Brits in LA Newsletter April 16th, 2012

Contact Brits in LA member Joseph Seymour about how you can get into a VW without any credit. There are many options for ex-pats. Joe has all the answers you will need. He has helped so many members already and will give you the best deal in town whether you are buying or leasing. check out his new facebook page too, where he will post news and special offers. Call him on 310-266-8825 or  on email.

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Hi Breeps!
While Eileen has been enjoying the sounds and the ambiance of the amazing Coachella Music Festival which by the way I hear there are some tickets floating around for this upcoming weekend - (Eileen has  A VIP ticket for sale at face value.) - I decided to have a Brit fest close to home this week- Firstly I went to the free screening of The Best Exotic Marigold hotel at the Arclight in Sherman Oaks - which I highly recommend and it was so nice to see many of you there. 

On Friday night I went to see Billy Elliot the musical at The Pantages. I had seen it before in London and was curious to see how the cast held up. A few minor slip ups in the accent department, but hey I even find the Geordie one hard to do. Anyway its such a brilliant production and the music and Lyrics by Elton John are superb. We have discounted tickets under the theatre section. Plus Cat and Fiddle are offering us15% off your bill, if you show your theatre stub for that date.

Then, according to my Mum, so it must be true... I am a true descendant of Captain Smith, the man in charge of the fateful TITANIC, and to pay my respects to the 100 year anniversary I had quite a TITANIC marathon weekend - 

Firstly I went to see the James Cameron re-release in 3D,  it's amazing how real it all seems in 3D - All the details I seemed to miss the first time round. Although some of the dialogue seemed a little cheesy and dated I was mesmerised, so definitely try to catch it if you can. Then I caught the very upstairs/downstairs 4 hour mini series on ABC - "Titanic" created by Julain Fellowes of Downton Abbey Fame. It's amazing that all these years on the technology hasn't changed that much. Rocky sets and green screen. However still worked and some great performances including Toby Jones and Linus Roache, I also loved how the story was told in a non-linear format. I think you can buy the series on DVD now if you missed it.

I also had the pleasure of shooting with Stoyan Vassev of Grandreport photos, we did a shoot for 'Hollywood Monthly' and some headshots. 

This guy has a great eye and put me at ease right away - I highly recommend him  - He shoots with a $19,000 camera called a "Phase One" - You'd hope anyone would look good in front of something that costs so much right? - Anyway check out his website - And say Brits in LA recommended you - he'll give you a great rate.
 I'm looking forward to seeing the Frost/Nixon performance this weekend hosted by Joanne Whalley. Hope you can join us, get your discounted tickets below. Hope you all have a great week and see you at Breakfast Club tomorrow.

Cheer Craig


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They have short or long term car renting (she occasionally sells used cars too) 
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She has helped many Brits in LA members
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The new UK Emergency Passport

From July 2009 the United Kingdom has start to introduce a new emergency passport. The new passports are digitally imaged, machine readable and compliant with IAGO 9303. They feature the latest thin film laminate technology. They will be issued for emergency purposes to UK citizens overseas in circumstances where their full validity passport is not available e.g. where it has been lost or stolen. They can also be issued to unrepresented EU or Commonwealth citizens with the permission of their national governments.This is an emergency travel document which will be valid for less than one year, does not contain a chip and has a limited number of pages for visas. We expect the document to be widely used by mid-2010.  If we can't find you, we can't help you. Register with your local British  Consular in case there's an emergency. It takes only a few minutes to register your overseas contact details and travel plans online.    There is no need to contact us directly.

Special thanks to The Weidman Gallery who framed and awarded Best Poster Art design to 
'The con-Artist' at this year's Toscars event. Get all your framing done here and browse their vintage posters - extraordinary collection - Lots of Brit art. Ask for Janet.


I'm a huge fan of these guys - As I often have to put myself on tape for London and New York casting peeps! They are offering Brits in LA members a great discount! They also cut reels and film scenes for your showreel too - if you yet don't have enough for a reel.

