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ON-STAGE CONVERSATION WITH COSTUME DESIGNER BARTHOLOMEW CARISS AND KINVARA BALFOUR
ABOUT HIS WORK ON CHURCHILL, FOLLOWED BY A SPECIAL PREVIEW OF THE FILM
At Soho Hotel, 15th June 2017
Bartholomew Cariss will reveal the inspirations and challenges of recreating the look of the iconic Churchill, his wife Clementine,
and other key characters
Churchill’s image is clearly set in everyone’s mind: whether he is wearing his
unforgettable three-piece suit, a top hat and a bow tie, or wearing the “siren suit” – a zipup
all-in-one suit of his own creation, the man is synonymous with wartime stories. The
Cuban cigar was normally included as he was well aware how his image could be
strengthened by smoking a similarly famous cigar.
Bartholemew Cariss, whose work as Assistant Costume Designer for TV series The Night
Manager will be well known to many, has made a phenomenal success of transforming
Brian Cox into the indomitable character by recreating Churchill’s iconic image. Amusing
and highly knowledgeable, Cariss will talk about his fascinating and extensive research
for these characters, the insights gained by working through reams of photographic
documentation, and the importance of getting all the highly detailed elements of the
dress of this era correctly represented – whether visible to the audience or not. Cariss will
also reveal how he worked closely with Brian Cox on the process to bring “Churchill” alive
again on the big screen.
Cariss will also delight the audience by giving exclusive insights into the journey through
fashion and costume with Miranda Richardson, to create both the public and private,
domestic persona of Mrs. Churchill in this extraordinary period in both their lives.
CHURCHILL will be released in UK cinemas by Lionsgate on June 16th.
dir. Jonathan Teplitzky, with Brian Cox, Miranda Richardson, John Slattery, Julian Wadham,
Richard Durden, Ella Purnell, James Purefoy | UK | 2017 | 98 mins | cert. PG | col
The film follows Britain’s iconic Prime Minister Winston Churchill in the days before the infamous D-Day landings in June 1944.
As allied forces stand on the south coast of Britain, poised to invade Nazi-occupied Europe, they await his decision on whether
the invasion will actually move ahead.
Fearful of repeating his mistakes from World War I on the beaches of Gallipoli, exhausted by years of war, plagued by depression
and obsessed with fulfilling historical greatness, Churchill is also faced with constant criticism from his political opponents;
General Eisenhower and Field MarshalMontgomery. Only the unflinching support of Churchill’s brilliant, unflappable wife Clementine
can halt the Prime Minister’s physical and mental collapse and help lead him to greatness.
Teplitzky’s film is gripping in its account of Churchill’s public and personal battles and the performances of the cast,
specially those of Brian Cox and of Miranda Richardson as Mr. and Mrs. Churchill, are simply wonderful.
Bartholomew Cariss began his career learning the ropes at Angels the Costumiers, where he gained invaluable knowledge
of period costume. He has spent the last eleven years building assisting credits, working as assistant costume designer
on films such as The Two Faces of January, Theory of Everything, and the award- winning television series The Night Manager.
He has been making the transition to costume designer over the last couple of years taking on film, television and commercial work.
Lady Kinvara Balfour
Kinvara Balfour is a director, producer, writer and speaker. Her work spans the worlds of fashion, tech, theatre and film.
She has advised and directed the launch of several major tech start-ups in UK and USA and speaks at conferences
around the world about fashion, tech and the zeitgeist. She has also written and performed in several plays.
She is currently developing a docu-series about creative visionaries and mavericks, filmed with the iPhone
and set to air online later this year.
As of 2014, Kinvara Balfour hosts Fashion in Conversation with Apple Inc., an exclusive series of interviews
with creative icons at the Apple store in London and New York which is available to an audience of over 900 million on iTunes.
EVENT BY : Fashion & Cinema
Fashion & Cinema is a series of events, on-stage conversations and screenings exploring the relationship between fashion and cinema.
Starting in 2012, events include : “Chanel & Film”,
with talks by Editor and author Justine Picardie; “Audrey Hepburn : The Creation of a Style Icon”,
which included screenings and a presentation by her son Luca Dotti of his book
Audrey in Rome; “Michael Kors on Icons of Style”, with screenings and an on-stage conversation
with Michael Kors and actresses Ali MacGraw, Kate Hudson and René Russo; a special preview
of the film Carol preceded by an on-stage interview of Oscar-winning Costume Designer Sandy Powell;
a celebration of the 50 years of Antonioni’s BLOWUP with Vanessa Redgrave on-stage
in conversation with Christie’s Philippe Garner. Regular venues are :
the Victoria and Albert Museum, Ham Yard Hotel, Regent Street Cinema, Ciné Lumière and BAFTA 195 Piccadilly.
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