Janne Tapio Kuusi is a Finnish television and film director, screenwriter and occasional actor. Directing since 1980 Kuusi has worked on television in Finland although he has directed several feature films, short fictions and documentaries, his last film direction in 2011 was Bohemian Eyes, a documentary film on Aki Kaurismäki's star actor Matti Pellonpää. After 2006 he has concentrated to writing. Laki jota ei ole/The un-existing Law, 1979, a TV documentary director, editor Prologi/The Prologue, 1980, a 30-min. Fiction. Writer, editor, producer Läpimurto/The Breakthrough, 1981, a 45 min. fiction. Writer together with J. Tommola, director Parveke/Le Balcon/The Balcony, 1982, a TV-play adaptation from the play by Jean Genet and direction together with A. af Hällström Apinan vuosi/The Year of the Ape, 1983, a 90-min. Fiction. Writer together with H. Sirola, director. Lapsilta kielletty/Forbidden from 1984, a TV-series. Writer together with T. Eränkö, director Laulu/A Song, 1985, a 75-min. Documentary.
Direction together with A. af Hällström Älä itke Iines/Gone with 1987, a 90-min. Fiction. Producer and director Onnea matkaan/Pleasant Journey!, 1988, a 40 min. TV-film written by J. Kylätasku. Director. Fyysillinen henkilö/A Physical Person, 1988, a 30-min. TV play. Writer together with T. Eränkö, director. 88, 1989, a 40-min. Documentary. Direction together with T. Turkki, editor. Valkoinen nainen/The 1989, a 100-min. TV-film. Writer together with J. Kylätasku, director Valehtelu virkistää/Refreshing Lies, 1990, a 6 x 25 min TV-series, written by M. Ahola. Dramaturgist and director 99,5 °C – Sydänkohtauksia/Heart Attacks, 1991, a 30-min. TV-film. Writer and director. Toinen luonto/The 1992, a 60-min. TV-film. Writer and editor. Mikroaika/Micro Time, 1992, a 6-min. Fiction. Writer, director and producer. Tuliainen/The Gift, 1993, a 25-min. Fiction. Writer together with H. Vuento, director Meno-Paluu/There and Back, 1994, a 13-min. Fiction. Writer and director. Let's Play Zeus, 1995, a 30-min. Fiction, written by A. Bardy and A. Karumo.
Director. Estimated Time of Arrival, 1996, a 30-min. Fiction, written by A. Bardy and A. Karumo. Director. Hotelli Voodoo/Hotel Voodoo, 1997, a 47-min musical fiction for TV, written by H. Nurmio. Director and producer. Jäppinen, 1997, a 25 min TV-fiction, written by O. Nyytäjä. Director and producer. Vapaa Pudotus/The Free Fall, 2000–02, developing a new method of using improvisation with actors in screenwriting and filmmaking. Result: a 10 x 45 min series of TV-films. Director, writer with A. Salmenperä and actor group Stella Polaris, Helsinki Kukkia ja Sidontaa/Flowers and Binding, 2004, a 107 min fiction and 5 x 45 min TV-miniseries. Writer together with A. Bardy and actor group Stella Polaris, director Saippuaprinssi/The Prince of Soap, 2006, a 95 min fiction, written by A. Bardy. Director. Boheemi elää/Bohemian Eyes, 2011, a 75 min documentary on actor Matti Pellonpää. Director. Janne Kuusi on IMDb
Hobitit is a Finnish live action fantasy television miniseries broadcast in 1993 on Yle TV1. Produced by Olof Qvickström, it is based on The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien, but limits itself to the storyline of Frodo and Sam, their adventures are narrated by Sam many years to an audience of young Hobbits. Except for a flashback to Bilbo's encounter with Gollum, no material from The Hobbit is used; the series was directed by Timo Torikka. Toni Edelmann composed the soundtrack. Hobitit featured nine episodes of 30 minutes runtime that were aired from 29 March to 24 May 1993. Filming locations included the Ryhmäteatteri theatre in Yle's production facilities; the show's cast included the following actors and roles: Taneli Mäkelä – Frodo Baggins Pertti Sveholm – Samwise Gamgee Jari Pehkonen – Peregrin Took Jarmo Hyttinen – Meriadoc Brandybuck Vesa Vierikko – Gandalf Kari Väänänen – Gollum, Aragorn/Strider Ville Virtanen – Legolas Tomi Salmela – Gimli Carl-Kristian Rundman – Boromir Martti Suosalo – Bilbo Baggins Esko Hukkanen – Tom Bombadil Leif Wager – Elrond Matti Pellonpää – Saruman Mikko Kivinen – Barliman Butterbur 1.
