. Green remained as editor from 1931 until his death in 1973. Sime's son Sidne succeeded him as publisher of both publications. Following his death from tuberculosis in 1950, his only son Syd Silverman, was the sole heir to what was Variety Inc. Young Syd's legal guardian Harold Erichs oversaw Variety Inc. until 1956. After that date Syd Silverman managed the company as publisher of both the Weekly Variety in New York and the Daily Variety in Hollywood, until the sale of both papers in 1987 to Cahners Publishing for $64 million, he remained as publisher until 1990 when he was succeeded on Weekly Variety by Gerard A. Byrne and on Daily Variety by Sime's great grandson, Michael Silverman.
Syd became chairman of both publications. In 1953, Army Archerd's "Just for Variety" column appeared on page two of Daily Variety and swiftly became popular in Hollywood. Archerd broke countless exclusive stories, reporting from film sets, announcing pending deals, giving news of star-related hospitalizations and births; the column appeared daily for 52 years until September 1, 2005. On December 7, 1988, the editor, Roger Watkins and oversaw the transition to four-color print. Upon its launch, the new-look Variety measured one inch shorter with a washed-out color on the front; the old front-page box advertisement was replaced by a strip advertisement, along with the first photos published in Variety since Sime gave up using them in the old format in 1920: they depicted Sime and Syd. For twenty years from 1989 its editor-in-chief was Peter Bart only of the weekly New York edition, with Michael Silverman running the Daily in Hollywood. Bart had worked at Paramount Pictures and The New York Times.
In April 2009, Bart moved to the position of "vice president and editorial director", characterized online as "Boffo No More: Bart Up and Out at Variety". From mid 2009 to 2013, Timothy M. Gray oversaw the publication as Editor-in-Chief, after over 30 years of various reporter and editor positions in the newsroom. In October 2012, Reed Business Information, the periodical's owner, sold the publication to Penske Media Corporation. PMC is the owner of Deadline Hollywood, which since the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike has been considered Variety's largest competitor in online showbiz news. In October 2012, Jay Penske, Chairman and CEO of PMC, announced that the website's paywall would come down, the print publication would stay, he would invest more into Variety's digital platform in a townhall. In March 2013, Variety owner Jay Penske appointed three co-editors to oversee different parts of the publication's industry coverage; the decision was made to stop printing Daily Variety with the last printed edition published on March 19, 2013 with the headline "Variety A
Henry Goodman is a RADA trained English actor. He has appeared in film and in the theatre, he attended the Central Foundation Boys' School and joined the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, in 1969. Goodman has had an extensive acting career that includes a wide range of roles in theatre, on television and radio, he has won numerous awards for his theatre work. In 2013 he played the role of Sir Humphrey Appleby in the remake of Yes, Prime Minister, launched on the Gold television channel. Goodman appeared on Broadway in three shows, he replaced Nathan Lane in The Producers in 2002, but was fired after one month due to creative differences with Mel Brooks. The following year he returned to Broadway in Tartuffe. In 2010 he played the role of Sir Humphrey Appleby in the stage version of Yes, Prime Minister at the Chichester Festival Gielgud Theatre, in London's West End from 17 September 2010. In 2012 he played title role in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui in Chichester and in the West End to critical acclaim.
In 2015 he played the title role in Ben Jonson's Jacobean comedy Volpone at the Royal Shakespeare Company, directed by Trevor Nunn co-starring Matthew Kelly and Miles Richardson. His previous RSC appearance was in 2003 as Richard III. In 2017 he played Lucian Freud in Looking at Lucian, written by Alan Franks, at the Ustinov Studio at Theatre Royal, Bath. Of this part, he said "I share an intense hunger to want theatre to be as meaningful as he wanted painting to be." He portrayed a HYDRA doctor in the 2014 film Captain America: The Winter Soldier, though he was uncredited in the credits. He played the character again, now named Dr. List, on the second season of the TV show Agents of S. H. I. E. L. D. and in the 2015 film Avengers: Age of Ultron. Goodman is a respected radio actor, he portrayed Leopold Bloom in BBC Radio 4's all-day adaptation of James Joyce's Ulysses for'Bloomsday' in 2012. He has played author and chemist Primo Levi and a large number of other Jewish, characters on Radio 4, his awards include the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical playing Charles Guiteau in Assassins at the Donmar Warehouse directed by Sam Mendes in 1993, the Olivier Award for Best Actor for Shylock in The Merchant of Venice at the National Theatre directed by Trevor Nunn in 2000.
