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  • 1. Richard Curtis
  • 2. Curtis; an English screenwriter, music producer, actor and film director. He is one of Britain’s most successful comedy screenwriters, he is known primarily for romantic comedy films such as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jone’s Diary, Notting Hill, Love Actually and The Girl in the Café, as well as the hit sitcoms Blackadder, Mr.Bean and The Vicar of Dibley. He is also the founder of the British charity Comic Relief along with Lenny Henry. In 2007, Curtis was made a Fellow of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Richard Curtis was born in Wellington New Zealand, the son of Australian parents Glyness S. and Anthony J. Curtis, who was an executive at Unilever. Curtis and his family lived in several different countries including Sweeden and the Philippines, before moving to England when he was 11. He began school at Papplewick school. For a short period in the 1970’s Curtis lived in Warrington, where he attended Appleton Grammar School, before he won a scholarship to Harrow School. He achieved a first-class degree in English Language and Literature at Christ Church, Oxford and it was at Oxford that he met and began working with Rowan Atkinson after they both joined the scriptwriting team of the Etcetera's revue, part of the Experimental Theatre Club, and appeared in the company’s ‘’After Eights’’ at the Oxford playhouse in May 1976.
  • 3. Film Career Curtis achieved his breakthrough success with the romantic comedy Four Weddings and a Funeral. The 1994 film, starring Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell, was produced on a limited budget by the British production company Working Title Films. Four Weddings and a Funeral proved to be the biggest grossing British film in history at that time. It made an international star of Grant, and Curtis' Oscar nomination for the script catapulted him to prominence but Curtis lost to Quentin Tarantino's script for Pulp Fiction. The film was nominated for Best Picture but lost to Forrest Gump. Curtis' next film was also for Working Title, which has remained his artistic home ever since. 1999's Notting Hill, starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts, broke the record set by Four Weddings and a Funeral to become the top-grossing British film of all time. The story of a lonely travel bookstore owner who falls in love with the world's most famous movie star was directed by Roger Michell. Curtis' next film for Working Title was not an original script. Instead, he was heavily involved with the adaptation of Bridget Jones's Diary from novel to film. Curtis knew the novel's writer Helen Fielding. Indeed, he has credited her with saying that his original script for Four Weddings and a Funeral was too upbeat and needed the addition of a funeral. He is credited on Bridget Jones's Diary as co-writer. Two years later Curtis re-teamed with Working Title to write and direct Love Actually. Curtis has said in interviews that his favourite film is Robert Altman's Nashville and the sprawling, multi-character structure of Love Actually certainly seems to owe something to Altman. The film featured a "Who's Who" of British actors, including Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Bill Nighy, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson, Alan Rickman and Keira Knightley, in a loosely connected series of stories about people in and out of love in London in the weeks leading up to Christmas. In May 2007 he received the BAFTA Fellowship at the British Academy Television Awards in recognition of his successful career in film and television and his charity efforts.[5]
  • 4. Curtis lives in Notting Hill and has a country house in Walberswick, Suffolk with script editor and broadcaster Emma Freud. Their children are: daughter Scarlett Rachel Anne, and sons Jake Barnard, Charlie and Spike. They have another country retreat in Henley, Oxfordshire. Personal Life
  • 5. Directed by Richard Curtis Year Film Role 1989 The Tall Guy Writer 1994 Four Weddings and a Funeral Writer/Co- Executive Producer 1997 Bean Writer/Executive Producer 1999 Notting Hill Writer/Producer 2001 Bridget Jones's DiaryWriter 2003 Love Actually Director/Writer 2004 Bridget Jones: The Edge of ReasonWriter 2006 Sixty Six Executive Producer 2007 Mr. Bean's Holiday Executive Producer 2009 The Boat That Rocked Director/Writer/P roducer 2011 War Horse Writer 2013 About Time Director/Writer 2014 Trash Writer Year Film Role 1979–82 Not the Nine O'Clock NewsWriter 1983–89 Blackadder Writer 1984–85 Spitting Image Writer 1991 Bernard and the GenieWriter 1990–95 Mr Bean Writer 1994–2007 The Vicar of Dibley Writer/Co- Executive 1999–2007 Robbie the ReindeerWriter 2005 The Girl in the Café Writer/Executi ve Producer 2007 Casualty Writer (1 episode) 2008 The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Writer/Executi ve Producer 2010 Doctor Who Writer (1 episode, Vincent and the Doctor ) Television[edit]
  • 6. Mr.Beans Holiday Analysis; Directed by Richard Curtis Mr. Bean is a British situation comedy television programme series of fourteen 25-minute episodes written by and starring Rowan Atkinson as the title character. Different episodes were also written by Robin Driscoll, Richard Curtis and one by Ben Elton. The pilot episode was started transmission on ITV on 1 June 1989 until final television episode's "Hair by Mr. Bean of London" was ceased transmission on ITV on 15 November 1995. Based on a character originally developed by Atkinson while he was studying for his master's degree at Oxford University, the series follows the exploits of Mr. Bean, described by Atkinson as "a child in a grown man's body", in solving various problems presented by everyday tasks and often causing disruption in the process.[1] Bean rarely speaks, and the largely physical humour of the series is derived from his interactions with other people and his unusual solutions to situations. The series was influenced by physical performers such as Jacques Tati and comic actors from silent films. During its five-year run, the series gained large UK audience figures, including 18.74 million for the 1991 episode "The Trouble with Mr. Bean". The series has been the recipient of a number of international awards, including the Rose d'Or. The show has been sold in 245 territories worldwide, and has inspired an animated cartoon spin-off, two feature films, and an appearance at the London 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony.
  • 7. The colour scheme of the image is white, red and black. The colour white is used similarly to most usages of white to show that the film has no negative vibes or connotations. The colour black is scarcely used in comparison to the use of white which covers the majority of the image, the use of black is pretty much used just to stand out some of the text and shows that selection of texts importance. The main colour used is red, it connotes love, warmth and stands out on the poster. The film is clearly set in the winter so the colour of red connotes Christmas, or winter in general. The main image is eight well known film stars faces close up, wrapped with a ribbon. The ribbon reflects christmas again whilst the images of the people could be viewed as a rapping paper pattern in a sense which reinforces the idea of christmas and warmth. The comedy aspect is reflected via two well known comedic actors are shown at the bottom closest to the title. This shows that the film is a comedy. Then we have close up images of other actors or actresses, who appear to be looking at each other passionately, or looking towards the camera passionately reflecting the romantic element of the film. The title of the poster is unconventionally at the bottom of the poster, it follows the theme of black and red and uses like other posters of this genre a simple plain font. The tag line states it's very romantic and jests that its very comedy, it also plainly states that it's the ultimate romantic comedy with the word ultimate in bold and black to make it stand out.
  • 8. Total Film is a popular film magazine and this issues cover features the cast from the Twilight Saga New Moon. The image used, including the background is lifted straight from the movie poster published by the film and on the cover of Total Film magazine, however the colours have been manipulated slightly. This time, the background is a dark navy colour, this deepens the sense of mystery and darkness that mirrors the content of the film. The masthead of the magazine and the main text that reads 'New Moon' appears to be illuminated, this could be seen as imagery, as if the masthead were the moon as it seems to glow against the background similarly to the film poster where the moon itself is glowing. The main text that advertises New Moon is in the centre and the largest text on the cover, this shows that it relates to the image and is the main focus of the magazine. I think this is a good film cover as it relates largely to the film and gives us a sense of the film content, it includes the main cast members of he feature and follows the structure of a typical magazine.