Newsletter February 28th 2011

This newsletter for February 28th is brought to you by Mike Sullivan's Volkswagen Santa Monica, who offer Foreign Business Professionals Plan, perfect for those of you who haven't built up decent credit scores yet!

Hi Guys
Big thank you to everyone who was involved with the Toscars. The night was a huge success and the films were all fabulous. Congratulations to The King Speak who dominated our awards ceremony and deservedly so! If you haven't seen them they are well worth a watch! They can all be viewed on our Brits in LA YouTube channel here

If you are interested in being a Toscar Team Leader for 2012 contact Craig@Britsin.LA
To see all the pictures from the night visit our blog The Anglo Files

A special thank you to our wonderful sponsors and supporters. Mike Sullivan's Volkswagen Santa Monica, Beltran Brito Immigration Lawyers, Framepool, Wiedman Gallery, McDermott Management, Lloyds TSB, Platinum One Web Design and of course Doc Johnson who supplied the rubber fists!

For more regular updates from Brits in LA, please subscribe to our blog The Anglo Files . We now have 3 additional contributors! Claire Farwell writes Eat Well With Farwell,
Fiona Haines writes from Across The Pond
and Lynn Taylor has just started writing Beauty is The Question

Bit O' Culture

Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham brings The Merchant of Venice to town. Premiered in 2007 where it was part of the RSC's Complete Works Festival. Goldstar are offering half price tickets!

The award winning documentary "The Wrecking Crew" is coming back to LA for 2 screenings.
It is the story of the legendary Los Angeles session musicians in the 1960s who backed hundreds of recordings including The Beach Boys, Mamas & Papas, Frank and Nancy Sinatra, The Byrds, Elvis and Phil Spector's Wall Of Sound. The film includes rare interviews with Brian Wilson, Hal Blaine, Tommy Tedesco, Roger McGuinn, Herb Alpert, Mickey ...Dolenz, Al Jardine, Carol Kaye, Glen Campbell, Joe Osborn, Cher, Nancy Sinatra and many more. Even with amazing reviews and many awards, the film cannot be released to the general public until the music licensing rights have been paid.

To that end, a fundraiser screening is being hosted by Vitellos in Studio City March 20th at 1pm.
Suggested Tax Deductible Donation: $30.00
And a screening at SIR, 6465 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood on March 27th at 4pm
Suggested Tax Deductible Donation: $15.00
Tickets can be purchased at the Wrecking Crew Website.
Click on LOCAL SCREENINGS on the home page and follow directions:

ROGER CAIRNS Jazz Trio are performing at the Sheraton Delfina, Santa Monica on March 3 at 6pm. They would love to have some fellow Brits come down and support!

The critically acclaimed British romance film "FORGET ME NOT" premieres in Los Angeles on March 4, for a special one week theatrical engagement at the Culver Plaza Theatres.
Love happens. When you least expect it....
The film is directed by Alexander Holt and Lance Roehrig. It stars Tobias Menzies ("Casino Royale"), Genevieve O'Reilly ("The Matrix Reloaded"), and Gemma Jones ("Bridget Jones's Diary"). The Culver Plaza Theatres is located at 9919 Washington Blvd. in the city of Culver City. Showtime information is available at
Official film site:
For additional press information, please contact Tiffany Bowyer,, phone (818) 753-2345

DAVID FRENCH is in an art show at the Torrance Art Museum called 'What's New Pussycat'
which features work by artists such as Bruce Nauman, Ed Ruscha, Paul McCarthy and Larry Bell as well as emerging California Artists.

Looking to hire a British Piano Player who is familiar with and can play the old English pub songs ("Knees Up Mother Brown", "My Old Man", "Old Bull and Bush", etc..) for a sing-a-long birthday party in West L.A.
Will be needed for 2 hours on a Sunday in March (date TBA). There is some pay. Please e-mail me if interested at

Tried and Tested. Ads & Discounts!
If you are looking to lease or buy a car but are having trouble getting the credit to do so, look no further. Mike Sullivan’s Volkswagen Santa Monica are able to offer the Foreign Business Professionals Plan. Speak to Joe Seymour over at the showroom and he will go through all the details with you. Call him on 310 266 8825 or email him at . If you choose to lease you may also be eligible to write off some of the cost on your taxes. Speak to your tax advisor to find out more.

