At a BAFTA event, she explains how she uses a yoga mat and vacuum cleaner when writing and says jokes reflect our “orgasmic nature”
Emma Thompson discussed her screenwriting process, differences between the genders and her appreciation for Clint Eastwood and Billy Wilder at a BAFTA and BFI screenwriters lecture in London on Saturday night.?
Eastwood has always been “a great hero” of hers, she said. “I grew up on westerns.” Since she grew up watching them with her father every night, she said “I was very much influenced by that form.”
Speaking at the BFI Southbank location, she recalled when she won an Oscar for her work in Howards End (1992), while Eastwood won for Unforgiven. She said the actor put his Oscar next to hers and said: “Well, we did it.” She added: “I said: ‘weeee!?’ It was so moving. It was like, I don’t know, being knighted or something.” She added about Eastwood that he was “divine” to her and her mother.
Emma Thompson Talks Clint Eastwood, Billy Wilder, Gender Differences
Emma Thompson On Her Writing Process: A Yoga Mat, A Hoover, & Lots Of Crying
Quirky is possibly the best word to describe Emma Thompson‘s BAFTA Screenwriters’ Lecture, hilariously delivered tonight in London. It included a physical demonstration of her writing process; pearls of wisdom shared with the filmmaker attendees; and an anecdote about how a period sketch she wrote featuring a Victorian-era virgin encountering a penis led to her penning Sense And Sensibility.
The event, a Thompson-directed variation on a regular series of screenwriter conversations, continued a mini-season of high-wattage names visiting the British Academy, which started with James Schamus on Thursday and David Fincher on Friday. And Thompson tapped her acting and sketch comedy background to give the sell-out crowd a good show.
She was already on stage as the audience started filing in, dressed down in denim overalls and a thick navy coat so that few noticed her at first. She sat barefoot at a tiny writing desk, and in between scribbling on a notepad, she dabbed her eyes with tissues, mouthed lines to herself and occasionally stepped up to pace the stage, or practice a yoga pose on a bright purple mat. She then got a vacuum out and swept the stage before finally stepping out of the theater altogether, to laughs and applause.
Emma bringing Sweeney Todd to the English National Opera
Academy Award-winning actress Emma Thompson and international star Bryn Terfel reprise their roles as Mrs Lovett and Sweeney Todd in Stephen Sondheim’s gloriously gruesome musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
Find out the macabre secret behind Mrs Lovett’s irresistibly delicious pies when this acclaimed staging comes to ENO in spring 2015, following sell-out performances at New York’s Lincoln Center.
English National Opera is thrilled to celebrate Sondheim’s 85th birthday with this thrilling semi-staged production of one of his most popular works.
Performed by an all-star cast and showcasing some of the composer’s most memorable melodies, this grisly entertaining tale at the London Coliseum is not to be missed!
Emma Thompson ‘wept’ over stage return in Sweeney Todd
Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson has revealed her recent stage comeback in New York was a “beautiful, inspiring” experience that brought her to tears.
“It was magical to be in front of an audience again,” she said of her role in Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd at the Lincoln Center. “It made me weep.”
Thompson and co-star Bryn Terfel will reunite in 2015 when their production is revived at the London Coliseum.
The semi-staged production will have a limited run of 13 performances only.
Thompson said it was “like a dream coming true” to be invited to bring Sweeney Todd to London following its five-performance run in New York in March.
“It was so terrible to think of it ending,” explained the actress, who plays eccentric pie-maker Mrs Lovett to Terfel’s serial-killing Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
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“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” to Air Sept 26th
The New York Philharmonic’s acclaimed production of Stephen Sondheim’s iconic musical thriller, staged in March 2014 to a sold-out crowd at Avery Fisher Hall, tells the story of the eponymous barber who, with his romantically inclined landlady, Mrs. Lovett the piemaker, seeks vengeance on what he considers a merciless world. The remarkable cast features bass-baritone Bryn Terfel in the title role and Academy Award-winning actress Emma Thompson as Mrs. Lovett, with Christian Borle and more. Audra McDonald serves as host.
“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” on Live From Lincoln Center airs on Friday, September 26th at 9 pm.
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Emma sends message from the Artic
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Emma Thompson cooks for Greenpeace crew en route to Arctic
Sweeney Todd to air on PBS Sept 26th
Live from Lincoln Center turns 40 this year, and Nathan Lane is helping the show celebrate.
On Oct. 10, Lane will repeat his Broadway role in The Nance. Along with a Sept. 26 broadcast of Sweeney Todd starring Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson, Lane’s play will anchor the PBS arts series 40th season launch.