Singing in a musical movie was a bit complicated for Michaela Coel once she lost her voice.
"During the filming, my voice just went away," she says, recalling the problems she endured when she made Been So Long, the screen adaptation of Che Walker's success in 2009 about friends, friends and lovers who collide in Camden Town. . (The piece was augmented with songs by Arthur Darvill and Christopher Bangs.)
Once Coel's melodious voice came back, he reviewed the recordings he had had to make during the filming. See the picture, which was shown last week at the London Film Festival of the British Film Institute and will be aired on Netflix from October 26, it would bother him to know there had been a problem.
Coel, in the photo, recalled the problems he endured when doing Been So Long, the adaptation of Che Walker's stage success screen in 2009.
Coel refused to take a break to rest his voice. She continued filming and a doctor prescribed steroids, so there would be no delays.
The 31-year-old showed a similar strength during the filming of the magnificent BBC2 drama series Black Earth Rising by Hugo Blick. While in Ghana, he fell into a deep channel, breaking a ligament and injuring his knee.
"The doctors said I had to rest," he tells me. "And the producers said they would reorganize the calendar, I said I could not take a break, and I did not have a single day off."
She felt it was imperative to continue playing legal investigator Kate Ashby in the compelling story of bringing war criminals to justice. "It's about genocide … happening now!" She says.
The knee is still recovering, but he shrugs when I ask him how he is doing. "This is nothing compared to the big picture," she says, explaining that she was determined that Black Earth Rising, one of the best television dramas of the year, be part of the conversation when people talk about war crimes.
Coel appears speaking at the Jonathan Ross Show earlier this month. While in a place in Ghana in search of Black Earth Rising, he fell into a deep channel, breaking a ligament and injuring his knee. But she did not have a single day off
Coel spent months of his time preparing to play the formidable Kate, a woman who says exactly what she is thinking.
He trained in a single job at Latymer Rowing Club, spent six months studying the political themes of the drama and even learned French.
Essentially, she is the heart of Black Earth Rising. And she and Arinzé Kene are the heartbeat of Been So Long.
Now he is writing on January 22, a comedy drama about sexual consent, for BBC2, which will also direct, produce and star in.
The title refers to the date Michaela was sexually assaulted. "It's about what it's like to go through a trauma and not have days off," he says.
Coel has become a role model. She said that when she was growing up in East London, there were no role models that resembled her. That's why she pushed to play single mother Simone in Been So Long.
"I thought it was important to have someone like me: someone without hair, who is darker than the usual romantic protagonist, only the opportunity to have one (role model) for people who look like me".
Michaela tells me that she has been seeing a therapist for two years and ten months.
"I think in this industry you need to make sure that you really stay on the ground, so you have to have someone you really go in. You can mentally deviate from focusing on all the parts that lead to anxiety."
Coel points out that her therapy "and all the intermediate thoughts" allow her to focus on being a storyteller.
You can not argue with his logic. His television comedy programs Chewing Gum have awarded him the Bafta and Royal Television Society honors.
"I'm grateful to be working," she says. "That's what therapy does for you."
Motherhood puts Patti in good company
Broadway star Patti LuPone said that working with a director, who is also a mother, has been one of the best experiences of her career.
"I've had good musical experiences, and really bad ones," the American actress told me at the opening party of the musical company Stephen Sondheim, conducted by the award-winning Marianne Elliott.
"She is a mother, and there is a different sensibility," explained LuPone, who plays Rosalie Craig in the 1970 program updated to this day, with Craig playing the central role that was originally written for a man.
LuPone, on the left, in the photo above with the co-star of the Lily James Company earlier this month. The show has become a sensation in the West End, and has already spread in the Gielgud Theater.
LuPone insisted that "someone who has had a child" understands better "the love of human nature."
He praised Elliott, and his producing partner Chris Harper, for dealing with the Company's company on the "same level playing field," adding that "it really inspires you to investigate and do the best you can."
Elliott told me that he got the best out of his cast because he treated them with respect. "It's not a dictatorship," he said.
Jonathan Bailey (below) was also celebrated, who played Jamie (formerly known as Amy), who received rave reviews from critics this week.
LuPone, in the photo, praised Elliott, and its producing partner Chris Harper, for dealing with the Company's company on the "same level playing field," adding that "it really inspires you to investigate and does the best you can. "
The show has become a sensation in the West End, and has already extended his career at the Gielgud Theater. There is even talk of a possible production on Broadway.
Elliott and Harper allowed the cameras to record the key moments of the two and a half years it took to bring the Brilliantly Renewed Company to life, including meetings with Sondheim; foundry; and trials.
The executives of the BBC, C4 and Sky must see the images.
The story asks Lester the scammer.
Adrian Lester pointed to Josie Rourke and said: "She freed me."
To be honest, I had no idea what the award-winning actor was about.
We were at the annual party organized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences during the London BFI Film Festival.
This year, it was held in the Sainsbury wing of the National Gallery.
Ms. Rourke, above, chose Adrian Lester in her film as an ambassador in Scotland. "I put on the full suit, I made a change to a two-piece suit," joked Lester.
Ms. Rourke, the outgoing artistic chief of the Donmar Warehouse Theater, has directed her first film: the long-awaited Mary Queen Of Scots, starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie (it will be released here on January 18).
She said it was "insane" that Lester, widely known for his roles in television series such as Hustle, Undercover and Trauma, has never made a period film. "He's one of our best classical actors!" He assaulted.
As a director, she did something about it and chose Lester in her film as an ambassador in Scotland. "I put on the full suit, he made a change to a two-piece suit," joked Lester.
"She freed me," he added, as we all admire the paintings that were the backdrop for the Saturday night reception, which were attended by movie stars such as Nicole Kidman, Timothée Chalamet and Mahershala Ali, as well as Olivia Colman and the wife of Lester's playwright, Lolita. Chakrabarti
Rourke will leave the Donmar next year to concentrate on making films.
Careful with …
Phyllis Logan, who brings his portrait of the American writer Patricia Highsmith (of The Talented Mr Ripley, to name only one of his novels) to the Ambassadors Theater in London since November 10, in the fictional work Switzerland.
The drama of Joanna Murray-Smith, directed by Lucy Bailey, was developed in the Ustinov studio of Bath Theater Royal at the end of the summer.
Logan, above, brings his portrait of the American writer Patricia Highsmith to the Ambassadors theater in London, since November 10, in the Swiss play.
Imagine Highsmith, who died in 1995, receiving a young man (played by Calum Finlay) at his home in Switzerland. He says he is there to discuss an editorial adventure.
Since the play ended her career in Ustinov, Ms. Logan (pictured left) has been filming the Downton Abbey movie with all those familiarly familiar faces of the television version.
She played housekeeper Mrs Hughes who, in the final series, married the butler Mr Carson, played by Jim Carter.
Josh Dylan, who got attention when the young Bill (Stellan Skarsgard played with the old Bill) in Mamma Mia! Here we go again.
Dylan joins the star of Peaky Blinders, Jack Rowan, in a television series, created by the British studio Mammoth Screen, based on the books of dystopia books Noughts & Crosses by the author Malorie Blackman (there are four and is working on one fifth).
Dylan (above) joins Peaky Blinders star Jack Rowan in a television series by the British studio Mammoth Screen, based on the book books of the writer Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman
They are located in a world where there are only two races: black and white. And people of color are not the slave.
The series will be directed by Julian Holmes. And the company Roc Nation of Jay-Z will participate in the creation of the original score of the program.