Across The Pond......

We would like to introduce you to our newest blog contributor, Fiona Haines!

I couldn’t be happier to be writing the first Across the Pond column for the Brits in LA blog. I was a Brit in Los Angeles, but for now I am back home in good old Blighty, staying connected to you guys through this column, where you’ll find reviews, events and all the news from over here on this side of the pond.
So lets get started…
I feel compelled in this first column, to make reference to the recent events in Egypt. Thankfully the last 24 hours has seen Mubarak stand down after 30 years in power. With the military now in control, protest leaders are working to form a Council of Trustees to defend the revolution and, hopefully, help the Arab worlds most populous country take it’s first tentative steps towards democracy. Watching the escalating violence and hearing the desperation of the Egyptian people – one can only hope that a peaceful future is ahead for this incredible country steeped in so much glorious history.

My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding
On a lighter note – and taking a sharp 180-degree turn – another topic currently gripping the British nation is a Channel 4 5-part weekly show “My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding” – which documents the ‘traveller’ community and lifestyle across Britain. It’s jaw-droppingly addictive. Using their over the top, and quite frankly shocking wedding rituals as a primary focus, it takes a sensitive look at their complex and somewhat contradictory community at times, and at others simply lingers over the offensively HUGE and provocative wedding dresses they traditionally wear. It’s far beyond the realms of taste – and needs to be seen to be believed!

Meryl as Maggie
In Showbiz news this week – the pictures of Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in the upcoming movie “The Iron Lady”, which is currently shooting, have drawn audible gasps from many and have only added to the ‘stir’ surrounding the movie. It’s already courted some controversy after it was revealed last November to be one of the last major beneficiaries of funding from the UK film council – prompting some to interpret it as a last 2 finger salute to the incoming Conservative-coalition government, who disbanded the UKFC shortly after winning power. I say bring it on! I can’t wait to see Meryl’s portrayal of Lady Thatcher.
It's that time of year again - the BAFTA'S are here! Leading film actors from around the globe gathered at London’s Opera house tonight to celebrate all the years most popular films and performances - before the Oscar’s get the chance to steal the limelight. And it didn't disappoint. Hollywood stars showed up in droves - and The Kings Speech was the undeniable winner, with 7 awards. Apart from some of the worst fluffs ever seen in the delivery of award presentations, my personal highlight was Best supporting Actress winner Helena Bonham Carter's acceptance speech. Funny, genuine and touching. (Kate Winslet take note)

With Glastonbury sold out, rumours are swirling that Beyonce will be headlining, causing uproar and those inevitable comments about the festival becoming a shadow of it’s former self. We’ll have to wait ‘til the spring to find out the official line-up. Let the fallout begin….
The Wireless festival, held annually in Hyde Park this year sees The Chemical Brothers, Black Eyed Peas and Pulp headlining over the weekend of July1-3.
Belle & Sebastian have added 2 more dates to their summer tour (Leicester June 2 & Leeds June 3), which begins on May 29 with 3 nights at The Roundhouse in NW1.
Tickets are on sale here


  1. Meryl looks amazing as Maggie!! How is her accent?

  2. I don't think I've ever heard her do a British accent. Apparently Maggie herself wants nothing to do with the project as she thinks it "sounds like some left-wing fantasy,". Personally, I can't wait! Meryl is a genius.


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