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Wednesday 19 March 2008
Anthony Minghella, the film director whose work included The English Patient and Truly, Madly, Deeply, died yesterday, aged 54, after suffering a haemorrhage at Charing Cross Hospital in London following an operation last week for a growth in his neck.
Tuesday 18 March 2008
The film debut of director and screenplay writer Anthony Minghella - who won the best director Oscar for The English Patient in 1997 - could not have been better.
Tuesday 18 March 2008
Oscar-winning film director Anthony Minghella died today at the age of 54. He suffered complications following surgery last week for cancer of the tonsils and neck, his agent said.
Friday 07 March 2008
* The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency will reach our television screens at Easter, and last week the Scottish book trade had a preview of Anthony Minghella's drama, featuring Jill Scott as Mma Ramotswe. Author Alexander McCall Smith revealed that some of the proceeds from sales of 15 million copies of his series will support Botswana's first opera house. The 60-seater theatre will be on the site of a former garage which features in the film as Speedy Motors, where Mma's great admirer, JLB Matekoni, plies his trade. Meanwhile, McCall Smith's own opera, Dream Angus, has just been premiered. He wrote the libretto, Stephen Deazley the music. Others in the series of short works for Scottish Opera include Gesualdo, which teams Ian Rankin with Craig Armstrong in a story of renaissance murder, and The King's Conjecture by Bernard MacLaverty and Gareth Williams.
Saturday 16 February 2008
The former BBC director general Greg Dyke has been chosen to succeed Anthony Minghella as the chairman of the British Film Institute.
Sunday 10 February 2008
Monday 28 January 2008
As the creator of a silent film picturing nothing but David Beckham sleeping and another work consisting of a musician playing an invisible cello, the Turner Prize-nominated artist Sam Taylor-Wood may not be an obvious choice as director of a full-length movie based on a novel heavy on dialogue and gut-wrenching tragedy.
Saturday 19 January 2008
Cultural censorship is like a disease. It moves among us unseen. Let me show you how it works. Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth gave Cate Blanchett a unique moment to recreate the Virgin Queen in his 1998 film. But the sequel, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, is a clunker because – in the one vital scene where Elizabeth demonstrates to her soldiers that she is among them as their fighting sovereign – when she addresses her troops at Tilbury before the expected arrival of the Spanish Armada in 1588, her most famous statement, learned by every schoolboy in Britain, has been ruthlessly expunged.
Monday 14 January 2008
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Friday 19 December 2003
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
Green Party Caroline Lucas interview: 'We could be on the edge of something very big'
- 1 Lego letter from the 1970s still offers a powerful message to parents 40 years later
- 3 Naked free runner captured in breathtaking photographs above London's streets
- 4 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
- 5 Grayson Perry: London needs affordable housing because 'rich people don't create culture'