Mike Figgis
British composer, film director and writer
Mike Figgis
Michael "Mike" Figgis is an English film director, writer, and composer.
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Scents and Sensibilities: A Few Highlights From Pitti Fragranze
Huffington Post - over 1 year
The model turned perfumer Annick Goutal, a legend of the scent world, once wrote "perfume is the music of my dream." Perhaps there is no other art that brings us back to a place and time quite like the olfactory art and yet perfume isn't limited to memories alone. It deserves its own top place in the firmament of wearable art. I found out at this year's Pitti Fragranze, a labyrinth of the best the scent world has to offer held inside the atmospheric Stazione Leopolda, that I've been somewhat wrong all these years to pine for long lost loves and far away times when I smell a scent that reminds of an ex or of my childhood. Yes, perfume can and will do that, but it's the scent of imagination and wonder than give it the honors it deserves. As a stand-alone, one of a kind, truly magnificent art form. The person responsible for this newfound mindset when I look at -- better yet, when I smell -- a fragrance, is NY Times "nose" Chandler Burr. Burr is a perfume historian, a journalist ...
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Great Conversations: Nicolas Cage
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
It was August, 2005. I knocked on the double door at the Four Seasons. It opened almost immediately. "Hi, I'm Nic," he said, hand outstretched. Nicolas Cage wasn't who I expected him to be. Like all actors, he was smaller and trimmer in person than he appeared on-screen. Neatly dressed in an Armani suit, Cage also displayed none of the manic fervor in real life as had become his signature on-screen. He was thoughtful, well-spoken and incredibly literate in all seven arts. It's an infrequent experience that you leave an interview feeling you've just met someone that you could hang out with regularly, but I got that with Nic Cage, in spades. He was endlessly fascinating, but also kind of a regular guy. Another of my favorite chats I count myself lucky to have been part of. It's an inevitable event in every accomplished artist's life: if you go back on the timeline of their existence and stop in adolescence, almost all of our greatest actors, writers, filmmakers, musicians and ...
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Kim Novak Tells All
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"It's easy to be warmly nostalgic about Humphrey Bogart's last film, 'The Harder They Fall.' But to do so is to run the risk of marginalizing one of Bogie's finest performances. "The film was released in April 1956, just nine months before Bogart succumbed to esophageal cancer. And while he looks more worn down than we remember him, there's no mistaking his screen power. "It's a great film, maybe the best boxing movie ever made, and a solemn reminder that Humphrey Bogart still had so much left in him." writes Ben Mankiewicz. • And now for another celebrity who is in a class by herself. Mr. Robert Osborne, the Turner Classic Movies maven, scored a coup when he convinced the usually reclusive Kim Novak to sit with him. This month, Novak is being saluted by TCM and her interview with Osborne has been airing. I have always referred to Kim as "The Blonde Who Got Away." She opted out of Hollywood with her mind and soul and bank account still healthy. But listening to her speak s ...
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Robert Downey Jr: from lost cause to highest-paid Hollywood actor
Guardian (UK) - over 3 years
The charismatic star of the Iron Man trilogy earned $75m in the past year. Not bad for a drug addict the studios once shunned Fifteen years ago, Robert Downey Jr was sleeping on his assistant's sofa, addicted to heroin, cocaine and alcohol, and with only the first of several prison and rehab spells behind him. Even in Hollywood, where the most extreme appetites will be accommodated by the entertainment industry, his screw-ups had become too extravagant and numerous to hush up. His $2m asking-price had dropped 75% and he was virtually uninsurable. Concerned friends described him as a "lovable tornado". Film-maker Mike Figgis, who directed Downey as an artist with Aids in 1997's One Night Stand, recalls him arriving for their introductory meeting barefoot, high and brandishing a handgun. "Why have you got a gun?" asked a concerned Figgis. "Oh, I didn't want to leave it in my car," Downey deadpanned. Today he is perched at the top of Forbes magazine's list of the most highly paid acto ...
