I awoke at 5am this morning in Paris, sun was shining through my curtains that I had forgotten to shut. Last night I had dinner with Lisa Zane at Cafe Flore in St Germain who has agreed to be the Opera singer in my play. With Beth Broderick they make a great team. My son
As I Like It, reflections on a gilded life that scales the heights of Great Britain’s art, literary and social worlds stars noted stage and film/television actress Beth Broderick (Heads, Bad Dates, Sabrina, The Teenage Witch). The play written by and based on the life of Amanda Eliasch, described lovingly as a “femme extraordinaire” by
My love of film and music took me to the ICA, in sunshine for The London Film Festival this morning to hear Alexandre Desplat speak. Last night I was at the premiere of George Clooney’s film, The Ides of March that Monsieur Desplat had written the music for. This morning the musician arrived from Paris
Free-Spirited British Socialite and Ultra Glamorous Fashion Editor of Genlux Magazine in Los Angeles exhibits her Neon Sign Art Pieces at The Peccadilloes Exhibition. “Peccadilloes” will take place at the Doyle Devere Gallery on November 3, 2011 located at 30 Ledbury Road, London W11 2AB.
Frieze week and London is chaos, luckily my brain is the best ‘tom tom’ in the business so I get around quickly. Too many parties and not enough time to spend at them because they were all squashed together for what, I do not know? I had many love stories yesterday and a fleeting one
Four days ago Pablo Ganguli of Liberatum and I were working on another project for The Venice Film Festival, when he received an email to sponsor the great James Franco’s artwork on the Island of Certosa, Venice. Without hesitation we agreed to do it, why would we not? Last week it had been a great
This was a ridiculous article written in the Guardian, Tracey is an incredible woman who wants the best for England and therefore David Cameron has one of her pieces in his house. This gives hope to every British girl that they can achieve anything and everything. That you don’t need to live off welfare in
I was so excited last night going to the Genlux Party at the Sofitel Hotel in Los Angeles. Very glamorous and totally appropriate for the latest issue of their Magazine, where I work as Fashion Editor. There were photographs by Henri Jean Servat, of one of my most favourite stars Brigitte Bardot. A legend in
Marni for H&M gave the best party in Los Angeles last night, right timing too, just before the Oscars next week. The ravishing clothes will be bought immediately they enter their stores, chunky necklaces and shoes, lots of red, funky designs, the girls will look totally modern. The party was given in the lantern lit
With fashion week at its end and going to the theatre twice since I arrived, I was hardly able to get a moments peace to write. Flying on Valentine Day proved to be good, flowers in London and chocolates in New York, with compliments on the plane.. I do feel a little giddy as I
Art is not a supermarket of baked beans, even though Andy Warhol tried to make it so. To be real and to be enjoyed, it has to be done – in my mind – by the individual who had the original thought, not by an army of slaves. Personally, I really like the idea that
Oh goodness. it is the BAFTAs and I am struggling what to wear. If there is one thing I loathe, it is having to put on a long dress. I become a complete frump. I look in the mirror and I look like my great aunt. I was lucky enough to find a Martin Margiela
As I read the papers this morning there is so much talk about eating disorders. I have lived with one most of my life, to clarify this I am not bulimic or anorexic. I will not do nothing that threatens my life. So in this way it is controlled. I have just a massive fear
The woman surrealists have always interested me, they are often unknown, not recognised working in the background to their male counterparts. It is why I live in Paris in a Mallet Stevens building that was once the artist studio of Tamara de Lempicka. Paris was after all the heart of this wonderful movement in
I have just been assured by the famous still photographer, on Tinker Tailor, Jack English, that I am the only person in the town of Los Angeles, with real teeth. He does not like to leave me for a second, and has walked fifteen times into my room, as he thinks that I am not
It was pouring with rain today and Angela Kalinowski, my wonderful hairdresser who works in Melrose and I decided to escape my new house, leaving the builders to finish. We went to look for pretty dresses but could not find any, but I had fun in Betsy Johnson, and have bought one or two fairy
I was fortunate enough today to go to an interview of Peter Medak’s at BAFTA, Los Angeles, given and hosted by John Alan Simon’s [who recently directed my play "As I like it" starring his wife Elizabeth Karr,Lisa Zane and Charles Eliasch]. I say fortunate because to listen to old time movie people is always
My play, As I like it, closed today at the Macha Theatre in Hollywood directed by the successful critic, director and film lover, John Alan Simon. The play has been full almost every night and the reviews interesting, both positive and negative, altogether a successful run and great exposure for Elizabeth Karr, Charlie Eliasch and
Last night I went to a Week with Marilyn, after a day in the sun with my friend, the film director Peter Medak. I was a bit disappointed with the film and I hate to say it. All you readers know that I love Marilyn with a passion and therefore would normally wish it well.
Theater review: ‘As I Like It’ at Macha Theatre (Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com) January 5, 2012 In “As I Like It,” making its U.S. debut at the Macha Theatre, self-described “visionary poet, photographer, Genlux Magazine fashion editor and trendsetter” Amanda Eliasch turns her relatively interesting life into a notably ordinary performance piece. Lebanon-born, England-raised Eliasch
My play has started at the Macha Theatre and we are onto our second week with two good reviews under our belt. I have been so busy that to write this blog I have to be awake in the middle of the night. The theatre is rented out when we are not using it, to
“There is no recession where beauty is concerned in Los Angeles” I was told tonight by Svetlana Feller, who swears “If you can’t lose it, tan it” She owns the company Spray di Sole and arrives weekly with her tent which she created to turn women into the perfect brown creatures. I have become addicted.
Some jobs I really wanted to do as a child and working as a Fashion Editor was one of them, luckily I got my chance when GENLUX magazine in Los Angeles asked me to work for them.
Los Angeles has a premiere every night it seems. From Tinker Tailor which on my second viewing seemed to be so much more interesting than the first time. I was awake instead of hot and tired from Venice. Although wonderfully romantic, Venice is tricky to get around and so perhaps it showed better here in
It is now seventeen days since my surgery and do you know I think that Dr Perlman in Beverly Hills is a master? He has done a miracle. My knees are beginning to change shape and my tummy looks flatter than it has ever been, as for a waist…? I think I am starting to
Lisa Zane, Elizabeth Karr & Amanda Eliasch As I like it a play written by AMANDA ELIASCH adapted for stage by Lyall Watson, with Elizabeth Karr as The Actress, Lisa Zane as The Opera Singer, Charles Eliasch as The boy. Directed by John Alan Simon. Produced by Amanda Eliasch and Elizabeth Karr. The
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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