Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Christopher Eccleston backs Greater Manchester Film Festival.

Award winning actor Christopher Eccleston has lent his weight to the upcoming Greater Manchester Film Festival.

Eccleston's illustrious career has spanned stage and screen, with film credits including Shallow Grave, Gone in 60 Seconds and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. He has also been cast to play a lead character in the upcoming Marvel superhero film Thor: The Dark World.
"I'm proud to be a part of The Greater Manchester Film Festival, a great event for the city and the industry, may it grow and grow" said Eccleston, adding that "...the festival has a really special programme, with some unique and exciting things being shown. It will be a great few days in the city."
Watch our preview on all the top sights and sounds of GMFF with Festival Director Simon Powell
Born in Pendleton, Eccleston has a life-long link to the region.
"The North West is a really special place," said Eccleston. "I was born and raised in Salford, in a very normal family environment. I never thought then that I be where I am now, but I followed my passion and took advantage of every opportunity to act and engage in the industry"
Christopher Eccleston's journey into acting wasn't smooth. After graduating he worked in a supermarket, on a building site and as an artist's model - all the while pushing hard to follow his dream. He is a strong believer in encouraging young people to enter the industry.
"It's so important that we inspire the next generation into the creative industries," said Eccleston, "there are incredible opportunities in fields ranging from film, TV and radio to gaming and more."
"We're humbled by the support we've received from many of the UK's most successful and talented people" says Simon Powell, Festival Director.
"Christopher's journey mirrors that which many go through as they follow their dreams of getting into film, TV and stage. We hope that his association with the festival will inspire many more people to follow his footsteps and achieve amazing things."
Interview with Christopher Eccleston
For more information on the festival visit GMFF
The first Greater Manchester Film Festival runs at MediacityUK and the Odeon Printworks in Manchester from 5th-7th October 2012.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Pop Culture Safari!: New book: The John Lennon Letters - plus audio ver...

New book: The John Lennon Letters - plus audio version narrated by Christopher Eccleston.
Out Oct. 9 in celebration of Lennon's 72nd birthday, "The John Lennon Letters" was compiled by Hunter Davies, author of the Beatles' authorized biography back in 1967.
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John Lennon was a writer as well as a musician. It was entirely natural for him to put pen to paper whenever he had an idea, a thought, a reaction or a desire to communicate.

He lived - and died - in an age before emails and texts. Pen and ink was what he turned to. John wrote letters and postcards all of his life; to his friends, family, strangers, newspapers, organisations, lawyers and the laundry - most of which were funny, informative, campaigning, wise, mad, poetic, anguished and sometimes heartbreaking. For the first time, John's widow, Yoko Ono, has given permission to publish a collection of his letters. The Editor is the Beatles' official biographer, Hunter Davies, who knew John well.

John's letters are in a way something of a mystery - where are they all? Over the years many have come up at auction, then sold to dealers and collectors. Or they have been kept by the recipients, locked up safely. It has been a wonderful piece of detective work tracing many of these 250 letters, postcards and notes, which are arranged in chronological order, so that a narrative builds up, reflecting John's life. It will be visual - in a sense that many of the letters are reproduced as they were, in his handwriting or typing, plus the odd cartoon or doodle. THE JOHN LENNON LETTERS is fundamentally a book to read and study, providing a unique insight into the mind of one of the great figures of our times.
 The audio version features a recorded introduction by Yoko Ono and is narrated by former "Doctor Who" actor Christopher Eccleston.

Chris interview from 2011.

I’ve just uploaded an interview with Chris from “Time Out/London” magazine, dated 3rd-9th June 2011 to my website, it can be found on the ‘Interviews’ page & is entitled ‘Lennon Reimagined.’