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Kate Winslet Stunned By Response To Hat Project

Kate Winslet Stunned By Response To Hat Project
Kate Winslet was "amazed" when her celebrity pals including George Clooney, Ben Stiller and Meryl Streep agreed to pose for photos in a battered old hat in aid of her autism charity.

The Titanic actress set up her Golden Hat Foundation after narrating 2009 documentary A Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism, and last year she came up with a unique way of raising its profile.

Winslet invited her A-list pals including Jude Law, Christina Aguilera and Demi Moore to don her beloved trilby for a photobook - and she was stunned at the positive response from her Hollywood friends.

She tells Marie Claire magazine, "So I came up with this idea... to send my favourite beaten-up trilby to as many well-known people as I could track down and ask them to photograph themselves wearing it. I would then make a book of self-portraits... Amazingly, nearly every person I asked said yes."

Winslet To Pen Book For Autism Awareness

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Winslet To Pen Book For Autism Awareness
Actress Kate Winslet has stepped up her campaign to raise awareness about autism by creating a star-studded new photo book.

After narrating the documentary A Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism - about an Icelandic woman's fight to find a way for her autistic son to communicate - the Titanic star established The Golden Hat Foundation, which offers speech training to those who live with the disease.

Now, Winslet is stepping up her dedication to the cause and writing a book called The Golden Hat, which pays homage to a poem her friend's autistic son wrote.

The book will include celebrity snapshots of stars like Meryl Streep and Javier Bardem wearing hats and it will hit stores in November.

Kate Winslet launches autism charity

Kate Winslet launches autism charity
Actress Kate Winslet has opened a charity to help people suffering from autism after an emotional conversation with her daughter.The Titanic star recently narrated a documentary - A Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism - about an Icelandic woman's fight to find a way for her autistic son to communicate.The actress watched the film with her daughter Mia and and the nine-year-old's questions about the documentary prompted Winslet to establish The Golden Hat Foundation, which will offer speech training to those who live with the condition."After watching the film A Mother's Courage with my daughter, one ...
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Kate Winslet Sets Up Autism Charity

Actress Kate Winslet has founded an autism charity after an emotional conversation with her daughter about the condition. The "Titanic" star recently narrated a documentary, "A Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism", about an Icelandic woman's fight to find a way for her autistic son to communicate.

The actress watched the film with her daughter, Mia - and the nine year old's questions about the documentary prompted Winslet to establish The Golden Hat Foundation, which will offer speech training to those who live with the condition.

She says, "After watching the film A Mother's Courage with my daughter one day, she turned to me and asked, 'What if I wasn't able to talk to you mummy?' As I thought about what that meant, for a mother not to be able to talk with her own child, I realized that I had to lend my voice to raise awareness of this rapidly increasing disorder.
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Winslet Launches Autism Charity

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Winslet Launches Autism Charity
Actress Kate Winslet has founded an autism charity after an emotional conversation with her daughter about the condition.

The Titanic star recently narrated a documentary, A Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism, about an Icelandic woman's fight to find a way for her autistic son to communicate.

The actress watched the film with her daughter, Mia - and the nine year old's questions about the documentary prompted Winslet to establish The Golden Hat Foundation, which will offer speech training to those who live with the condition.

She says, "After watching the film A Mother's Courage with my daughter one day, she turned to me and asked, 'What if I wasn't able to talk to you mummy?'

"As I thought about what that meant, for a mother not to be able to talk with her own child, I realised that I had to lend my voice to raise awareness of this rapidly increasing disorder."

Confessions of a Documentary Addict: From Peter Gabriel to Egg Donors

Confessions of a Documentary Addict:  From Peter Gabriel to Egg Donors
Every year when I come back from the Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, it is like coming off a drug. You mean, I can't wake up and choose from a hundred thrilling films on any topic that catches my fancy? From a peek at the radical politics behind Peter Gabriel's lyrics (I used to just hum along in the car) to finding out exactly how one recognizes the reincarnation of a Tibetan Master (does the two year old recognize his former incarnation's beaded necklace?), documentaries respond to an intense craving to get the scoop behind the sound bites. Curious about what autism really is? Fridik Thor Fridriksson's impressive A Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism follows an anguished mother in her global search to meet top researchers in the field, so not only do we...
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HBO Lets 'Sunshine Boy' Pour In

