THE SILVER SCREEN BALL IS GO

THE SILVER SCREEN BALL IS GO

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The Silver Screen Ball was another huge success on Saturday night with stars from stage and screen in attendance along new emerging talent in film and television with successful businesses across the UK.

Celebrities like the lovely Hannah Waddingham from Game of Thrones, Bob Barrett from Holby City, television comedy royalty Barry Cryer, Mark Lester who stole our hearts in Oliver, the stunning soap star Debbie Arnold and glitterazzi adorned the room as we presented the Sylvia Anderson awards – with the fabulous Emma Lindars winning best vocalist and Jack Terroni for best Music Video. 

The evening was highlighted with a fund raising auction for GOSH and donations from sponsors and international artist Jenny Ann Morrison with a stunning painting of Lady Penelope, and ‘dead ringers’ star Lewis McLeod with his hilarious rendition of well know personalities and politicians.  We also have to thank Celebrity Cruises and Casio for their amazing contributions of two luxury cruises and a fabulous grand piano with a private concert from Dee Anderson.

Here is a selection of images from the spectacular evening

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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STRIKE A POSE – A TALE OF HUMAN SURVIVAL

STRIKE A POSE – A TALE OF HUMAN SURVIVAL

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POSE is an extraordinary television series, that is not only ground breaking but in a category of its own.  It has been described as a Dance Musical, a revelation about LGBT culture and the explosion of the gender fluid Ball Rooms in New York City in the 80s.  But I wouldn’t categorise, as to me it stands on its own as one of the most staggering and enlightening programmes to hit the screens in years.

I was around in the Eighties, living life to the full as a youngster and full of hope for the future.   So how did murmurs of this extraordinary underworld escape us.  Madonna burst onto the scene with Vogue which apparently emulated the moves and mood particular to this Ball Room culture, but how come it stayed under wraps for more than thirty years.   Was the World not ready to listen, perhaps we can empathise with this generation who suffered the humiliation of HIV and Aids, which carried a huge stigma and still does to this day.

But if you can look beyond the camp and the glitter, there are stories crying out to be told of regular folk whose status is their only stigma, through no fault of their own, whether it be a gender issue or being tested HIV positive.

As survival was key in those forbidden days, a number of ‘houses’ sprung up with one mentor at the helm who would take in LGBTQ youth who had been rejected by their families, for being ‘different’.

Mj Rodriguez is magnificent as Blanca Evangelista, the selfless house ‘mother’, and we see her realm flourish as she takes in young homeless men and women who have lost their way.  Blanca helps them to reveal their unique talents and sets them on the road to recovery with successful careers in dance, business and modelling.

I would recommend this as a wonderful watch over Christmas, perhaps not family viewing, but pure escapism if you would like to time travel back to the eighties and feel the intensity of the time and the wonders of human survival.

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Cosy up for Christmas with these spectacular DVD releases the perfect xmas gift

Cosy up for Christmas with these spectacular DVD releases the perfect xmas gift

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With the cold winter nights now upon us, we have picked three of our favorite DVD warmers
These DVD’s will make the perfect Christmas gifts for a friends, family a loved one or just for you.

Starting with the delightful ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ based of course on the life of Freddie Mercury & the band Queen.

Bohemian Rhapsody celebrates the band Queen, their music, and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers ever.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Next up a double bill of British action comedies starring Colin Firth and Taron Egerton. ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ (2015) follows Harry Hart (Firth), a top member of a secret spy agency in London, as he notices the potential in young street kid Eggsy (Egerton). Harry devotes his time to proving to his colleagues that the wayward youth has what it takes to be a Kingsman. With decades of experience and tricks of the trade to pass on to his protégé, has Harry got the stamina to teach the former petty criminal how to be a super spy?
In the sequel, ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ (2017), after the Kingsman headquarters in London are destroyed in an explosion, they discover that the organisation behind the attack is the notorious Golden Circle, led by criminal mastermind Poppy (Julianne Moore). As they prepare to travel to America to confront and take down Poppy and her crew, the Kingsmen contact their American counterparts, Statesman, who agree to help them in their quest. Although they have the same agenda – save the world – the Kingsmen and the Statesmen have very different methods and values but they must put these aside and work together if they stand any chance of bringing down the Golden Circle.

