BERLIN (Reuters) – The Berlin film festival, which last year set Iranian drama “A Separation” on the path to global fame, has selected an edgier line-up than normal in 2012 with several up-and-coming directors in the main competition.
The risk of showcasing unproven talent this year would be worth it if it helped Berlin shake off a reputation for being more conservative in its programming than rival film festivals, critics said.
LONDON (Reuters) – Prince Charles led global celebrations on Tuesday marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens, a titan of English literature whose vivid stories confronted the injustices of Victorian life.
Britain’s heir-to-the-throne visited the Charles Dickens Museum in London where U.S. actress Gillian Anderson, who played Miss Havisham in a BBC adaptation of “Great Expectations,” read from the novelist’s work.
LONDON (Reuters) – Christie’s on Tuesday kicked off a fortnight of major London art sales with a bang, hitting or exceeding the most optimistic pre-sale expectations and extending 2011′s record-breaking run into the new year.
At its impressionist and modern evening sale, the world’s largest auctioneer sold works worth 97.8 million pounds ($155 million), which was toward the top end of estimates.
LONDON (Reuters) – Prince Charles leads global celebrations on Tuesday marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens, one of English literature’s most revered novelists who wrote “Bleak House” and “A Tale of Two Cities”.
Britain’s heir-to-the-throne visits the Charles Dickens Museum in London where U.S. actress Gillian Anderson, who played Miss Havisham in a BBC adaptation of “Great Expectations”, will read from the novelist’s work.
LONDON, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Among the standout images at
an exhibition of portraits of Queen Elizabeth taken by society
photographer Cecil Beaton is a picture of the monarch carrying
her eldest son Charles on her shoulders.
The moment of light-hearted intimacy taken in the 1950s was
the kind of picture the royal family wanted the public to see,
and Beaton was instrumental in shaping the monarchy’s image for
nearly three decades.
LONDON (Reuters) – Auction houses pinching themselves after bumper 2011 sales are now turning their attention to 2012, amid cautious optimism that the two-year bull run for top works of art will continue.
Sotheby’s and Christie’s, the world’s leading auctioneers, hold a series of big sales in London over the next two weeks at which the old rivals expect to raise more than 500 million pounds ($800 million).
LONDON (Reuters) – Queen Elizabeth is throwing a star-studded party for him at Buckingham Palace and in Buenos Aires, leading cultural figures will gather in an old orphanage to read from his works.
Charles Dickens may have died in 1870, but legions of fans around the world unite next Tuesday and beyond to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of a titan of English fiction.
LONDON (Reuters) – Christie’s shrugged off the euro zone crisis and slowing economic growth in 2011 to post record revenues, selling art worth 3.6 billion pounds, or nine percent more than in 2010.
In dollar terms the total of $5.7 billion was not a record but was 14 percent higher than 2010, as wealthy and super-wealthy collectors snapped up rare works as status symbols, objects of desire and alternative investments.
LONDON (Reuters) – A theatre in east London is staging new play “Guantanamo Boy” this week, focusing on the U.S. detention camp as it marks it 10th anniversary and engaging local Muslims in political debate.
The production, based on a 2009 novel of the same name by Anna Perera, opens on Tuesday at Stratford Circus, located in an area of the capital with a large Muslim population.
LONDON (Reuters) – Danny Boyle, the man overseeing the opening ceremony at the 2012 London Olympics, revealed on Friday that it will be called “Isles of Wonder” and involve a big bell and lots of nurses.
The latter was a tribute to the National Health Service, a public organisation the film director said Britons took particular pride in, while the title came from arguably the greatest of all playwrights, William Shakespeare.