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Ralph Fiennes’ Rudolf Nureyev drama sets cast, shoot, sales deal

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Ralph Fiennes’ Rudolf Nureyev drama sets cast, shoot, sales deal
Exclusive: Adèle Exarchopoulos and dancers Oleg Ivenko and Sergei Polunin will star in The White Crow; HanWay to handle world sales.

Blue Is The Warmest Colour star Adèle Exarchopoulos, Russian actress Chulpan Khamatova (Good Bye Lenin!) and dancers Sergei Polunin and Oleg Ivenko are to star in Ralph FiennesRudolf Nureyev drama The White Crow.

After an extensive search the production has settled on Russian dancer Ivenko to play iconic dancer Nureyev in the feature, which Fiennes will look to shoot on location in St Petersburg and Paris, including the iconic Mariinsky Theatre and the Palais Garnier, in summer 2017.

David Hare’s (The Hours) script, based on the biography Rudolf Nureyev: The Life by Julie Kavanagh, charts the iconic dancer’s famed defection from the Soviet Union to the West in 1961, despite Kgb efforts to stop him.

The script’s finale is set at Le Bourget airport in Paris and traces the dramatic day of the
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Ralph Fiennes’ Rudolf Nureyev biopic sets cast, shoot, sales deal

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Ralph Fiennes’ Rudolf Nureyev biopic sets cast, shoot, sales deal
Exclusive: Adèle Exarchopoulos and dancers Oleg Ivenko and Sergei Polunin will star in The White Crow; HanWay to handle world sales.

Blue Is The Warmest Colour star Adèle Exarchopoulos, Russian actress Chulpan Khamatova (Good Bye Lenin!) and dancers Sergei Polunin and Oleg Ivenko are to star in Ralph FiennesRudolf Nureyev biopic The White Crow.

After an extensive search the production has settled on Russian dancer Ivenko to play Nureyev in the feature, which Fiennes will look to shoot on location in St Petersburg and Paris, including the iconic Mariinsky Theatre and the Palais Garnier, in summer 2017.

David Hare’s (The Hours) script, based on the biography Rudolf Nureyev: The Life by Julie Kavanagh, charts the iconic dancer’s famed defection from the Soviet Union to the West in 1961, despite Kgb efforts to stop him.

The script’s finale is set at Le Bourget airport in Paris and traces the dramatic day of the defection.

The
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Exclusive clip for ‘Desert Dancer’: In cinemas April 22nd

Desert Dancer clip: Here’s an exclusive look at the upcoming film which arrives in cinemas on April 22nd.

To mark its release in cinemas from April 22nd, we have an exclusive Desert Dancer clip to share. The film is based on the incredible life story of Afshin Ghaffarian, who risked it all to fight for his dreams. Frieda Pinto, Reece Ritchie and Tom Cullen star in the film, which is directed by Richard Raymond.

Set in Iran, where it is forbidden to dance, Desert Dancer follows Afshin and his friends, who despite the dangers, form an underground dance company in a hidden basement. Through proxy servers the group hack the government firewalls into YouTube, where they learn from the very best – Michael Jackson, Pina Bausch, Gene Kelly and Rudolf Nureyev. Reveling in the freedom of expression that dance gives them, they set out to put on a performance deep in the desert,
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Ralph Fiennes Directing A New Drama

Ralph Fiennes Directing A New Drama
Current Empire Legend Ralph Fiennes’ directing career is ticking along nicely and the actor-turned-filmmaker already has his viewfinder-adjacent eye on a potential next film. It’s a knockabout teen sex farce that finds three best friends who... Sorry, that’s not really his style, is it? He’s attached to make a film about legendary Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev.The HoursDavid Hare – who also wrote The Reader, in which Fiennes appeared, is at work on the script for the director and his regular producing collaborator Gabrielle Tana. According to Screen International, it’s not a traditional cradle-to-grave biopic but instead will focus on a specific incident in the dancer’s life, who defected from the Soviet Union in 1961, evading the Kgb’s attempts to stop him. The team has the rights to Julie Kavangh’s biography Nureyev: The Life. His celebrated dance career saw him sharing the Royal
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Ralph Fiennes to direct Rudolf Nureyev drama

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Ralph Fiennes to direct Rudolf Nureyev drama
Exclusive: David Hare script to be produced by Philomena producer and BBC Films.

Ralph Fiennes is to direct a feature drama about iconic Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev.

The as-yet-untitled drama is being written by acclaimed British playwright and screenwriter David Hare, who collaborated with Fiennes on 2008 Oscar-winner The Reader, which was Hare’s last feature.

Philomena producer Gabrielle Tana – who previously collaborated with Fiennes on The Invisible Woman, Coriolanus and The Duchess - is on board to produce the feature, which is being developed with BBC Films and is set to be co-produced by former Pathe executive Francois Ivernel.