Bilbo 2. Tie, "The road" 3. Vanha metsä, "The Old Forest" 4. Pomppiva poni, "The Prancing Pony" 5. Konkari, "Strider" 6. Lorien 7. Mordor 8. Tuomiovuori, "Mount Doom" 9. Vapautus, "Liberation" Hobitit on IMDb
Hamlet Goes Business
Hamlet Goes Business is a 1987 Finnish comedy film directed by Aki Kaurismäki and starring Pirkka-Pekka Petelius. Hamlet on screen Hamlet Goes Business on IMDb Hamlet Goes Business at AllMovie Hamlet Goes Business at the British Board of Film Classification Hamlet Goes Business at the British Film Institute Hamlet Goes Business at Elonet Hamlet Goes Business at Rotten Tomatoes Hamlet Goes Business at the Swedish Film Institute Database
Sir Kenneth Charles Branagh is a Northern Irish actor, director and screenwriter. Branagh trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, in 2015 succeeded Richard Attenborough as its president, he has both directed and starred in several film adaptations of William Shakespeare's plays, including Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, Love's Labour's Lost, As You Like It. Branagh has starred in numerous other films and television series including Fortunes of War, Woody Allen's Celebrity, Wild Wild West, as the voice of Miguel in The Road to El Dorado, as SS leader Reinhard Heydrich in Conspiracy, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Warm Springs, as Major General Henning von Tresckow in Valkyrie, The Boat That Rocked, Wallander, My Week with Marilyn as Sir Laurence Olivier, as Royal Navy Commander Bolton in the action-thriller Dunkirk, he has directed such films as Dead Again, in which he starred, Swan Song, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein in which he starred, The Magic Flute, the blockbuster superhero film Thor, the action thriller Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit in which he co-stars, the live-action film Cinderella, the mystery drama adaptation of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express, in which he starred as Hercule Poirot.
He narrated the series Cold War, the BBC documentary miniseries Walking with Dinosaurs, Walking with Beasts and Walking with Monsters. Branagh has been nominated for five Academy Awards, five Golden Globe Awards, has won three BAFTAs, an Emmy Award, he was appointed a Knight Bachelor in the 2012 Birthday Honours and was knighted on 9 November 2012. He was made a Freeman of his native city of Belfast in January 2018. Branagh, the middle of three children, was born in Belfast, the son of working class Protestant parents Frances and William Branagh, a plumber and joiner who ran a company that specialised in fitting partitions and suspended ceilings, he was educated at Grove Primary School. At the age of nine, he moved with his family to Reading, England, to escape the Troubles, he was educated at Whiteknights Primary School and Meadway School, a local comprehensive in Tilehurst, where he appeared in school productions such as Toad of Toad Hall and Oh, What a Lovely War!. At school, he acquired Received Pronunciation to avoid bullying.
On his identity today he has said, "I feel Irish. I don't think you can take Belfast out of the boy", he attributes his "love of words" to his Irish heritage, he attended the amateur Reading Cine & Video Society as a member and was a keen member of Progress Theatre for whom he is now the patron. After disappointing A'levels results in English and Sociology, Branagh nonetheless went on to train at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. In 1980 the Principal of RADA, Hugh Cruttwell, asked Branagh to perform a soliloquy from Hamlet for Queen Elizabeth II, during one of her visits to the academy. Branagh achieved some early measure of success in his native Northern Ireland for his role as Billy, the title character in the BBC's Play for Today trilogy known as the Billy Plays, written by Graham Reid and set in Belfast, he received acclaim in the UK for his stage performances, first winning the 1982 SWET Award for Best Newcomer, for his role as Judd in Julian Mitchell's Another Country, after leaving RADA.
Branagh was part of the'new wave' of actors to emerge from the Academy. Others included Jonathan Pryce, Juliet Stevenson, Alan Rickman, Anton Lesser, Bruce Payne and Fiona Shaw. In 1984 he appeared in the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Henry V, directed by Adrian Noble; the production played to sold out audiences at the Barbican in the City of London. It was this production that he adapted for the film version of the play in 1989, he and David Parfitt founded the Renaissance Theatre Company in 1987, following success with several productions on the London'Fringe', including Branagh's full-scale production of Romeo and Juliet at the Lyric Studio, co-starring with Samantha Bond. The first major Renaissance production was Branagh's Christmas 1987 staging of Twelfth Night at Riverside Studios in Hammersmith, starring Richard Briers as Malvolio and Frances Barber as Viola, with an original score by actor and composer Patrick Doyle, who two years was to compose the music for Branagh's film adaptation of Henry V.