He has been nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical in 1998 for Chicago, London Critics Circle Theatre Award for Best Actor, Theatre Awards UK for Best Performance in a Play in 2012. In his autobiography, Antony Sher says Goodman's Shylock is "quite the best", he reprised his role for a television film, released in 2004. One of six children, Goodman is Jewish, he is married to a choreographer and dance director. Sources: Rotten Tomatoes TCM AllMovie Interview with Henry Goodman on SomethingJewish Henry Goodman on IMDb
A horror film is a film that seeks to elicit fear. Inspired by literature from authors like Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stoker, Mary Shelley, horror has existed as a film genre for more than a century; the macabre and the supernatural are frequent themes. Horror may overlap with the fantasy, supernatural fiction, thriller genres. Horror films aim to evoke viewers' nightmares, fears and terror of the unknown. Plots with in the horror genre involve the intrusion of an evil force, event, or personage into the everyday world. Prevalent elements include ghosts, extraterrestrials, werewolves, Satanism, evil clowns, torture, vicious animals, evil witches, zombies, psychopaths, ecological or man-made disasters, serial killers; some sub-genres of horror film include low-budget horror, action horror, comedy horror, body horror, disaster horror, found footage, holiday horror, horror drama, psychological horror, science fiction horror, supernatural horror, gothic horror, natural horror, zombie horror, disaster films, first-person horror, teen horror.
The first depiction of the supernatural on screen appear in several of the short silent films created by the French pioneer filmmaker Georges Méliès in the late 1890s. The best known of these early supernatural-based works is the 3-minute short film Le Manoir du Diable known in English as The Haunted Castle or The House of the Devil; the film is sometimes credited as being the first horror film. In The Haunted Castle, a mischievous devil appears inside a medieval castle and harasses the visitors. Méliès' other popular horror film is La Caverne maudite, which translates to "the accursed cave"; the film known for its English title The Cave of the Demons, tells the story of a woman stumbling over a cave, populated by the spirits and skeletons of people who died there. Méliès would make other short films that historians consider now as horror-comedies. Une nuit terrible, which translates to A Terrible Night, tells a story of a man who tries to get a good night's sleep but ends up wrestling a giant spider.
His other film, L'auberge ensorcelée, or The Bewitched Inn, features a story of a hotel guest getting pranked and tormented by an unseen presence. In 1897, the accomplished American photographer-turned director George Albert Smith created The X-Ray Fiend, a horror-comedy that came out a mere two years after x-rays were invented; the film shows a couple of skeletons courting each other. An audience full of people unaccustomed to the idea would have found it frightening and otherworldly; the next year, Smith created the short film Photographing a Ghost, considered a precursor to the paranormal investigation subgenre. The film portrays three men attempting to photograph a ghost, only to fail time and again as the ghost eludes the men and throws chairs at them. Japan made early forays into the horror genre. In 1898, a Japanese film company called Konishi Honten released two horror films both written by Ejiro Hatta. Though there are no records of the cast, crew, or plot of Bake Jizo, it was based on the Japanese legend of Jizo statues, believed to provide safety and protection to children.
The presence of the word bake—which can be translated to "spook," "ghost," or "phantom"—may imply a haunted or possessed statue. Spanish filmmaker Segundo de Chomón, regarded as one of the most significant silent film directors, was popular for his frequent camera tricks and optical illusions, an innovation that contributed to the popularity of trick films in the period, his famous works include Satan at Play. The Selig Polyscope Company in the United States produced one of the first film adaptations of a horror-based novel. In 1908, the company released Mr. Hyde, now a lost film, it is based on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic gothic novella Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, published 15 years prior, about a man who transforms between two contrasting personas. Georges Méliès liked adapting the Faust legend into his films. In fact, the French filmmaker produced at least six variations of the German legend of the man who made a pact with the devil. Among his notable Faust films include Faust aux enfers, known for its English title The Damnation of Faust, or Faust in Hell.
It is the filmmaker's third film adaptation of the Faust legend. In it, Méliès took inspiration from Hector Berlioz's Faust opera, but it pays less attention to the story and more to the special effects that represent a tour of hell; the film takes advantage of stage machinery techniques and features special effects such as pyrotechnics, substitution
46th Berlin International Film Festival
The 46th annual Berlin International Film Festival was held from 15 to 26 February 1996. The Golden Bear was Sensibility directed by Ang Lee; the retrospective dedicated to American film director and screenwriter William Wyler was shown at the festival. The following people were announced as being on the jury for the festival: Nikita Mikhalkov Gila Almagor Vincenzo Cerami Joan Chen Ann Hui Peter Lilienthal Jürgen Prochnow Claude Rich Fay Weldon Catherine Wyler Christian Zeender The following films were in competition for the Golden Bear and Silver Bear awards: The following prizes were awarded by the Jury: Golden Bear: Sense and Sensibility by Ang Lee Silver Bear - Special Jury Prize: Lust och fägring stor by Bo Widerberg Silver Bear for Best Director: Yim Ho for Taiyang you er Richard Loncraine for Richard III Silver Bear for Best Actress: Anouk Grinberg for Mon homme Silver Bear for Best Actor: Sean Penn for Dead Man Walking Silver Bear for an outstanding single achievement: Yōichi Higashi for Eno nakano bokuno mura Silver Bear for an outstanding artistic contribution: Andrzej Wajda for Wielki tydzień Alfred Bauer Prize: Vite strozzate Honourable Mention: Mahjong by Edward Yang Stille Nacht by Dani Levy Rì guāng xiá gǔ by He Ping Blue Angel Award: Lust och fägring stor by Bo Widerberg Honorary Golden Bear: Jack Lemmon Elia Kazan Berlinale Camera: Tschingis Aitmatov Jodie Foster Sally Field Astrid Henning-Jensen Volker Noth FIPRESCI Award Taiyang you er by Yim Ho 46th Berlin International Film Festival 1996 1996 Berlin International Film Festival Berlin International Film Festival:1996 at Internet Movie Database
Sir Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is a retired English actor who holds both British and Irish citizenship. Born and raised in London, he excelled on stage at the National Youth Theatre, before being accepted at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, which he attended for three years. Day-Lewis has been hailed by many as one of the greatest and most respected actors of his generation, one of the greatest actors of all time. Despite his traditional training at the Bristol Old Vic, Day-Lewis is considered a method actor, known for his constant devotion to and research of his roles. Displaying a “mercurial intensity“, he would remain in character throughout the shooting schedules of his films to the point of adversely affecting his health, he is one of the most selective actors in the film industry, having starred in only six films since 1998, with as many as five years between roles. Protective of his private life, he gives interviews, makes few public appearances. In June 2014, he received a knighthood for services to drama.