Kingsman 2 Movie Collection

Finally, Hugh Jackman leads an all-star cast in this bold and original musical filled with infectious showstopping performances that will bring you to your feet time and time again. Inspired by the story of P.T. Barnum (Jackman) and celebrating the birth of show business, the film follows the visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerising spectacle. This inspirational film also stars Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya.

The Greatest Showman

Thanks to our friends at ‘Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment’ we have available a set of the above movies
for you to win.

Bohemiam Rhapsody on DVD
Kingsman 2 Movie Set on DVD
The Greatest Showman on Blu-Ray

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Grange Hill Series 7 & Series 8 Box Set – Available Soon

Grange Hill Series 7 & Series 8 Box Set – Available Soon

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Eureka Entertainment are proud to announce the most anticipated release of the year Grange Hill Series 7 & Series 8 Box Set

Available to own for the very first time from 11th November 2019

This boxed set features all 36 episodes from series 7 & 8, originally broadcast in 1984 and 1985.

Also included for the very first time – The 1981 Christmas Special Episode 24mins (First broadcast 28th December 1981- pre series 5)

Available to pre-order now from Amazon and other online retailers  

Radio Times Magazine 50 Greatest Children’s TV Shows of all time ranked Grange Hill at number 2

Here is your chance to relive again your childhood watching this classic BBC Children’s series continuing the saga and adventures of  such famous characters such as Zammo, Roland, Fay, Annette,  Julie, Melissa, Pogo Patterson, Precious Matthews, Gonch, Paul and not forgetting “Gripper” Stebson

Trouble is brewing as a merger between Grange Hill, Brookdale & Rodney Bennet looms large on the horizon. New pupils Luke ‘Gonch’ Gardner & Paul ‘Hollo’ Holloway cause havoc & the burning question this term…. does Mr Bronson wear a wig?

Michael Sheard as Mr. Bronson

Series devised by Phil Redmond (Brookside and Hollyoaks creator)

Photos (c) BBC

DOWNTON ABBEY THE MOVIE

DOWNTON ABBEY THE MOVIE

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As I watched the Downton Abbey movie, it occurred to me that a good film provides the formula for success, a bit like a great recipe or fabulous banquet.

Downton has been a success story from the outset, and the film reflects every element that made it such a huge hit with audiences across the country and indeed the world.

 

The characters are key to every good story, and these are in abundance from the haughty Lady Mary played by Michelle Dockery to the deliciously wily Countess of Grantham, Violet Crawley, played so deftly by Maggie Smith.  You will adore her beautifully placed quips and relish her ‘put downs’ to all and sundry as she weaves her wondrous web of cunning against her less devious cousin who does her best to hold her own.

The storyline is artfully interwoven with both pathos and genuine emotional engagement, from Tom finding love again, to now Head Butler, Thomas Barrow finding a like-minded partner, albeit in secret.

The charm of an era that was already fading, was depicted in the pomp and ceremony of the day, with the visit from the Queen to Downton Abbey and the Ball held in her honour at a nearby Country Estate.  The hierarchy of the servants as they vie for position within their own household, and their own delightfully devilish plan as they endeavour to dethrone the overly zealous Royal servants ‘in waiting’.

I defy anyone not to love the movie, as it is beautifully filmed and wonderfully performed, the script providing all the humour, drama, sentiment and excitement of the day, whilst raising questions of class and prejudice that still exist a hundred years on, and rear their heads in our Society today.

Downton Abbey is pure escapism, and I can only fully recommend this film which will no doubt stand the test of time, in a World where everything took just a little bit longer.

 

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