Do you need to put yourself on tape? Create a reel? Maybe you need a fabulous scene in an American accent or you want to freshen up your work?
Then look no further! SpeedReels can help you put anything on tape whether it is for an audition to send back to the UK (or anywhere in the world!) or to create a fantastic demo reel from scratch!
We know how important it is in this climate to market yourself in a professional manner and be the best you can be. That is why at SpeedReels we have a specialized studio fully equipped with backdrops, lights, “sets” professional sound and the Canon 5D. You will work with a skilled director/camera operator and have professional actors to read with.
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25% off your first Audition taping
10% off all our other services
Please check out our website

And I've had the pleasure of working with Paul Duddridge too (below) - He has a unique way of helping actors book the job through his coaching

1st Session is Free!
Paul Duddridge
Paul Duddridge has represented many of the biggest names in UK entertainment. 
Michael Mcintyre, Rob Brydon, Phill Jupitus, Alistair Mcgowan, Paul Mckenna.
As a producer and writer he has created and worked on shows for the BBC, ITV, NBC and FOX. As a self styled entertainment coach he has had amazing results helping actors, writers and directors. Many acting coaches have never worked in the industry on which they advise. Paul has and still does.
               First consultation is FREE. 
On top of that Paul is offering 20% discount to all Brits in LA members.


Nicki Minaj at 5 with Startships

Justin Beiber is prob not happy this week  for backing this week's New UK number 1 Carly Rae Jepsen with
"Call Me Maybe" after he tweeted that this is possibly the catchiest song ever, as he finds himself at number two with his equally catchy "Boyfriend"  A non mover at  3 is the Aussie band Gotye song "Somebody That I Used To Know", Usher is new at Number 4 with "Climax" and rounding out the top 5 is Nicki Minaj with "Starships"  (as seen above.)

Don't forget we have our free screening of THE PIRATES coming up details in our events section. - Titanic 3D dove straight to the top this weekend with The Hunger Games holding fast. 
Mirror Mirror the Snow White retelling starring Julia Roberts as the wicked queen enters at 3, Pirates! at 4, and Wrath of the Titans slips to number 5

RankTitleCountry of OriginWeekend GrossDistributor% change on last weekWeeks on releaseNumber of cinemasSite averageTotal Gross to date 
1Titanic 3DUSA\£2,856,54020th Century Fox-1427\£6,690\£2,856,540 
2The Hunger GamesUSA\£2,394,782Lions Gate-203514\£4,659\£15,168,889 
3Mirror MirrorUSA\£2,389,033Studiocanal-1392\£6,094\£2,389,033 
4The Pirates! In An Adventure With ScientistsUK/USA\£2,166,162Sony Pictures-2551\£3,931\£7,716,061 
5Wrath of the TitansUK/USA\£1,368,131Warner Bros-382473\£2,892\£5,351,400


Gil Brito of Beltran Brito has helped over 100's of Brits obtain visas into the USA call or email him today to find out if he can help you. or call on 305-860-4050 for 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. He has helped many BRITS IN LA through the citizenship application and is very thorough and no nonsense. You can reach him on 
818 981 0352 or Email him at


Kasabian are at the Fonda next month! Get your tickets here

British rockers Def Leppard at playing in June! Click here to get your tickets.

Keane are playing June 29th 
Get Tickets here

Tickets go on sale for Iron Maidens August show
click here to buy 

AND COMING TO LA Tickets here
I just did this week and I can highly recommend Zelaikha, It's acupuncture with a mix of Reiki.
She was amazing and she also takes health insurance. I had a huge problem with my back last week and she sorted it right out, I woke up the next day with the pain gone. She wants to give Brits in LA members a discount (Aren't we a lucky lot)

Experience the combined benefits of Acupuncture & Reiki to
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path that supports longevity, vitality, immunity, and JOY.

Zelaikha is offering Bla members with a special rate of $99 for two healing acupuncture sessions (60% discount). This includes an initial treatment and one follow-up, normally priced at $150 and $100, respectively. 


Only 1 more week left to see 
Green Day’s American Idiot

Ahmanson Theatre, downtown at the Music Center
March 13 – April 22
For tickets call 213.972.4400
or visit
Performance Schedule:  Tue – Fri at 8, Sat 2 & 8, Sun 1 & 6:30

This blissful extravaganza makes
you think even as it knocks you out."

- Bob Verini, Variety
"The music is awesome. GO SEE IT!"
- Lisa May, KROQ-FM
"Rabble-rousing pop-punk show. Electric staging.

- Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times

The music of Green Day and the lyrics of lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong capture the spirit of a generation with its Grammy® Award-winning multi-platinum album. American Idiot puts those raw emotions front and center in a highly theatrical and thoroughly satisfying rock opera that burns up the stage.  The songs are bursting with emotion.  The story dares you to feel and celebrate and hope.

GREENSEATS! Save 50% on Mezzanine seats!
Rear Mezzanine seats are just $42.50 (Tues-Fri; Reg. $85) or $50 (Sat-Sun; Reg. $100) for all performances through March 25! Call 213.972.4400 and mention code GREENSEATS or visit

Brits in LA member Leila Birch in New Sketch Comedy last night tomorrow!
Every Tuesday through to the 17th

War Horse

You've seen the movie now see the play
Both single and group tickets are now on sale for War Horse.  For more information and single ticket purchases, please call the Center Theatre Group Audience Services at 213-972-4400 or

To book a group of 15 or more, please call Center Theatre Group’s Group Services Department at 213.972.7231

You will not want to miss this epic tale, coming exclusively to the Ahmanson Theatre!
War Horse
Six weeks ONLY!!  War Horse at the Ahmanson Theatre June 13-July 29!

Billy Elliot is at the Pantages

Save $15 on Select Tickets!*
Plus 15% off at the Cat & Fiddle*
*must produce ticket and can only be used on the night of show.
Covers what ticket holder consumes only. Valid either pre or post show.


One of our Toscars Judges is performing his one man show
Sandro Monetti premieres as part of Britweek
"Forget the celebrity gossip magazines, this show gives you enough information to dine out on for months to come."  Elisa Roche, Daily Express showbiz editor

Ever wondered what the biggest stars in Hollywood are really like? Find out from the man who has met them all. 
Venue: The Lyric Theatre, 520 N. La Brea (near Pink's Hot Dogs), Los Angeles, CA 90036
Dates: Wed April 25 and Thur April 26 at 8.30pm.
Prior to Edinburgh Fringe Festival (for which these are fundraising performances)
You can buy tickets here and this is the Facebook page
and Britweek page too
For half price tickets use the discount code "Britweek"
Congratulations on the shows that have been added in July in New York for "Best of Fringe" watch this space for ticket details

 Film & TV Summit presented by Variety and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Los Angeles will explore a range of topics, including opportunities in the UK for film and TV content creators, resources for UK filmmakers in the US, scripted and reality programming trends and the reasons British projects succeed or fail in the US and vice versa. The summit will provide a welcoming environment in which to network and establish valuable new connections with likeminded filmmakers and business executives from the film, television and digital media worlds.
Speakers Include:
Graham King, Producer & Partner, GK Films
Basil Iwanyk, Producer, Thunder Road Pictures(Clash of the Titans, The Town, The Expendables 1 and 2, Wrath of the Titans)
Stuart Ford, CEO, IM Global
Paul Abbott, Creator & Executive Producer, Shameless
Nigel Sinclair, Co-Chairman & CEO, Exclusive Media
Gareth Neame, Managing Director, NBCUniversal International & Executive Producer, Downton Abbey
Tim O-Hair, Head of Production, Parallel Media
Leslie Urdang, President, Olympus Pictures & Producer, Beginners
Doug Hansen, President & COO, Endgame Entertainment
Jane Tranter, Head, BBC Worldwide Productions 
For a complete list of speakers and program details, please visit
Early rate registration costs $99, and is open until April 6th. Save $49 by registering today plus our BRITS IN LA colleagues save an additional 10%. Enter code BRITSINLA at checkout.

Plus there is a great art competition happening: Click on image to read all the details.
Art Internships Available

BritWeek T4C Art programme: 4 April 2012 to 7 May 2012

We are currently looking for reliable volunteers to assist a large scale Artists Competition launching during BritWeek across Los Angeles. For more information please visit our website:

Skills & Experience Required: desire to work in the arts, excellent communication skills both written & spoken, knowledge of social media & web, some experience of working in a gallery/exhibition environment, punctuality, flexibility, ability to work under pressure.

Please send your cover letter and CV to: 
Successful applicants will be provided with references following their work experience with us. 


