Red Carpet

Berlinale Special highlights two World Premieres

Berlinale 2014 The Berlin International Film Festival is nearly upon us (Feb 6-16), unveiling an 18-strong line-up for its Berlinale Special strand, including nine World Premieres.

Two stand-out World Premiere's specially highlighted this year are A Long Way Down, starring Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul and Pierce Brosnan, and The Two Faces of January, the directorial debut of Drive screenwriter Hossein Amini starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac.

Having created the title sequences for both, we couldn't be any happier. And excited to see both films getting a great reception.

A Long Way Down and The Two Faces of January

A Long Way Down, is an adaptation of Nick Hornby’s bestseller about four people who meet on New Year’s Eve and form a surrogate family to help one another weather the difficulties of their lives. It stars Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul, Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette and Imogen Poots.

The Two Faces of January, is a con artist thriller from the director of Drive Hossein Amini, which stars Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Inside Llewyn Davis’ Oscar Isaac.

Half of a Yellow Sun Premiere's at TIFF

Half of a Yellow Sun at TIFF 2013

Yesterday saw the long awaited World Premiere of Biyi Bandele's 'Half of a Yellow Sun' at the Toronto International Film Festival. The first of 3 screenings took place at the Winter Garden Theatre and was well attended by both stars and crew for one of the most anticipated films of this year.

It was the first time ever for a Nigerian film to get a red-carpet screening at such a major event. British-born Nigerian actor Chiwetel Ejiofor (Inside Man, American Gangster) and Thandie Newton (Crash, The Pursuit of Happiness) lead the way down the carpet, along with other cast members Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls), John Boyega (Attack the Block) as well as Genevieve Nnaji and Onyeka Onwenu.

Based on the award winning novel by Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the film produced by Andrea Calderwood at Slate FIlms (Generation Kill, The Last King of Scotland) is screening again at Scotiabank 4 today and on Saturday.

We look forward to hearing some great reviews from the festival and the films world release in November.

Read our previous blog on the film and see the trailer here: http://richardmorrison.wordpress.com/2013/08/01/half-of-a-yellow-sun-official-trailer/

(Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images)

Face to Face with Mark Powell

Over the last 20 years Mark Powell has been recognised as one of the world’s most iconic and influential bespoke tailors of our time. Born in Poplar, east London, he has dressed countless of iconic celebrities such as George Clooney, Mick Jagger, David Bowie and Paul Weller from the worlds of film, television, music and sport. Instead of our normal quick chats at Bar Italia, Mark invited me around (not to buy a suit, more of a face to face catch up) to the shop located in Marshall Street, in the heart of Soho.

Along with me was actress Annabel Wright and together with Mark’s assistant Shivaun, the chatter revealed how busy Mark was and that he was always on the move.

Mark Powell with Richard Morrison

With the 65th Cannes Film Festival well underway the conversation swiftly focussed to fashion on the red carpet. Mark is no stranger to these events and has dressed many celebrities for the occasion. He told us that he had just tailored the suit for Sean Bean for the premier of 'Mirror Mirror: The Untold Adventures of Snow White', which was held at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles.

He expressed that he thought the Venice Film Festival was a more glamorous affair, adding, “I’ve dressed Naomi Campbell for events like this many times. The other day she was wearing a really beautiful dress I must say, she did look really good”.

Sean Bean with Lily Collins

The conversation then moved on “There’s some very good stuff coming up. In September I’m doing a load of stuff with Mitch Winehouse, who absolutely is a darling, darling, darling of a man and a proper Londoner“. He told us “Mitch is doing a big thing in New York, appearing on a whole load of shows like ‘Jay Leno’ dressed by me”. Mark is also going over there to do a big trunk show and will be attending the Amy Winehouse Inspiration Awards and Gala Dinner, held by the Amy Winehouse Foundation.

Mentioning that he also dresses Amy’s fiancé, film director mate Reg Traviss, who came to public attention in the UK in 2006 for the film ‘Joy Division’. “Reg is a really really talented guy and looks great in my stuff. He’s got the great big quiff, he’s a great guy”.

Mark Powell Martin Freeman and Paul Weller

We talked about Soho and the characters past and present seen about. Mark picked up on this and mentioned that he dresses his good friend Martin Freeman, who was currently away in New Zealand filming Peter Jackson’s new film ‘The Hobbit’. He told us of how Martin was always in Bar Italia and often popped into to see him at the shop for a chat. “He said the other day he was missing Soho and me. The film is going to be major for him. He’s a lovely fella”. In an interview with the Mail Online Martin commented “I love all that ‘Ray Davies circa 1966’ style – sort of English dandy. And I love the cut of Soho tailor Mark Powell’s suits. Being a mod is about attention to detail and a love for clothes. Mark and I meet on that level and he knows my taste.”

Mark is next due to re-launch his website in the next couple of weeks. “We are very excited about this and it’s looking really good so far. Richard Wilding at Wilding & Friends is doing the site for us. It’s what he does as well as being a photographer. It should be great when done and we hope our customers will like this too”.

65th Cannes Film Festival

The red carpet gets rolled out again for the 65th time for Cannes Film Festival. This years is set for another hedonistic two weeks with probably too much Rosé. Soho is now official empty with many escaping the constant pouring of rain to soak up the mediterranean sun. Now's the time to book a table at Soho House! It doesn't look like much for the English to shout about this year accordingly to what is in competition for the Palme d'Or (Golden Palm).

However, the 'Welcome to the Punch' boys Rory Aitken and Ben Pugh will be flying the flag and giving a big push for their new feature film. Good luck boys!

I will be keeping a look out for any hot news of the week.

Cannes Film Festival 2012