While plot details are being kept under wraps, the film is understood not to be a biopic but instead charts a specific incident in the life of the celebrated dancer who defected from the Soviet Union to the West in 1961, despite Kgb efforts to stop him.

The volatile former Royal Ballet star, whose stage partners
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David Farrell obituary

Photographer celebrated for his informal portraits of artists, actors and musicians

David Farrell, who has died aged 93, was known primarily for his photographic portraits of the most prominent artists, actors, authors and, particularly, musicians of his time. These ranged from classical performers such as Yehudi Menuhin, Ravi Shankar and Jacqueline du Pré to Louis Armstrong, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. He would take his portable darkroom with him to filming locations, where he photographed Albert Finney, Julie Christie, Laurence Olivier and Ralph Richardson, among others. His main body of work dates from the mid-1950s to the 1980s, by which time he was working primarily in cinema, but he continued with his photography well into the digital age.

Taking Henri Cartier-Bresson's "humanitarian" photography as his model, Farrell specialised in taking portraits in informal situations – he preferred to photograph artists at home or in the studio, rather than in
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David Farrell obituary

Photographer celebrated for his informal portraits of artists, actors and musicians

David Farrell, who has died aged 93, was known primarily for his photographic portraits of the most prominent artists, actors, authors and, particularly, musicians of his time. These ranged from classical performers such as Yehudi Menuhin, Ravi Shankar and Jacqueline du Pré to Louis Armstrong, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. He would take his portable darkroom with him to filming locations, where he photographed Albert Finney, Julie Christie, Laurence Olivier and Ralph Richardson, among others. His main body of work dates from the mid-1950s to the 1980s, by which time he was working primarily in cinema, but he continued with his photography well into the digital age.

Taking Henri Cartier-Bresson's "humanitarian" photography as his model, Farrell specialised in taking portraits in informal situations – he preferred to photograph artists at home or in the studio, rather than in
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Roland Petit obituary

Choreographer and dancer who created stunning roles for his wife, Zizi Jeanmaire

When Roland Petit's Les Ballets des Champs Elysées opened its first London season in 1946, the company brought to the British dance scene an explosion of chic and excitement which had long been missing. Not only was the standard of male dancing from Petit and his fellow dancer Jean Babilée better than anything for many years, the enthusiasm of the young company was a contrast to the restrained correctness of the Sadler's Wells dancers. Les Forains, a piece about a troupe of strolling entertainers, distinguished by beautiful decors and costumes by Christian Bérard, was the triumph of what the critic Richard Buckle described as "an evening of wonderful surprises".

Petit, who has died from leukaemia aged 87, was capable of tailoring a role so that it perfectly reflected the abilities of the dancer on whom it was made, often
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Margot and The Queen | TV review

The story may or may not be true, but Anne-Marie Duff's Margot was utterly believable, says Tim Dowling

At the beginning of Margot (BBC4), a cautionary caption read: "The following drama is based on real events, although some scenes are the invention of the writer. I didn't know much about the life of Dame Margot Fonteyn – not a thing, if I'm honest – so I was left wondering which bits were invented.

For instance: did she and Rudolf Nureyev actually have sex? This does not strike me as a mere detail; if you didn't include it, the drama would have been different to the point where you might not bother making it. Apparently he claimed they did, even though she always denied it, and I'm happy to accept that for the sake of argument it probably happened at least once – but it interrupts the flow of a drama when you
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Anne-Marie Duff Raises the Barre as 'Margot'

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The concluding part of the BBC Four drama series, 'Women We Loved' will see Irish actress Anne-Marie Duff (Nowhere Boy, The Magdalene Sisters) portraying the prima ballerina Margot Fonteyn. The 90 minute drama, produced by Mammoth Screen for BBC4, looks to bring to the screen the glamorous and turbulent life of Britain's foremost international ballet star, Dame Margot Fonteyn. Margot, who danced until she was 60 years of age, was born Peggy Hookham in Surrey in 1919 and this drama investigates her life thereafter complete with dysfunctional marriage, love affairs, arrests and her on-stage (and possible off-stage) partnership with Rudolf Nureyev, played by Michiel Huisman (The Young Victoia).
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School of Saatchi | Margot | The Queen | FlashForward | Watch this

School of Saatchi | Margot | The Queen | FlashForward

School of Saatchi

9pm, BBC2

Episode two of the Brit Art X Factor and, no messing about, it's time for the newly shortlisted hopefuls to get creative to order. Working in three teams, the six have to come up with public art to adorn sites on the seafront in Hastings. Big, bold and – Charles Saatchi's key word – "accessible" is the order of the day. The main problem? Aside from the fact that none of the artists has ever had to create impact pieces, their ideas are all, according to critic Matthew Collings, "potential disasters" in the making.

Margot

9pm, BBC4

In the early 1960s the ballerina Margot Fonteyn was in her 40s, and she was expected by many to retire, having conquered all the great parts and received countless accolades. However, the young dancer Rudolf Nureyev, recently defected from the Soviet Union, revitalised her career – despite,
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