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Susan Michals: Yes, That Is Melanie Laurent Nude With Shellfish
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
(Actress Melanie Laurent. Image courtesy of Alan Gelati/Fishlove) Your eyes are not deceiving you. Pregnant French actress and star of the upcoming film Now You See Me took time out to pose with a crab for the radical yet iconic photographic project, "Fishlove" which invites well known personalities across the world to raise awareness of how over-fishing is destroying the marine environment. Scientists predict that all marine life will effectively disappear from our oceans by the middle of this century if nothing is done about over-fishing. (Actor Simon "Mr. Beebe" Callow. Image courtesy of Alan Gelati/Fishlove) Taken by Italian fashion photographer Alan Gelati, the above image of Laurent will be on display with photos of other notables, including Simon Callow, and Michael Gambon, and will debut at the baudoin lebon gallery in Paris on May 28, 2013. (Sir Michael John Gambon aka Philip Marlowe. Image courtesy of Alan Gelati/Fishlove) Gelati's artwork i ...
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What She's Doing Next
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Jessica Chastain: can't stop, won't stop. The perma-busy actress, onscreen now in both "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Mama," has signed up to star in Liv Ullmann's upcoming adaptation of "Miss Julie," the 1888 play written by August Strindberg. According to Variety, Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton have also signed up for roles. Set in 1874, Strindberg's play focuses on the title Miss Julie (Chastain), who breaks away from her upstairs life by spending time with the servants during a summertime party. There, she meets an older servant named Jean, who changes her life. No word yet on who would play Jean, but Farrell seems too young for the role; he's only one year older than Chastain, and Jean remembers Miss Julie from when she was a child. "Miss Julie" was previously adapted by Mike Figgis in 1999 with Saffron Burrows and Peter Mullan in the lead roles. Chastain teased her involvement with "Miss Julie" earlier in January, which came as a surprise since Michelle Williams was ...
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Jonas Mekas: the man who inspired Andy Warhol to make films
Guardian (UK) - about 4 years
Jonas Mekas, 'the godfather of avant-garde cinema', talks to Sean O'Hagan about working with Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali and Jackie Kennedy Jonas Mekas, who will be 90 on Christmas Eve, has an intense memory of sitting on his father's bed, aged six, singing a strange little song about daily life in the village in which he grew up in Lithuania. "It was late in the evening and suddenly I was recounting everything I had seen on the farm that day. It was a very simple, very realistic recitation of small, everyday events. Nothing was invented. I remember the reception from my mother and father, which was very good. But I also remember the feeling of intensity I experienced just from describing the actual details of what my father did every day. I have been trying to find that intensity in my work ever since." We are sitting at a table in the small kitchen area of Mekas's expansive studio in Brooklyn beneath a fading photograph of Arthur Rimbaud, one of his abiding inspirations. Around us ...
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Yvonna Russell: Rebel Without a Pause: Huey P. Newton
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Two years ago I remembered a documentary I saw produced by Antoine Fuqua called, Bastards of the Party about the Bloods and the Crips. The director, a former Blood gangmember, felt the gang-related turf wars grew out of the restless generation that came after the Black Panther Party, which patrolled to monitor police brutality and address the survival needs of the black community during the civil rights era. I thought it was fascinating and it got me to thinking about Huey P. Newton, co-founder and minister of self-defense of the Black Panther Party. I started reading everything on his life and work. Truly a labor of love one book on Eldridge Cleaver (author of Soul on Ice and minister of information, who later became a Republican) would lead me to a book on Geronimo Pratt and on to a book about his lawyer Johnnie Cochran and so on. I read Alondra Nelson's book, Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight against Medical Discrimination for her extensive research on t ...