Transferring money can be a pain and I see a lot of you are asking banking questions on the FB page. Lloyds TSB have a great account available that means you can transfer money between a linked up USD,GBP or Euro account which saves all the hassle.
Click here for the Lloyds international account 
sign-up FORM

Lloyds TSB International is pleased to offer you the Premier International Account that has been designed to meet the challenges and opportunities of living, working, and retiring abroad. This multi-currency account is ideally suited to professionals traveling or relocating to or from the UK, US or Europe.
Premier International Account
  • Available in US Dollar, Sterling and Euro currencies- perfect for when you are working overseas
  • Fee-free transfers between currencies and at preferential exchange rates
  • No charges when using the debit cards on purchases in the correct jurisdiction or withdrawing funds from Lloyds' ATMs
  • Free worldwide travel insurance
  • Free 24/7 online and telephone banking making it quick and easy for you to manage your funds while you are away
  • Sterling cheque book giving you further flexibility
  • As the largest bank in the UK, you will have unlimited access to over 2,000 branches across the country and other parts of Europe

Additional savings products, such as five year fixed term deposits- yielding 20% interest- are available upon request. for more information, please call (213) 443 4096 or e-mail and mention Brits in LA.


Don't get frazzled with your books have a pro do them for you.

Lisa is amazing - they've helped us immensely and saved us an awful lot of time preparing for this years taxes.  CONTACT LISA AT


Adam Beach has been helping us set up our new retirement plans and he's great at explaining all the complicated stuff. - Brits in LA


Best Eggs Benedict in town - Plus we have Heinz Baked Beans
 RSVP here. -  only $15*
The price includes the Tax and Tip - Cash only - please remember they do not accept  credit cards.
*full English breakfast is $18


Los Angeles Networking Week:
5th-12th May 2012. LA Pilot Season(only 1 place remaining)
Los Angeles
After our first 2 weeks sold out so quickly, Industry Hollywood have now released dates for another networking week and this will take place during the final few weeks of Pilot season.
If you would like to be part of a small, hand selected group of actors and be given the opportunity to meet, audition and take workshops and masterclasses with some of the most influential people working within today's American Film and TV industry, then please submit your resume and head shot to

Free Screening of jack black's new film BERNIE!

Free screening of THE PIRATES!

For those Brits that have to work during the week come and join us for a fully earned half price Mimosa brunch - Same great deal as Tuesdays BBC. $15 and $6 mimosas. - Cecconi's is such a perfect setting to relax unwind and start your weekend right.
rsvp here

LA Theatre works present an evening just for us at BRITS IN LA of 
FROST/NIXON _$20 tickets
Get all the info here
There are still one more free screening of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Click here to Rsvp


JUNE 3rd, 2012
Click here to RSVP and keep up with the details

We are definitely getting a coach together for the Spurs match at the Galaxy - So watch out for that. We're gonna get great seats at a great discount. details to follow.

No movement1Man Utd345482
No movement2Man City345877
No movement3Arsenal342464
No movement4Tottenham331959
No movement5Newcastle33859
No movement6Chelsea331857
No movement7Everton33447
No movement8Liverpool334      46
No movement9Sunderland34143
No movement10Fulham33043
Manchester is the city to beat at the moment as both teams take the top two spots, The London teams seem safe at 3 and 4. The Geordies on the heels of Spurs though.

Our BLAggers are doing alright so far,ranking 5th with a game in hand. keep up the good work lads. Check the LA premiere league website to find out when they are next playing

British Snooker fans in LA

The 2012 United States National Snooker Championship will be staged at the Embassy Billiards Club in San Gabriel from May 25-27



Many Brits in LA members have used our services here at 

We can design you a website, sell your digital content online even design you a logo!
Up to a 15 Page site including domain name, Hosting for a year & 6 updates within the first year as well. 
All for the special price of 
Saving $369.00!!
This is our best offer so far! Converted to £'s this deal works out to be £315.00
Or up to a 4 page site for only 
Offer extended till April 30th
If you are interested then contact us:
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So many of you are looking to sublet your apartments/rooms or house hunting that we have set up a new group called Brits in LA Housing. This way your listings can all be in one dedicated place. Click here to join .


I just used these guys for my move last week and they were brilliant.

$35/Hr. for two experienced movers (loading/driving/unloading of moving truck and dis-assembly/assembly of furniture)
Our non-discounted rate is $55/hr. for two movers. 

1 bedroom apartments are generally done in 2-3 hours ($70 to $105 total)
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And something to leave you with...
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