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Dickie Attenborough & Craig David Triumph At Emmas

27 April 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Film director Lord Richard Attenborough has been honoured for his contribution to the fight against racism at the star-studded Emma Awards. The Bt Ethnic Multicultural Media Awards (Emmas), held at London's Grosvenor House Hotel, celebrate the efforts of people in the media who promote cultural awareness. Lord Attenborough, formerly Richard Attenborough, was given the Lifetime Achievement Award for his anti-racism campaigning which included his 1987 film Cry Freedom, which brought the horrors of apartheid in South Africa to the world's attention. He also directed the 1982 classic Gandhi, starring Ben Kingsley. The event was hosted by comedians Richard Blackwood and Nina Wadia, who were both up for awards. Comedy show "Goodness Gracious Me", in which Wadia appears, picked up Best TV Entertainment production. Another of its stars, author and comedian Meera Syal, walked away with media personality of the year. Craig David, who controversially missed out on a Brit Award earlier this year , scooped the Best Music Act. In the public figure section, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan won public figure of the year while best sporting personality was awarded to tennis ace Venus Williams. The acting world had a clutch of awards dedicated to it with Ally McBeal star Lucy Liu winning Best TV Actress and Michelle Yeoh gaining Best Film Actress for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The awards for the men went to Eddie Murphy for Nutty Professor 2: The Klumps and Felix Dexter for "The Prince Of Dalston." »

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Ben Kingsley Watches Otto Frank Footage

8 March 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Ben Kingsley is learning everything he can about Anne Frank's father Otto Frank so he can play him in a new TV mini series. It is not the Oscar winner Kingsley's first brush with the Second World War. He starred in Steven Spielberg's holocaust movie Schindler's List. Otto Frank was the only member of his family to survive the Nazi concentration camps - Anne died in March 1945 in Auschwitz. The TV series - entitled Anne Frank - tells the story of the Frank family both during and after the time they leave the secret annex in Amsterdam and Kingsley spent a lot of time watching footage of the real Otto Frank who lived to 91, an experience he described as "like gold for me." Despite finding the filming rather harrowing in places, Kingsley has emerged with a huge respect for 14-year-old actress Hannah Taylor-Gordon who stars as Anne. He says, "She is an extraordinary actress. She was very brave." »

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Ben Kingsley & Brenda Blethyn In Anne Frank Series

22 February 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Ben Kingsley and Brenda Blethyn are set to star in a new version of The Diary Of Anne Frank. The mini-series is being made by ABC and is currently on location in Prague. It stars 13-year-old British actress Hannah Taylor Gordon as Anne. Ben Kingsley plays Anne's father and Brenda Blethyn has been cast as Auguste Van Pels, who is hiding in the Franks' shelter along with her husband. Kinsley says of his co-star, "Hannah is the best leading lady I have ever had in my career. She is perfect as the voice for this beautiful and terrible story. She works intuitively, she is extremely intelligent, and you see her character evolving as the camera is turning. My performance is entirely dependent on being alert to her." »

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