Brits in LA Newsletter March 13th

This weeks newsletter is brought to you by Mike Sullivan’s Volkswagen Santa Monica.

Hi Everyone,

Hope you are all having a good week? The awful earthquake in Japan made me realize how unprepared I am if the same thing happened here in LA. Here is a good link to make sure you know what to do .

Another interesting site is this .Register your cell phone number and they will notify you in the case of a state emergency.

As you all know we always champion Joe Seymour at Mike Sullivans Volkswagen Santa Monica. This week I had the chance to experience his service firsthand. I am now the proud owner of a brand new VW Jetta!

It is my first ever new car, so it is quite exciting for me. I have to say the process was fantastic and easy. Even though my credit wasn’t perfect, Joe managed to find a solution to help me get into a car. What was particularly nice was there was absolutely no pressure from Joe at all. You hear horror stories of car salesmen almost forcing you to sign the dotted line but I can truly say there was none of that. The one thing I learnt from this was that you should do a bit of research before you go in . Give yourself a couple of choices of vehicles and options you want (I decided Bluetooth was vital!) The best thing of all is that all VW’s come with a 3 month subscription to Sirius and BBC Radio 1! Don’t forget they also offer a foreign business professionals plan, so if you haven’t got a credit score yet they can work around this. You must have a current visa though. Speak to Joe Seymour to make an appointment to discuss your options. Call him on 3102668825 or email him at . It really did take just over a week for me to get approved by the bank and into a new car!


CASTING CALL for British family run business. Click here to apply

Have you watched all our Toscars yet ? Obviously I am very proud of mine (127 Devours) but the others are pretty brilliant too. Go to our channel on YouTube and take a look

Ebe is hosting a Pot Luck Polo - Lunch and Polo Exhibition Game. Sounds like the perfect afternoon to me! If you fancy joining, RSVP here

Any filmmakers out there ? Hormel Foods are running a video contest (prize is $18000!!!!) Closes on the 25th, so get cracking! Apply here

CALLING all writers! The Big Fat Royal Wedding Competition is on!

LONDON OLYMPICS tickets available from the 15th March . If you haven’t applied for tickets click here for full details

DURAN DURAN are performing in April! Click here to buy tickets

PLAN B also here in April

ARTIC MONKEYS are playing at the Palladium in June. I have seen these guys live at least 4 times and they are brilliant! Buy tickets here

THE KILLS are here in May (you might even see Kate Moss get up for a duet….)

JUST IMAGINE a multi-media tribute to the life and music of rock legend John Lennon . Half price tickets available at Goldstar

DAVID BOWIE has 2 new biographies out. Read the reviews in The Guardian here

Pavilions in West Hollywood is a little Britain treasure trove!

Not only do they carry Marmite but the other day I spotted Birds Custard Powder in the baking aisle!!!!

British Airways are having a flight sale. $288 each way from LA to London


Royal wedding tea cups and teapots in stock.

JOHN WATERS is at Largo! Buy tickets and get his book ‘Role Models’

MICHAEL WINNER retrospective $8 for BAFTA members $11 for the rest of us . Discussion with the man himself between films. I remember being stuck next to him in traffic , years ago on the Shepherds Bush roundabout and waving to him! Buy here

BRITISH conductor Thomas Ades is at the Walt Disney Concert Hall from April 1st with the LA Philharmonic

The Wrecking Crew is an award winning music documentary and they need some financial help. All that is required of you is to buy a ticket to one of their upcoming screenings. Sounds amazing so will be money well spent!


It is tax time here in the USA. Taxes need to be filed by April 15th (unless you apply for an extension. I was having a chat with Adam Beach, and he just informed me that if you have a old 401k you can actually bring it with you when leave your job. It is apparently pretty simple to do. Give him a ring if this applies to you, and I am sure he will be able to point you in the right direction 310 773 7939

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 (including me)with the immigration process and has a high success rate. You can reach him on 818 981 0352 or Email

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!

Follow them on Twitter too ! @WeidmanGallery

GALVIN BENJAMIN - 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 is opening very soon , but right now you can either go to their house or they will come to you! 'Like' their facebook page too, so you can be notified when the salon is opening and get an invite!

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.


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

Lots of good stuff on the Brits in LA facebook page. I see Joni Robin is organizing a Bollywood Flashmob, so contact her if you want to be a part of it!

Don’t forget to rsvp for Breakfast Club this Tuesday. Proudly presented by Brits in LA & Lloyds/TSB International

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Cheers and hope to see you next Tuesday!



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