Day-Lewis announced his retirement in 2017, following the completion of his starring role in Phantom Thread. Day-Lewis shifted between theatre and film for most of the early 1980s, joining the Royal Shakespeare Company and playing Romeo in Romeo and Juliet and Flute in A Midsummer Night's Dream, before appearing in the 1984 film The Bounty, he starred in My Beautiful Laundrette, his first critically acclaimed role, gained further public notice with A Room with a View. He assumed leading man status with The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Day-Lewis has earned numerous awards throughout his career; those awards include Academy Awards for Best Actor for his performances in My Left Foot, There Will Be Blood, Lincoln making him the only male actor in history to have three wins in the Best Actor category and one of only three male actors to win three Oscars. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his work in In the Name of the Father, Gangs of New York, Phantom Thread. Day-Lewis has won four BAFTA Awards for Best Actor, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Golden Globe Awards.
Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis was born in Kensington, the second child of poet Cecil Day-Lewis and his second wife, actress Jill Balcon. His older sister, Tamasin Day-Lewis, is a television food critic, his father, born in the Irish town of Ballintubbert, County Laois, was of Protestant Anglo-Irish descent, lived in England from the age of two, was appointed Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom. Daniel's mother was Jewish. Day-Lewis' maternal grandfather, Sir Michael Balcon, became the head of Ealing Studios, helping develop the new British film industry. Two years after Day-Lewis' birth, he moved with his family to Crooms Hill in Greenwich via Port Clarence Middlesbrough, he and his older sister did not see much of their older two half-brothers, teenagers when Day-Lewis' father divorced their mother. Living in Greenwich, Day-Lewis had to deal with tough South London children. Identified as Jewish and "posh", he was bullied, he mastered the local accent and mannerisms, credits that as being his first convincing performance.
In life, he has been known to speak of himself as much a disorderly character in his younger years in trouble for shoplifting and other petty crimes. In 1968, Day-Lewis' parents, finding his behaviour to be too wild, sent him as a boarder to the independent Sevenoaks School in Kent. At the school, he was introduced to his three most prominent interests: woodworking and fishing. However, his disdain for the school grew, after two years at Sevenoaks, he was transferred to another independent school, Bedales in Petersfield, Hampshire, his sister was a student there, it had a more relaxed and creative ethos. He made his film debut at the age of 14 in Sunday Bloody Sunday, in which he played a vandal in an uncredited role, he described the experience as "heaven" for getting paid £2 to vandalise expensive cars parked outside his local church. For a few weeks in 1972, the Day-Lewis family lived at Lemmons, the north London home of Kingsley Amis and Elizabeth Jane Howard. Day-Lewis' father had pancreatic cancer, Howard invited the family to Lemmons as a place they could use to rest and recuperate.
His father died there in May that year. By the time he left Bedales in 1975, Day-Lewis' unruly attitude had diminished and he needed to make a career choice. Although he had excelled on stage at the National Youth Theatre in London, he applied for a five-year apprenticeship as a cabinet-maker, he was rejected due to lack of experience. He was accepted at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, which he attended for three years along with Miranda Richardson performing at the Bristol Old Vic itself. At one point he played understudy to Pete Postlethwaite, with whom he would co-star in the film In the Name of the Father. John Hartoch, Day-Lewis' acting teacher at Bristol Old Vic, recalled: There was something about him then, he was quiet and polite, but he was focused on his acting—he had a burning quality. He seemed to have something burning beneath the surface. There was a lot going on beneath that quiet appearance. There was one performance in particular, when the students put on a play called Class Energy, when he seemed to shine—and it became obvious to us, the staff, that we had someone rather special on our hands.
During the early 1980s, Day-Lewis worked in theatre and television, including Frost