Sunday, 25 January 2015

TV - What I'm Looking Forward to in 2015 | Film & Producing

Hello! So I'm quite clearly TV obsessed, and quite unashamedly so. This year sees the return of some of my favourite shows, the conclusion of others and some brand new shows that have piqued my interest. I've tried to trim it down a little, but obviously as we've discussed, I'm obsessed. Anyway, on with the list!

RETURNING

The Good Wife - January

The Good Wife is back after its Christmas break! Season 6 has been pretty intense 
so far, can't wait to see where the writers are going to take it over the rest of this season.
Continued...

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Wednesday, 14 January 2015

My Week #3 | Film and Producing

Hello! So the title of this is just a complete an utter lie, I'ma tell you that now. By "My Week" I mean my month, but for the sake of consistency (see My Week #1 and My Week #2) I thought I'd lie through my teeth in the title. So sue me. Anyway, this was all from late last year so you may have seen one or two of them in my 2014 Year wrap up. On with the photographs!

I was interviewed by my friend for her YouTube channel The Uhura Zulu Show where she interviews people about their careers. We chatted about my work as a film producer, what I had planned for the next year and a little about this blog! It's not live yet but check out a similar print interview I did over on the lovely Daisy's blog, Pretty Green Tea!


You know when you just desperately need a Mexican feast and nothing else will do? That.

This stuff is the best! Miracle Matcha's White tea matcha latte, made with soy milk and a little syrup and sprinkling of cinnamon - YUM!

Getting ready for the premiere of the feature film I produced, The Journey. Definitely should not have left the dress decision to the last minute! Went with the sequined number that I picked up from Topshop ages ago!



The premiere was an absolutely incredible night, here are all the cast and crew front and centre before the film began (you can kind of see me, well my hair anyway, in the back row behind the two lovely blonde ladies).

The good thing about living in Essex is the greenery that is just about everywhere. This is just outside my house and thought it looked super pretty!

Spent the day freelancing for a production company, so weird being in someone else's offices! It was super fun though, and more importantly they brought me chocolate biscuits. 

On the train heading up to Hemel Hempstead for a one day film shoot. I loved this book, hadn't read any A M Homes before this and I gotta say she's pretty darn good!

Always love being on a film set!

Opening up my very special package from Cafe de Bain, thanks guys!

This time it's a green tea matcha latte - made for me by my film partner Adrien, because what is a meeting without super fancy drinks?

Heading out for dinner with my sister and parents at a family friends house. Channeling my inner 60s girl with my hair and make up.

Sometimes all you want to buy is citrus. And that is what I did.

Makin' cranberry sauce. It is the easiest thing in the world to make by the way so no excuses not to have the homemade stuff next year!

And finally, showing off this little candle that I recycled - I bought one from Primark a couple months ago, finished it, and made a new one with the leftover wax, soy wax and essential oils - this one is lavender, lemongrass and eucalyptus (you can tell I made this myself with that dodgy wick placement!)

What have you guys been up to?

Drea xo

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Thursday, 8 January 2015

Favourite people of 2014

Hello! So because I'm living in the past I thought I'd do a little look back on my favourite public figures of 2014. Now, this list is by no means exhaustive, and of course does not include those humans who are always on my Favourites List - Thom Yorke, Edward Norton, Scorsese et al - but I focused on people I only discovered last year, or formed an immovable connection with (I form connections through Netflix, so sue me). And granted this list is rather TV/Film heavy, but hey what do you expect from a film producer? On with the list.

Shonda Rhimes creator of Grey's Anatomy Scandal and How to get away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes
Writer/Showrunner

Where do I start with this wonderful woman? If for some reason you don't know her name, you sure as hell watch one of her shows. Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder. Yes. This woman created some of the most compelling television last year and continues to completely dominate network TV - her three shows are shown back-to-back-to-back on ABC on a Thursday between 8-11pm which is network TV's most important slot. I do believe she is the first Black female showrunner (creator/exec producer of a TV show) and she is kicking some serious ass. I salute you, Shonda!

Actress Vera Farmiga star of Bates Motel

Vera Farmiga

Actor

So I first became a fan of this lady waaay back in 2006 when she played Madolyn in my favourite film of all time The Departed. But it was when I start watching Bates Motel, a modern set prequel of the Hitchcock classic Pyscho did I really fall in all kinds of love for her. She plays Norma Bates and BOY does she play her. If you've never watched Bates Motel I suggest you do (season 1 is on Netflix so no excuses!) 


Devon Sawa
Actor

Okay maybe this is cheating. I've loved Devon Sawa since this and this. But he pretty much shot to the top of my favourites list last year when I started watching CW show Nikita where plays a pretty badass ex-assassin. Plus he's a funny tweeter


Amma Asante Director of film Belle

Amma Asante
Director

Amma Asante directed an absolutely gorgeous film Belle, about the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of a British Royal Navy Admiral during the British slave trade. This film was a phenomenal success both in the UK and the US and Ms. Asante is currently working on her follow-up - a US Studio produced feature. With Belle being just her second film, I am so unbelievably excited to see what comes next!

Shawn Hatosy 

Actor

Ah Shawn. This is another little cheat, because I've been on the Hatosy-Bandwagon since Alpha Dog. But it was his turn as Sammy Bryant in one of my all time favourite TV shows Southlandwhich I absolutely devoured in a matter of weeks, that really made me dig this guy. He is unbelievably talented and we have another funny tweeter on our hands.  

Richard Ayoade 

Actor/Director

I totally don't even need a reason for this one, but I'll give you one. THE DOUBLE. Oh and I saw him on South Molton St in London last year looking rather dapper. So there's two. 

MORE

Hayley Marie Norman - For thisActor
Azealia Banks - For this. Musician
Hatty Ashdown - For this. Comedian/Writer
Sasha Wilkins - For this. Blogger
Emma Dabiri - For this, Writer
Zeba Blay and Fariha Roisin (Two Brown Girls) - For this. Podcasters/Writers

Who were some of your favourite people last year?
Drea xo

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