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Lisa Paul Streitfeld: (R)evolution: 'The Co(te)lette Film' And the Death of Sex
Huffington Post - over 4 years
The next woman who proudly tells me that she is a conceptual artist is going to get a smack. Conceptual art has consistently alienated the public. Moreover, women adopting a conceptual process are participating in the eradication of the pioneering feminist body experiments of the 1970s. Which reveals why dance has justifiably invaded the museum space. The body is the heartbeat and the breath connecting us to life. These vital functions reverberate through the sexual act as they do through Mike Figgis' remarkable film of Flemish/Dutch choreographer Ann Van den Broek's Co(the)lette, an unsparing ontological experience of the female body pushed to its limits. While the film might as well be called "the death of sex," the title of the dance is a play on words, between côtelette (French for meat cutlet) and Colette. The latter refers to not only the renowned writer who brought sexuality to the forefront while breaking down the literary boundaries between art and ...
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Jennifer Edwards: Embodied Women as Window on Feminism: Co(te)lette Served Up on Your Lap[top]
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
This weekend I watched Co(te)lette, an award-winning film by Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas) and choreographed by Ann Van den Broek, recently released on iTunes by TenduTV. Rarely has a piece of art allowed me to draw on the information around me, not because the work contains it, but because it strikes a cord so deep that I am forced to draw parallels on my own. This work is both a graphic, soft whisper and a sharp scream that seeps into the subconscious -- like a mantra or a prayer. Similar to standing next to Jana Sterbak's Vanitas: Flesh Dress for an Albino Anorectic, a piece created in 1987 and copied by Lady Gaga's Meat Dress, 2010, Co(te)lette is a moving object, targeting the core of a female existence -- not to say the female experience -- but an experience of viscerally inhabiting the silent space between unrest and satisfaction, between consumption and rejection, between violent acts and provocation -- spaces women's bodies are often thought [taught] to fill. ...
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Los Angeles Magazine nominated for two National Magazine Awards
LATimes - almost 5 years
The American Society of Magazine Editors on Tuesday announced finalists for the Ellies, its annual awards for excellence. Los Angeles Magazine is a finalist in two categories, one of 26 multiple nominees. Mike Kessler's September story, "What Happened to Mitrice Richardson?" is a finalist in the reporting category. Richardson, pictured above, was missing for more than a year after disappearing in Malibu. Kessler's story begins, "A recent college graduate, she was jailed briefly for trying to skip out on her dinner tab in Malibu, then freed in the middle of the night in a neighborhood far from home. She had no car, no ride, no phone, and no money. When she disappeared, it raised a flurry of questions about how the sheriff’s department handled her case. The discovery of her body a year later only raised more." The New Yorker has two nominees in the category: "Getting Bin Laden" by Nicholas Schmidle and Lawrence Wright's "The Apostate," about film director Mike Figgis' involvement wi ...
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Deloitte Ignite 2011 festival curated by Mike Figgis opens at Royal Opera House - Time Out London
Google News - over 5 years
Helmed this year by director Mike Figgis (above) ('Leaving Las Vegas', 'Internal Affairs'), the festival features performances and appearances from prolific Flamenco dancer Eva Yerbabuena, comedian Marc Thomas, pop artist Peter Blake and
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Getting closer to our readers - The Guardian (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Examples include a scriptwriting weekend in Paris with the Oscar-nominated director Mike Figgis. We are now working in partnership with other organisations, such as the University of East Anglia, which has a world-class reputation for creative writing
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London International Animation Festival at the Barbican Centre - TNT Magazine
Google News - over 5 years
... Gunnersbury Park for this subcontinental festival that celebrates the region's... > Ignite 2011, Covent Garden, London Returning for its fourth year, this arts festival is curated by film director Mike Figgis and brings together myriad installations
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Jazz … with the FT: Mike Figgis - Financial Times
Google News - over 5 years
The invitation to “bring your instrument” to my meeting with film director and composer Mike Figgis didn't present me with much of a dilemma: I only play tenor sax. Figgis, though, owns three trumpets, half a dozen guitars and a grand
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The Rise Of Jim Sturgess - FemaleFirst.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
The Browning Version was Sturgess first big screen appearance, it was a 1994 movie that was directed by Mike Figgis and starred Albert Finney. For the next few years the British actor worked mostly in TV with I'm Frank Morgan and series Quest before
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Lanvin Opera - Vogue.com
Google News - over 5 years
This year, renowned director Mike Figgis has asked the Lanvin creative director to speak on the theme of Truth. "When I was asked to curate Ignite it was clear to me that I should use the opportunity to share my own ideas with a wide group of
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Wilmington on DVDs. Pick of the Week: Classics. Leaving Las Vegas, And Now Miguel - Movie City News
Google News - over 5 years
The story comes from an almost unbearably truthful novel by John O'Brien — a writer and alcoholic who killed himself two weeks after writer-director Mike Figgis contacted him about this movie — and Figgis(a musician who also composed the score) turns
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mike Figgis
    FIFTIES
  • 2008
    Age 59
    In 2008, he was called upon by Transport for London to help shoot a PIF entitled A Little Thought From Each of Us, A Big Difference For Everyone, encouraging more considerate behaviour on London's public transport systems, which was then shown in London cinemas.