FRAMEPOOL isn’t like any other stock footage company. We were created for filmmakers by filmmakers. We’ve assembled stock from outstanding cinematographers from all over the world to create the most comprehensive and diverse film collection in the industry. We have 650,000 clips online, including one of the largest HD motion content archives and green screen archives. And most of our library is rights cleared and ready to use.
We work with some of the biggest production companies on Earth, including BBC, Discovery Channel, National Geographic. We work with the biggest agencies on Earth, including Saatchi & Saatchi, Ogilvy & Mather, BBDO and Mother. Our recent screen credits include Iron Man 2, Tron and Friends with Benefits. And we’re on TV shows like Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girls, Jay Leno and Outsourced. We make using stock easy and creative. If you’re looking for a difficult to find shot, our researchers help you find it even if it’s owned by another stock house. Further more as a member of Brits in LA you’ll receive a 20% discount off our footage licensing rates. Please contact Jonathan Scott on call 310.994.5331.

As an agent / producer Paul Duddridge represented some of the biggest names in the UK, he also produced shows for BBC and ITV. His Hollywood clients are actors, directors, writers and producers, all seeking one to one practical guidance on succeeding in entertainment. First consultation is free.

Gil Brito of Beltran Brito has helped many of our members with the greencard process. He can be reached at or call 305.860.4050 If you are overseas he can also be reached by Skype gil_r_brito_esq

Joe Adams; Ready to work? We are a specialized immigration and entertainment law firm working extensively with the British community here in the U.S. and back in the U.K. to obtain work visas. We have a 100% success rate. We are professional, highly responsive and flexible on payments. Email and we would be happy to set up a free consultation

Bernard Sidman is a fellow Brit in LA and has helped many other Brits in LA with the immigration process and has a high success rate. You can reach him on 818 981 0352 or Email . Join his facebook page to be kept up to date on the latest immigration laws/news

Weidman Gallery are offering 10% off custom framing and all in house poster art to Brits in LA members! My Toscar team for 127 Devours were lucky enough to win Best Poster and the prize is for our poster to be framed!

I can't wait to check them out! Follow them on Twitter too !

The very talented Danforth France helped us execute (and win Best Poster) our poster idea. You can check out more of his work here  If you need a poster or logo designed, email him at he is offering Brits in LA members the amazing price of $100 for a design!!!

NEED HEALTH insurance and financial advice?
Confused? Talk to Brits in LA member Adam Beach for further details on 310 773 7939

New Brit run Salon is offering BRITS IN LA members 50% off To get a quote for coloring, Brazilian blow outs or cuts, please email The salon isn't open yet, so you can either go to their house or they will come to you!

Get your website sorted out now! BLA member and website designer Paul Terry is currently working on ours. He has designed a great site for Seal too, so you know you are in good hands. Check out his work. We have found him to be extremely helpful and patient with us. So feel free to contact him with your needs

LOOKING FOR A NEW HOME? Only 20% down payment required on a $2,500,000 purchase price. Call for details; let us find you a new home within 30 days or less. Claudia Kohn is a British Realtor working with Coldwell Banker in Beverly Hills. The combination of low rates, good property values and flexible underwriting makes it a great time for my clients to move up to their dream She covers all of the Westside from Hollywood to Malibu in PURCHASES, SALES & RENTALS. Please call or email if you have any questions or would just like to discuss your options.” I look forward to hearing from you". 310.859.5341

If you have used any of our recommendations we would love your feedback. Email us at

I want to personally thank the talented Angela McClusky for having us down for her fabulous show at Soho House last week. To find out when she is next performing sign up for her mailing list here

GAS prices are rising...did you know if you use your Ralph's loyalty card at a Shell station you get 10 cents off per gallon!

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Hope to see lots of you at Breakfast Club on Tuesday (info in events section on FB page)

I see that lots of people have sublets or rooms to rent at the moment check the Brits in LA discussion board and post there if you are looking or have one available. Please remember we can't personally vouch for members so make sure to get references and deposits as you would normally if you were posting somewhere like craigslist!




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