Page 3 Profile: Danny Boyle, Director, Opening Ceremony
The low-down on today's newsworthy names
Friday 27 July 2012
No pressure then ...
Tonight, billions of people around the world will watch Boyle's Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. Get it right, and the Oscar-winning director of Slumdog Millionaire will be hailed as one of Britain's greatest visionaries. Get it wrong, and he'll face a lifetime of ridicule. The task might not be so daunting were it not for the incredible (and frankly, terrifying) opener to the Beijing Games put on by Zhang Yimou in 2008. But whereas Yimou had £65m to play with, Boyle's budget is a trifling £27m.
Is that enough?
Hope so. The few details unveiled so far suggest it will be a quaint journey through a rural idyll. Boyle revealed a few more snippets to America's Today programme. The Queen is a "key part", and characters from British literature such as Cruella de Vil and Peter Pan will also appear.
There's also a personal resonance for Boyle. His father died last year, and today would have been his 91st birthday. But not even members of the director's family have been told what's going to happen. "I have absolutely no idea what to expect because he hasn't told us," his twin sister Maria told the Manchester Evening News.
Life & Style blogs
Husband creates spreadsheet detailing wife's 'excuses' for turning down sex
Zebra meat: Exotic and lean - but does it taste good?
Why do we have blood types?
Xiaomi Mi4: 'Chinese Apple' launches flagship mobile to challenge iPhone
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Vladimir Putin is given 'one last chance' to end hostilities in Ukraine
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering
Arizona execution lasts two hours as killer Joseph Wood left 'snorting and gasping' for air
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Massive rise in sale of British arms to Russia
- 1 I was a Woman Against Feminism too
- 2 Fifty Shades of Grey movie trailer released: First look at Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey
- 3 Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic?
- 4 Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda
- 5 The Tory donor whose firm is one of Britain’s biggest tax avoiders - with HMRC's blessing
£30000 - £38500 Per Annum + 25 days holiday, pension, subsidised restaurant: C...
£34000 - £37000 Per Annum + excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Lt...
£40000 - £45000 per annum + Pension, Holiday, Flexi-time: Progressive Recruitm...
£280 - £320 per day: Progressive Recruitment: C#, WinForms, Desktop Developmen...