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Famed interior designer Nicky Haslam had a hunch from an early age that, just below the surface, was a budding cabaret act; a fusion of youthful memories of such great artists as Ethel Merman and Marlene Dietrich and contemporary music just bursting to express itself. This fantasy recently became fact with his shows at such
This year was my most ambitious to date. Making a film was definitely a challenging artistic adventure. The year of the snake was a car crash year for most people I know. Upheaval, exhaustion, a rise to the top, jealousy, and outrage on the way up or down, malevolence, depending on where you were heading.
Yesterday I received a prize for my film. Winning is a fabulous feeling, it is the first time I have won something. I am not going to feel guilty about it. It made me feel I was back at school when I was eight years old and won a merit badge for picking up tennis
I have just had an incredible freezing, snow covered week end in Moscow. Probably the best in my life. Whipping in and out of buildings seeing and feeling another world whilst filming. My dream this week is to buy a tower block, the whole thing. Find a new way of life. It was total pleasure.
Kustendorf is one of the most enticing film festivals to go to. In a medieval mountain top, the wonderful, film director, winner of the Palmes d’or, the prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Emir Kusturica reigns. No amount of snow, or the four hour journey from Belgrade, stops the visiting celebrities from contributing to this
My son Charles Eliasch is singing at Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall on the 31st March 2013. He trained at Mannes College of Music and has just got into The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He has loved opera since the age of two years old when I took him to see Don Giovanni.
Saturday was particularly glamorous at the BAFTA Tea Party, but unlike last year I was not mistaken for Marilyn Monroe, however wearing Armani got a lot of attention. This is weird for me as usually I wear anything but this designer, but Armani designed this fabulous jacket with a white collar which looked wonderful over
I love Los Angeles, the sun, the positive attitude, I had forgotten. Now I am here I remember. It is the laid back excitement over everything. The people here are like children. Youth obsessed, sun kissed health fanatics who look as if they are angels from the sky. A girl turned up yesterday in purple,
I have always been afraid of silence in a room, I was often told I was too loud. I found it difficult to be quiet, but actually in the last few weeks there has been a beautiful change. I found I liked bicycle rides in the park when it is misty and peaceful. I have
My whole life, I realise has been based on Ronald Searle cartoons. The way I dress, think and live. The way I talk, I am told I am witty, very over the top, and look like a cartoon. I am making my first film, The Gun, The Cake and The Buttterfly, and that has even
The truth is I am very independent. Yesterday my sons were saying I had to get a boyfriend. A real boyfriend, one that would cuddle me, look after me, be loving with me. One that would take over, a real man. There are lots of men I like and very few I have loved. I
I always wonder each year which charities are worthy of support? I like the Arts, for me, life would have been meaningless without them. I don’t like large cumbersome ones, with huge offices and high overheads, and ones that sort of con you. There are exceptions, in the case of the NSPCC, which does so much
The first day of a new dawn. The Mayan’s ran out of interest to record numbers and the end of the world did not happen? Subconsciously I think that we all thought some event of great magnitude would shake our world into a new and higher existence. The fact is that theses happenings are around
Arriving by Air Tahiti was rather different, the air hostesses with flowers in their hair were good companions for the fifteen hour flight from Los Angeles to Paris. I rushed off the flight and could not wait to be in my flat here. Tamara de Lempicka’s art studio. It has been months since I have seen
For The Weinsteins this is truly a golden year, winning Oscars for so many of their films, but none altogether, has made as much money as The Kings Speech last year. No one can deny they have taste, but not everybody except for me, understands the passion for The Artist. A wonderful film that received
It has been red carpet week in Los Angeles and I have looked terrible. I just could not get it together. I was tired and washed out . I did not recognise my face, the skin looked like cottage cheese and I had dark shadows everywhere. A friend on the internet said to me “you
There are so many exhibitions here in Los Angeles that I am wondering how I am going to go to them all and certainly no shortage of talent. Richard Young had an exhibition of photographs in Stephen Webster’s gallery of Elizabeth Taylor, her story. My favourite one was Richard Burton drunk, gregarious. The pair
Amanda J. Eliasch (born May 13, to Anthony Cave Brown and Mrs Caroline Brown née Gilliat, in Beirut, Lebanon) is the poet, Fashion Editor for Genlux Magazine in Los Angeles, as well as British photographer and writer for The Collective Review. She has also written a book of poetry called Cloak and Dagger Butterfly.
She spent her childhood in the Wiltshire Downs with her mother, an opera singer and teacher at Dauntseys School, Devizes and Stonar School, Melksham, Bath, Amanda was educated at Stonar School, Melksham Bath. She is a grand daughter of Sidney Gilliat, film director, script writer and producer of films. Amanda is great grand daughter to George Gilliat. Her father Anthony Cave Brown was writer and Foreign Correspondent for The Daily Mail in Beirut. He won Journalist of the year in 1958 and was author of Bodyguard of Lies, Willliam J. Donavan, and wrote about Kim PhilbyTreason in the blood and Sir Stewart Menzies.
