Christopher Reeve

Today marks the 16th anniversary of Christopher Reeve’s death. We honor him with a clip from the movie “The remains of the day”, shot two years before Reeve’s accident.

“I have to say this: you are, all of you, amateurs and International affairs should never be run by gentlemen amateurs. Do you have an idea of what sort of a place the world is becoming all around you?”.

Sophie Thompson

Let’s get to know Sophie, Emma’s younger sister.

Sophie Thompson is best known for characterful roles in theatre and on screen. She started on Four weddings and a funeral, Persuasion, Emma, Eat pray love, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and so on.

She said she was a shy girl but having grown up with theatre she realized that that was her true calling.

“My family has an innate sense of joy and absurdity about being alive and having the opportunity to enjoy this world that we are in” she affirmed.

Away from acting, Sophie and Emma broke a court injunction while filming a baking competition on a fracking site, protesting with some Greenpeace activists and peacefully occupying the land, despite demonstrators being banned from that place.

The two sisters are very close and have never been in competition.

I hope someday they make a movie together, that would be great!

Learn English with Gill

I’d like to introduce you to a very interesting youtube channel where you can learn English thanks to Gill’s lessons. Gill is an amazing teacher, she is nice and professional and she explains very clearly and thanks to her you can learn the right pronunciation of British English.

I had studied English at school and university but I have to admit that I could perfect my pronunciation by watching the videos of Emma Thompson, whose pronunciation is simply perfect.

Gill’s lessons instead help me refresh my memory on grammar.

If you are not a native English speaker and want to follow the interviews with Emma without subtitles, hurry to learn English!

Learn English with Gill
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TIFF Tribute Actor award

Congrats to the wonderful Anthony Hopkins who received the TIFF Tribute Actor awards.

Anthony Hopkins

The gala was held virtually due to COVID-19.

This award is yours,” Hopkins told first responders and front-line workers. He stars in The Father, a drama film directed by Florian Zeller in which he plays an old man who is losing his mind. The film also stars Olivia Colman, playing Anthony ‘s daugther who has to face her father’s mental deterioration.

Anthony Hopkins is astonishing. In a recent interview, when Emma was asked why it’s so good to act with Hopkins, she answered “He watches and listens and he’s completely without defenses or any internal systems that might get in the way. He’s not protecting himself. You know that you can do anything and what will come back from him has nothing to do with the actor and everything to do with the part. He’s remarkable in that way”.

For me Hopkins/Thompson remains the most close-knit couple of the cinema.

The father starring Anthony Hopkins

Kate Winslet regrets over working with Allen and Polanski

Kate Winslet, who appeared in Polanski’s Carnage in 2011 and in Allen’s Wonder Wheel in 2017, in a Vanity Fair interview admitted “I have to take responsibility for the fact that I worked with them both. I can’t turn back the clock. It’s like, what the fuck was I doing working with Woody Allen and Roman Polanski? It’s unbelievable to me now how those men were held in such high regard, so widely in the film industry and for as long as they were. It’s fucking disgraceful”.

She is struggling with regrets over working with Allen and Polanski, both accused of sexual misconduct with minors.

Kate was Emma’s partner in the movie Sense and sensibility in which they played the roles of two sisters.

Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet

The cry of nature

Yesterday the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Living Planet Report 2020 sounds the alarm for global biodiversity, showing an average 68% decline in animal population sizes tracked over 46 years (1970-2016).

It reports that this catastrophic decline is largely due to the environmental destruction caused by humans.

Living planet report 2020

Emma Thompson – climate change

We can no longer ignore this alarm cry from nature, we must take responsibility for the environment and the animals that are threatened with extinction because of our irresponsible behaviour!

Emma Thompson has always been sensitive to environmental issues, she is a Greenpeace and Extinction Rebellion activist and in 2015 she participated in the official campaign video to inspire people with the message to act and use their power to change climate change.

Tilda Swinton honored by the Venice Film Festival

Tilda Swinton – Golden Lion

British actor Tilda Swinton has been honored by the 2020 Venice Film Festival with Golden Lion for career achievement.

During her acceptance speech the actress referred to Venice as “the most venerable and majestic film festival on Earth” and then she said “It’s so great to see those cruise ships gone” referring to the battle of the environmentalists against the passage of the polluting great ships in the lagoon of Venice.

Tilda Swinton against cruise ships in Venice

Unexpectedly the Rai Tv censored this part of the speech not including it in the Italian subtitles, but I’m convinced that she decided to say it at the last moment, therefore the direction was not in possession of that part of the speech.

Some things are good to keep hidden to the last to avoid that someone prevents us from expressing our point of view on a very important issue.

Tilda Swinton and Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson, who recently became citizen of Venice, has always fought against the shameful income of cruise ships in Venice.

Emma speaks Italian

Emma speaks Italian against the cruise ships in Venice.

“Sto con i cittadini di Venezia perché il ritorno delle maxi navi è impensabile”.

“I’m with the citizens of Venice because the return of the maxi ships is unthinkable”.