This Twelfth Night was adapted for television. Branagh became a major presence in the media and on the British stage when Renaissance collaborated with Birmingham Rep for a 1988 touring season of three Shakespeare plays under the umbrella title of Renaissance Shakespeare on the Road, which played a repertory season at the Phoenix Theatre in London, it featured directorial debuts for Judi Dench with Much Ado About Nothing, Geraldine McEwan with As You Like It, Derek Jacobi directing Branagh in the title role in Hamlet, with Sophie Thompson as Ophelia. Critic Milton Shulman of the London Evening Standard wrote: "On the positive side Branagh has the vitality of Olivier, the passion of Gielgud, the assurance of Guinness, to mention but three famous actors who
Sir Michael Caine, is an English actor and author. He has appeared in more than 130 films in a career spanning 70 years and is considered a British film icon. Known for his cockney accent, Caine was born in South London, where during his early childhood, he and his parents lived in a rented flat on Urlwin Street, in Camberwell, he made his breakthrough in the 1960s with starring roles in British films, including Zulu, The Ipcress File, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award, The Italian Job, Battle of Britain. His roles in the 1970s included Get Carter, The Last Valley, for which he earned his second Academy Award nomination, The Man Who Would Be King, A Bridge Too Far, he achieved some of his greatest critical success in the 1980s, with Educating Rita, earning him the BAFTA and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. In 1986, he received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Woody Allen's Hannah and Her Sisters. Caine played Ebenezer Scrooge in The Muppet Christmas Carol.
This was his first starring role in several years, which led to a career resurgence in the late 1990s, receiving his second Golden Globe Award for his performance in Little Voice in 1998, receiving his second Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for The Cider House Rules, the following year. Caine played Nigel Powers in the 2002 parody Austin Powers in Goldmember, Alfred Pennyworth in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy, he appeared in several other of Nolan's films, including The Prestige and Interstellar. He appeared in Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men and Matthew Vaughn's action comedy film Kingsman: The Secret Service; as of February 2017, films in which he has starred have grossed over $3.5 billion domestically, over $7.8 billion worldwide. Caine is ranked as the twentieth-highest-grossing box office star. Caine is one of only two actors nominated for an Academy Award for acting in every decade from the 1960s to the 2000s, the other one being Jack Nicholson. Caine appeared in seven films that featured in the British Film Institute's 100 greatest British films of the 20th century.
In 2000, Caine received a BAFTA Fellowship, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his contribution to cinema. Michael Caine was born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite on 14 March 1933 in St Olave's Hospital in Rotherhithe, London, his father, Maurice Joseph Micklewhite Sr. was a fish market porter, while his mother, Ellen Frances Marie Burchell, was a cook and charwoman. He was brought up in his mother's Protestant religion. Caine had an elder maternal half-brother named David William Burchell, a younger full brother, Stanley Micklewhite, he grew up in Southwark and during the Second World War, he was evacuated to North Runcton near King's Lynn in Norfolk where he had a pet carthorse called Lottie. After the war, his father was demobilised, the family were rehoused by the council in Marshall Gardens at the Elephant and Castle in a prefabricated house made in Canada, as much of London's housing stock had been damaged during the Blitz in 1940–1941: The prefabs, as they were known, were intended to be temporary homes while London was reconstructed, but we ended up living there for eighteen years and for us, after a cramped flat with an outside toilet, it was luxury.
In 1944, he passed his eleven-plus exam. After a year there he moved to Wilson's Grammar School in Camberwell, which he left at sixteen after gaining a School Certificate in six subjects, he worked as a filing clerk and messenger for a film company in Victoria Street and film producer Jay Lewis in Wardour Street. From 28 April 1952, when he was called up to do his national service until 1954, he served in the British Army's Royal Fusiliers, first at the BAOR HQ in Iserlohn, on active service during the Korean War, he had gone into Korea feeling sympathetic to communism, coming as he did from a poor family, but the experience left him permanently repelled. He experienced a situation where he knew he was going to die, the memory of which stayed with him and formed his character, he detailed the incident in The Elephant to Hollywood. Caine would like to see the return of national service to help combat youth violence, stating: "I'm just saying, put them in the Army for six months. You're there to learn.