Amanda then worked for a stamp dealer and Terence Conran and The Conran Shop, Kenneth Turner Flowers and Tiger Petroleum until she enrolled herself into drama school.
Amanda Eliasch studied at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Academy of Live and Recorded Arts and then at The Black and White Photography school before embarking on her photographic career. She was the student at the Moscow Arts Theatre.
Amanda worked with Rushka Bergman at L’uomo Vogue photographing people like Ang Lee for the Cinema Edition. Amanda is involved in several charities from the British Film Institute, London Symphony Orchestra and a school of children of the Tsunami in Phuket a charity called Phuket has been good to me Peccadilloes, an exhibition of neon lights based on Kay Saatchi’s drawings of Amanda committing the seven deadly sins at Leadapron Gallery in Melrose in Los Angeles. As I like it a play written by Amanda Eliasch and Lyall Watson with Justine Glenton. Susan Parkes and Charles Eliasch was performed at the Chelsea Theatre Kings Road London.
2011. Sins Of A Butterfly, second book of poetry. In 2009 Chipmunka Publishing published her first book, Cloak And Dagger Butterfly, a book of her poetry with photography, written about two simultaneous love stories.
Amanda Eliasch collaborated with Pablo Ganguli and Liberatum for the AngloMockBa British-Russian cultural diplomacy festival in May 2009 featuring Stephen Frears and milliner Stephen Jones, composer Michael Nyman, Martha Fiennes Film Director, Dylan Jones with TIME as the media partner.
Photographer: Made by Indians which included artists such as Subodh Gupta and Jitish Kallat.
Photographer: Made by Brazilians with British photographer Jack English.
Photographer and Writer of British Artists At Work – Assouline, Franca Sozzani and Italian Vogue. The book commissioned by Franca Sozzani of Italian Vogue, captures four generations of artists from the established to the emerging. Amanda photographed 46 artists in their studios including Tracey Emin, Gary Hume, Gavin Turk, Fiona Rae, Sam Taylor-Wood, Julian Opie, Martin Maloney, Tim Noble and Sue Webster, Michael Craig Martin, Chantal Joffe, Marc Quinn, Anish Kapoor, Rachael Whiteread, Jenny Saville, Gilbert and George and 2003 Turner Prize nominee Grayson Perry. Amanda’s photographs are set alongside a personal diary of her experiences on each shoot.
Amanda has exhibited in several London based galleries including The Black and White Gallery, The Cork Street Gallery and the Proud Galleries, where her work was well received by the public and critics.
The Evening Standard said “Her stunning, sexy photographs exude glamour and gusto… She’s at her best with her stylish confident images of nude models”-which was influenced by Bob Carlos Clarke
Michel Comte praised her photographic work and likened her to Man Ray and Meret Oppenheim, and Charles Saatchi proclaimed her to be “The new Cartier-Bresson”
Amanda has two sons with Johan Eliasch called Charles and Jack.
As I Like It depicts a gilded life that scales the heights of Great Britain’s art, literary, and social worlds. The play is written by and based on the life of Eliasch, and is the tale of a woman with a ravenous appetite for life and how her unbridled enthusiasm ultimately contributes to a string of failed relationships. As I Like It originated from a request by Eliasch’s estranged father for her to write a manuscript of 5,000 words by the end of a weekend.
Recording of Los Angeles play
Amanda Eliasch enjoys a spontaneous and varied life and she has a strong desire to make life as interesting as possible, living between London, Paris and Los Angeles.
Ten years ago her father, writer and journalist, Anthony Cave Brown, demanded that she wrote 5,000 words about her life, When he received them he said he loved the piece, to keep it, but only publish it when he was dead. He now has been dead three years and her great friend Lyall Watson since offered to put turn it into play form. First of all she was scared about the work, then together they changed it, and now due to the relationship with Justine Glenton the actress, Amanda was asked to take the best from all the scripts.
Amanda Eliasch was educated at Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, R.A.D.A and the Moscow Arts Theatre.
The play was written by me originally about ten years ago because my Father, the journalist and writer Anthony Cave Brown, demanded that I write 5000 words “by the end of the week end”. He felt with my DNA, (My grandfather was the screen writer Sidney Gilliat, my mother was an opera singer, my Aunt a writer) that I should be a good writer, too, and he wanted to see.
I thought, as I had met him for the first time when I was 22, that I would shock him. With inspiration heightened by my love of Tracey Emin, I wrote my own biography. It is a true portrayal of my life as I saw it then. Sometimes, when I read it now, I either feel nothing, or I start crying. It was an experiment, it was better than any shrink. I wanted to do a monologue for an attractive woman of uncertain age because there is so little work for actresses over 45, if you are attractive. My Father loved it, but told me to hide it away until he and my Mother was dead. He died about three years ago.