    More Details Hide Details The ad comprised the screen split into four sections, each section showing one of four scenarios all on the same double-decker bus. At the end of the ad, the friction-creating scenarios were resolved and the ad ended on "A little thought from each of us. A big difference for everyone." To promote a new camera phone, Sony Ericsson commissioned Mike Figgis to create Life Captured, a short film made out of mobile phone snapshots taken by 14 people from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, who were selected to submit a series of photos after winning the global competition. For several years, he had a relationship with the actress Saffron Burrows and cast her in several films. He is the cousin of Irish filmmakers Jonathan Figgis and Jason Figgis, who run the award-winning film production company October Eleven Pictures. His sons, Arlen and Louis Figgis, have followed their father into the film industry: Arlen as an editor and Louis as a producer.
  • 2007
    Age 58
    In 2007, Figgis shot his newest feature Love Live Long set between Istanbul and Bratislava on the infamous Gumball 3000 Rally, starring Sophie Winkleman and Daniel Lapaine.
    More Details Hide Details Figgis, since 2008, has been professor of film studies at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, where he conducts intensive summer seminars.
  • 2005
    Age 56
    He was the founding patron of the independent filmmakers online community Shooting People. At one of their events in 2005 he said that filmmaking with a small digital camera made the experience more like painting or novel writing than the movie industry.
    More Details Hide Details His fascination with camera technology has also led him to create a camera stabilisation rig for smaller video cameras, called the Fig Rig which places the camera on a platform held within a steering wheel-like system and has since been released by Manfrotto Group.
    At an appearance at Camerimage in 2005, he expressed the view that filmmaking had become "boring and perhaps needed to become even worse before anything better can emerge" successfully at least in reaction.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1988
    Age 39
    After working in theatre (he was a musician and performer in the experimental group People Show) he made his feature film debut with the low budget Stormy Monday in 1988.
    More Details Hide Details The film earned him attention as a director who could get interesting performances from established Hollywood actors. He initially made a splash in America in the 1990s with the gritty thriller Internal Affairs that helped to revive the career of Richard Gere. His next Hollywood feature, Mr. Jones, was misunderstood by the studio, who attempted to market the downbeat story as a feelgood movie, resulting in a box office flop. Figgis poured his disenchantment with the film industry into Leaving Las Vegas, creating star turns for Nicolas Cage and Elisabeth Shue, which earned Figgis Academy Award nominations for Best Directing and Best Screenplay. He followed this up with the romantic drama One Night Stand, starring Wesley Snipes and Nastassja Kinski, but the movie received a poor response from critics and was a commercial failure. His most ambitious film to date is the low-budget film The Loss of Sexual Innocence, a loosely based autobiographical movie of the director himself.
  • 1983
    Age 34
    Figgis's early interest was in music and he played keyboards for Bryan Ferry's first band. In 1983 he directed a theatre play, produced in Theatre Gerard-Philipe (Saint-Denis, Paris, France).
    More Details Hide Details This play performed with great success at Festival de Grenada and in Theater der Welt (Munich, Germany).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1948
    Born
    Born on February 28, 1948.
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