You belong to the country. When you come out, you have a sense of belonging, rather than a sense of violence." Caine began his acting career at the age of 20 in Horsham, when he responded to an advertisement in The Stage for an assistant stage manager who would perform small walk-on parts for the Horsham-based Westminster Repertory Company who were performing at the Carfax Electric Theatre. Adopting the stage name "Michael Scott", in July 1953 he was cast as the drunkard Hindley in the Company's production of Wuthering Heights, he moved to the Lowestoft Repertory Company in Suffolk for a year when he was 21. It was here, he has described the first nine years of his career as "really brutal" as well as "more like purgatory than paradise". Whilst in Lowestoft rep at the Arcadia Theatre
Sir Ian Murray McKellen is an English actor. He is the recipient of six Laurence Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BIF Award, two Saturn Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, two Critics' Choice Awards, he has received two Oscar nominations, four BAFTA nominations and five Emmy Award nominations. McKellen's career spans genres ranging from Shakespearean and modern theatre to popular fantasy and science fiction; the BBC states that his "performances have guaranteed him a place in the canon of English stage and film actors". A recipient of every major theatrical award in the UK, McKellen is regarded as a British cultural icon, he started his professional career in 1961 at the Belgrade Theatre as a member of their regarded repertory company. In 1965, McKellen made his first West End appearance. In 1969, he was invited to join the Prospect Theatre Company to play the lead parts in Shakespeare's Richard II and Marlowe's Edward II, he established himself as one of the country's foremost classical actors.
In the 1970s, McKellen became a stalwart of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre of Great Britain. He achieved worldwide fame for his film roles, including the titular King in Richard III, James Whale in Gods and Monsters, Magneto in the X-Men films, Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. McKellen was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1979 Birthday Honours, was knighted in the 1991 New Year Honours for services to the performing arts, made a Companion of Honour for services to drama and to equality in the 2008 New Year Honours, he has been gay since 1988, continues to be a champion for LGBT social movements worldwide. He was awarded Freedom of the City of London in October 2014. McKellen was born on 25 May 1939 in Burnley, the son of Margery Lois and Denis Murray McKellen, a civil engineer, he was their second child, with a sister, five years his senior. Shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939, his family moved to Wigan.
They lived there until Ian was twelve years old, before relocating to Bolton in 1951, after his father had been promoted. The experience of living through the war as a young child had a lasting impact on him, he said that "only after peace resumed... did I realise that war wasn't normal." When an interviewer remarked that he seemed quite calm in the aftermath of 11 September attacks, McKellen said: "Well, you forget—I slept under a steel plate until I was four years old.". McKellen's father was a civil engineer and lay preacher, was of Protestant Irish and Scottish descent. Both of McKellen's grandfathers were preachers, his great-great-grandfather, James McKellen, was a "strict, evangelical Protestant minister" in Ballymena, County Antrim, his home environment was Christian, but non-orthodox. "My upbringing was of low nonconformist Christians who felt that you led the Christian life in part by behaving in a Christian manner to everybody you met." When he was 12, his mother died of breast cancer.
After his coming out as gay to his stepmother, Gladys McKellen, a member of the Religious Society of Friends, he said, "Not only was she not fazed, but as a member of a society which declared its indifference to people's sexuality years back, I think she was just glad for my sake that I wasn't lying anymore." His great-great-grandfather Robert J. Lowes was an activist and campaigner in the successful campaign for a Saturday half-holiday in Manchester, the forerunner to the modern five-day work week, thus making Lowes a "grandfather of the modern weekend". McKellen attended Bolton School, of which he is still a supporter, attending to talk to pupils. McKellen's acting career started at Bolton Little Theatre. An early fascination with the theatre was encouraged by his parents, who took him on a family outing to Peter Pan at the Opera House in Manchester when he was three; when he was nine, his main Christmas present was a fold-away wood and bakelite Victorian theatre from Pollocks Toy Theatres, with cardboard scenery and wires to push on the cut-outs of Cinderella and of Laurence Olivier's Hamlet.
His sister took him to his first Shakespeare play, Twelfth Night, by the amateurs of Wigan's Little Theatre, shortly followed by their Macbeth and Wigan High School for Girls' production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, with music by Mendelssohn, with the role of Bottom played by Jean McKellen, who continued to act and produce amateur theatre until her death. In 1958, McKellen, at the age of 18, won a scholarship to St Catharine's College, where he read English literature, he has since been made an Honorary Fellow of the College. While at Cambridge, McKellen was a member of the Marlowe Society, where he appeared in 23 plays over the course of 3 years. At that young age he was giving performances that have since become legendary such as his Justice Shallow in Henry IV alongside Trevor Nunn and Derek Jacobi and Doctor Faustus. During this period McKellen had been directed by Peter Hall, John Barton and Dadie Rylands, all of whom would have a huge impact on McKellen's future career. McKellen made his first professional appearance in 1961 at the Belgrade Theatre, as Roper in A Man for All Seasons, although an audio recording of the Marlowe Society's Cymbeline had gone on commercial sale as part of the Argo Shakespeare series.
After four years in regional repertory theatres he made his first West End appearance, in A Scent of Flowers, regarded as a "notable success". In 1965 he was a member of Laurence Ol