My life as a child was filled with music; my Mother was an opera singer, my Grandmother a concert pianist. I used to lie under the piano whenever I wanted peace of mind. She practised for about one and half hours a day, and whenever I could I would seek solitude in the open place, called the ‘music room’. Music allows me to meditate, to create and giving me inspiration for everything I do. My Grandfather was a lover of opera, he often said that he would have liked to direct it.
In our quiet moments together he would talk to me about writing. He had made propaganda films during the war for the ministry and liked the gritty feeling of the time. He was a comedian too. It was an artistic household where every ability was encouraged and discussed. For my part I learnt to multi task, my mother used to tease me and say that I was a jack of all trades, and warned be to be careful of being a master of none. I never listened. I carried on. I like learning as much as possible in life. I like stretching myself. If Michael Stipe can do many things I can have a damn good try.
Of course life has changed drastically in the last few years. My Father’s ashes sit in my drawing room. My Mother very sadly died over night, it was a huge shock, and our family life is in the past. Of course being a grumpy and difficult teenager, and a lover of all men, my poor Mother had a terrible time with me. Yet despite everything I used to telephone her every morning without fail at 6am. It was the time you could grab her attention, before she walked the dogs, before she went to teach.
Last year I felt like working on the play again and so nagged Lyall Watson who had taught me at RADA to help me. We changed it into about three plays, the first one was too shocking, the last totally different and It was fun to work with someone that I have known for twenty years. He worked in one bedroom and I, in another. We sent messages to each other by email. We would email each other instead of talking.
I decided to produce the play as I found Justine Glenton who will play the Actress. Justine was teaching me yoga but she is an actress and when she read the script she loved it, I said okay we will do it. Carefully she analysed the script and together with Lyall she helped sharpen the tone, removing unnecessary moments, and encouraging us to make the character of The Woman as sparkly as possible.
My son Charles is in it as he is the only person who can sing, dance and play the piano. He studies with Mannes Conservatoire in New York. He is playing the part of the Boy. Susan Parkes is the Opera Singer, plays the part of both a ghost and my alter ego, singing parts of the pieces that wake my memory up. Your memory tries to catch moments but it is like dust and it floats into the atmosphere.
I decided to show the play at The Chelsea Theatre as I like the space and luckily they agreed. I live nearby and it is convenient. Nicky Haslam the decorator and one of my best friends is doing the set, which is a reflection of how I live in his fantasy. Pandora Delevigne is helping with the costumes of the women. I am a control freak so am unlikely to give full control to anyone.
I am also doing the show at Leadapron of Neon Signs in Melrose, Los Angeles, these are based on my seven deadly sins. The world is full of sin we do not recognise so I decided to show mine in primary colours, reds, yellows greens, blues, exposing myself, and taking my part of the blame too for my peccadilloes.
Recording of London play
LOS ANGELES, CA.- Amanda Eliasch has added another string to her creative bow by crafting a series of artworks in neon for an exhibition at the Leadapron Gallery in Los Angeles. Gallerist, Jonathan Brown presents “Peccadilloes”, showcasing Amanda’s new neon works based on the cartoon drawings of her by close friend and art patron, Kay Saatchi. Amanda has humorously lent herself as an example of the declining trajectory of modern morals.
One approach to art is to take something measurable and make it immeasurable through the prism of one’s imagination. Amanda Eliasch has flipped this notion and taken something immeasurable and made it measurable. She is using neon, a noble gas, as her material. Though common in the universe, it is quite rare on earth. Her subject, sin, is again a flip – common on earth, but supposedly clarified once reaching the heavens.
Being no stranger to the art world, Amanda has shown her visceral, dramatic black and white prints in galleries across London. She has published three books, most notably Assouline’s “British Artists at Work”, a collaboration with Italian Vogue Editor Franca Sozzani. Her latest book entitled “The Sins of a Butterfly” will launch this year. Amanda extends her talents to playwriting, and her first work “As I Like It”, will run for two weeks in July 2011 at the Chelsea Theatre in London.
In his innovative gallery, Brown reveals Amanda’s tongue-in-cheek, but charmingly honest neon artworks, which highlight the many facets of the Mortal Sins: Wrath, Envy, Sloth, Greed, Lust, Pride, and Gluttony. These works are crafted using neon techniques, reflecting Hollywood’s culture of neon – hamburger joints, no vacancy signs, and striptease dens. They are vital, powerful, and compelling in that they tell a story that stretches from darkness to the light.
Amanda is using the pure intention of neon to both expose and reveal what neon aims to express. Much like Tracy Emin or Cindy Sherman, in multiple layers of symbolism, she places herself as the subject of this intention; to humor, to question and to confound. She admits to being a sinner, while at the same time, stating wittily that her sins are just peccadilloes. The result is a reaction to reality that is true, feminine, and astonishingly candid.
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