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Winston Rekert, R.I.P.

15 September 2012 2:26 PM, PDT | CapricaTV | See recent CapricaTV news »

Very sad news today.

Winston Rekert lost his battle with cancer yesterday. He was 63.

He played Obal Ferras in Caprica ("Unvanquished"). Before that, he appeared in a couple of episodes of Battlestar Galactica as the priest who swore in Baltar ("Lay Down Your Burdens, Pt. 2") and Roslin ("Collaborators") as presidents.

He is best known for starring in the Canadian shows Adderly (1986-87) and Neon Rider (1989-94), and for his theatre work in Vancouver.

Earlier this year, he received the Sam Payne Lifetime Achievement Award for his "accumulative outstanding body of work in the industry."

The Vancouver Sun has a great article about his life and work.

And this is from The Province:

Rekert, 63, is best known as the star of the B.C.-filmed Neon Rider TV series in the late 1980s and 1990s, for which he also did some writing, directing and producing. The Vancouver actor won Gemini awards »

- fanshawe

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Brendan Cowell on Save Your Legs and The Slap

20 March 2012 3:39 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

If anyone should be aware of the power of cricket to reveal the best and worst sides of human nature, it.s Brendan Cowell.

After all, Cowell wrote (and stars in) the upcoming cricket comedy Save Your Legs! (which was recently filming in India) as well as two episodes of Matchbox Pictures. The Slap, a fictional series exploring a traumatic chain of events ignited when an adult slaps a child during a backyard cricket game.

Although Cowell looks upon both writing experiences fondly, they couldn.t be further apart in terms of tone. Save Your Legs! tells the story of Edward Teddy Brown, who starts a cricket team with his two best mates to embark on a tour of India and recapture his childhood dreams. The story is especially relevant to Cowell, a thirtysomething cricket fan.

.You know the age that I.m in now. most folks are getting married »

- Andre Fenby

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'Dad was too much to compete with'

27 January 2012 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Ty Jeffries, son of actor Lionel Jeffries, tells Maureen Paton how he never revealed his sexuality to his father while he was alive. So what would Lionel have thought of his new drag act?

The look is Dusty Springfield with a towering blond beehive and seven pairs of false eyelashes stuck to the upper lids. The music pays witty homage to Noël Coward and other showbusiness greats in the lyrics and the spirit of 70s cabaret in its yearning torch-song melodies. Miss Hope Springs, a 6ft 2in "ex-Las Vegas showgirl", is the retro-glam, vaudevillian alter ego created by the pianist Ty Jeffries in order to sing his own compositions in theatres and clubs around the country. Although he comes from a performing background, with the occasional foray into drag over the last decade, he never did anything quite as flamboyant and fully realised as his ambitious trilogy of Miss Hope Springs »

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