No stranger for grabbing docu films to fill their cable television slate, Icelandcinemanow.com reports that HBO have grabbed Fridrik Thor Fridriksson’s documentary The Sunshine Boy for an eventual April 2nd release expanding into major cities. - No stranger for grabbing docu films to fill their cable television slate, Icelandcinemanow.com reports that HBO have grabbed Fridrik Thor Fridriksson’s documentary The Sunshine Boy for an eventual April 2nd release expanding into major cities. Having made its world preem at Tiff last September and receiving some good buzz, the doc film narrated by Kate Winslet and celandic singer Björk and the Icelandic band Sigur Ros offered their support in terms of score for a first-person account by producer Margret Dagmar Ericsdottir and her passionate quest to understand her severely autistic son Keli. With a poet's delicate touch Fridriksson explores the entire spectrum of autism, while
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Winslet To Narrate Autism Documentary

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Winslet To Narrate Autism Documentary
Oscar-winner Kate Winslet has signed up to narrate a heartbreaking new documentary about an Icelandic mother trying to come to terms with her son's autism.

The actress was compelled to be a part of director Fridrik Thor Fridriksson's The Sunshine Boy after watching footage he sent her.

The film chronicles film producer Margret Dagmar Ericsdottir as she struggles to understand her severely autistic son Keli.

The star of the film says, "I am delighted and honoured that Kate agreed to do the narration. Her contribution plays an instrumental role in increasing awareness for autism, which many claim is the world's fastest-growing epidemic."

The Sunshine Boy is expected to receive rave reviews when it debuts as part of the Real to Reel section of the Toronto International Film Festival on 12 September. It features musical contributions from Icelandic stars Bjork and Sigur Ros.

Kate Winslet Narrates New Doc By Icelandic Helmer Fridriksson

Academy Award-winning actress Kate Winslet has come on board of The Sunshine Boy, the Toronto-bound documentary about autism by the Icelandic director Fridrik Thor Fridriksson (Academy Award nominated for Children Of Nature). Winslet has committed to do the narration of the film, which is a first-person account by Frontier Filmworks producer Margret Dagmar Ericsdottir of her passionate quest to understand her severely autistic son Keli (11). With a poet’s delicate touch Fridriksson explores the entire spectrum of autism, while not losing sight of Margret’s mission as she meets with the world’s leading experts on the disease. They end up in [...]
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Kate Winslet to narrate autism film

Kate Winslet to narrate autism film
Berlin -- Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet has signed on to do the English narration on "The Sunshine Boy," a documentary exploring autism by famed Icelandic director Fridrik Thor Fridriksson.

The film follows the attempt by film producer Margret Dagmar Ericsdottir to understand her severely autistic son Keli, a journey that eventually leads her halfway across the world to Austin, Texas and to famed autism therapist Soma Mukhophadhyay.

"The Sunshine Boy," which bowed in Iceland in January, will have its international premiere in the Reel to Reel sidebar of the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

Fridriksson received an Oscar nomination for his 1991 senior citizens' drama.
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Ahead of Time, Stolen and The Sunshine Boy Among Five Added Titles to Tiff

  • With so much to see and do at Tiff, the five doc titles added to Tiff's Real to Reel section only reminds me that I'll probably leave the festival with that feeling of having "missed out." Word to publicists: keep your screeners handy. Among the five named below, Guo Xiaolu will come to Toronto with a current look on the fascinating country in transition (Once Upon a Time Proletarian: 12 Tales of a Country) and with the buzz of having just won the Golden Leopard Grand Prize at the Locarno International Film Festival for She, A Chinese. Here are the added five. Ahead of Time Robert RichmanBob Richman
[/link], USA World Premiere This directorial debut from acclaimed cinematographer Bob Richman (The September Issue, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster) creates a vivid portrait of Ruth Gruber. From the time she became the world’s youngest Ph.D. in 1931 at age 20 to her pivotal
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Guo Xiaolu doc booked for Toronto

Guo Xiaolu doc booked for Toronto
Toronto -- A day after his documentary "She, a Chinese" picked up the Golden Leopard award at Locarno, the Toronto International Film Festival booked Guo Xiaolu's "Once Upon a Time Proletarian: 12 Tales of a Country" for a North American premiere.

The Chinese novelist-director's portrait of intersecting lives in post-Marxist contemporary China will unspool as part of Toronto's Real to Reel sidebar.

"She, a Chinese," Guo's English- and Chinese-language drama about a young girl's uneasy transition from a sleepy village to the nearest town, was earlier booked for Toronto.

Tiff on Tuesday also added to its September lineup documentaries on Disney animation's 1990s rebirth, Holocaust rescuer Ruth Gruber and stranded Algerian refugees.

Veteran Disney producer Don Hahn will receive a world premiere for "Waking Sleeping Beauty," an inside look at how Walt Disney animation produced a string of hits from "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" to "Aladdin" and "The Lion King."

The
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