Saturday, May 30, 2009

New Inquirer Interview

Only in Hollywood
The many funny states of Tracey Ullman

By Ruben V. Nepales
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 02:48:00 05/30/2009

Filed Under: Television, Celebrities


LOS ANGELES—A recent interview with Tracey Ullman about “State of the Union,” her latest hit TV series in which she impersonates famous people and regular folks as she parodies life in America, was like watching a private show. The British comedienne, who lives in the US, launched into samples of her hysterical portrayals of such celebrities as actress Renée Zellweger, political pundit Arianna Huffington and former First Lady Laura Bush.

With her husband, producer Allan McKeown sitting in the room, the mother of two offered a glimpse of the private Tracey as she acknowledged her hubby’s presence. Excerpts of our interview:

What kind of feedback do you get from people you impersonate, like Renée Zellweger and Mrs. Laura Bush?

I hear that Renée Zellweger was on David Letterman’s show, where she said that I looked like her twin brother in drag (laughter). So I took that to mean she found it funny and seemed to take it in a very good spirit. I haven’t heard from Mrs. Bush. I’d love to (laughter). Arianna Huffington loves it. I just pepper my show with impersonations of famous folks so I get to do real people too.

Character

Is there anybody you wouldn’t touch?

No, there’s nobody I wouldn’t attempt if I thought I had a good take on that person. Sometimes, we’ll suggest a character, then I’ll just say, “But, that person is in such distress, or what would the joke be?” You don’t want to just hammer it home and be incredibly cruel. You want to find some hope in things. There isn’t a mean-spirited quality to the comedy I do—there has never been. I really love people—and I like impersonating them. Sometimes, it has gotten a bit cruel or gone across the line, but I’ve never had any major complaints.

Who did you start impersonating when you were a child?

Mireille Mathieu (a French singer) used to make me laugh. I couldn’t speak French, but I used to be fascinated by her hair clinging to her lip gloss. I would pretend to be her as I wore my mother’s nightdress on the windowsill. I also did Julie Andrews: “But Captain, they’re just children. Doe a deer a female deer.”

I also used to impersonate a dear lady who lived opposite us, Annie Cox, who lost her fiancé in the First World War. She always had something just hanging on her nose. This little English spinster was always cold and she would take our dogs for a walk. She broke my heart.”

Can you say something about the JK Rowling episode? You even had Laura Bush talking about getting George W. to read the “Harry Potter” books.
He’s on the third one now, “The Goblet of Fire.” He’s just having trouble with the words (laughter) and I’m walking him through them. I noticed there was a lot of litigation about the “Harry Potter” image within America, so we decided to put on a five-city litigation tour. JK Rowling is a bit of a bitch in it, but I liked her look—and there’s a sadness to her. When she talks, she’s obviously someone who didn’t think she’d ever be famous—like when she accepted this thing at Harvard. I like the way she has come up.

Legacy

I looked like her at some point—the sad eyes. I put that in the show, that she wrote in a coffee shop, and that she was a single mom. It just seemed right that someone like Renée Zellweger would want to be this inspirational, wizard woman in a movie. We’d be watching someone making a movie of JK Rowling, like she’d be going to the middle of the country and finding people doing Quidditch rides. She’d be saying, “That’s interfering with my legacy.”

Was there a time in your life when you stopped in your tracks and forgot about being funny?

I didn’t think much was funny right after 9/11. That was a tough time.

How have your children benefited or adjusted from growing up in England and the States? And, how is your own experience shuttling between the two countries?

You’re never satisfied with one place anymore. It’s weird—I love England and I love the States. When I’m here, it’s just so easy. Imagine Europe now, they’re getting out the umbrellas and sweaters. There’s all that history—and the churches to visit. When I’m there, they don’t gift wrap so, I think, ‘I’ve got to get back to the States!’ “You don’t gift wrap? What’s the matter with you?” (Laughter) You’re never happy.

My daughter is very pro-British. She went to university there. She works for the General Secretary of the Labor Party in England. We’re very proud of her. It is her dream job. Mabel wants to rule the world. But she has an American identity, too. I also have a European and American sensibility. But, sometimes I feel 75 percent more American. Our son, Johnny was born here. He’s now in high school here, but he still has an incredible English accent. It’s amazing!

Your husband is in the room, but can you talk about him anyway?

My husband Allan and I have been together for 25 years. My life didn’t begin until I met him. I love him so much. He let me do what I wanted to do. He made me come to America. He’s brave, curious and bold. He was always looking to do something bigger. I didn’t work with my husband initially on a production level when I first came here, but I’m so glad I do now. It’s like shorthand between us. He’s the funniest person in our family. He may look a bit shy now.

Allan: You have to be careful when you work with this woman.

You’re turning 50 this year. What are your thoughts on aging?

Dignity

There’s real fear of aging in this country, which I don’t share. It seems to be an American nightmare, especially for women. There’s nothing worse than a woman trying to look like she did when she was 32 when she is 58. It’s like, “Have some dignity, guys—just go with it!” Yes, I do have a big birthday coming this year.

I based my career from the very beginning on people like Maggie Smith, Judi Dench and Margaret Rutherford. I keep thinking Maggie and Judi are going to eventually not want those parts and I’m going to move up and take them (laughter). So, hopefully, I’ll be working in my 70s and 80s. You know, character actresses. I never had looks to lose. I could keep going—Meryl Streep and me.

As a kid, how did you celebrate your birthday, which was in the middle of winter?

I have the sh*ttest birthday—the 30th of December! Can you imagine what that was like when I was a kid in England? It was the day before New Year’s Eve. It was horrific! My sister’s birthday is on the fourth of July. It was all about strawberries and dancing in the garden in summer dresses. Mine was like, “Don’t talk about it. It’s her birthday.” It was pitch-dark (laughter). Every one wrapped presents for me that they didn’t want from Christmas. It was a terrible time to have a birthday (laughter)!

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"State of the Union" Marathon On Saturday, May 23, 2009!

Showtime is now advertising a mini-marathon of sorts, taking place on May 23, 2009, on SHO2 in America. Episodes #204, #205, and #206, will be repeated.

Sunday, May 24, 2009, is the season finale to Season 2 of "State of the Union". The finale airs at 10 PM ET/PT.

Be sure not to miss any of it!

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Bits: Hollywood Beat

Oscar Wilde: Honoring the Irish in Film

Talent agent Hylda Queally sure has a lot of famous friends. When she was recently honored at the Oscar Wilde Awards at the Ebell Theatre, her clients, including Frieda Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire), French actress, Marion Cotillard, Rose Byrne (Damages) and Academy Award winning actress Kate Winslet were on hand to wish her well. Winslet was very excited about paying tribute to her agent for 16 years.

The US-Ireland Alliance, is a non profit organization created to foster ties between the US and Ireland, also honored actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors) and Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges)

The award ceremony was followed by a fun, casual Irish party and Grammy Award nominated singer Maura O’Connell sang a Clare song to honor Queally, Among the guests enjoying Irish music, liberal libations, and tasty Irish fare, included Producer, Harvey Weinstein (doesn’t sound Irish, to me), Tracey Ullman, Allan McKeown, and numerous film company exec, directors, society types, and show biz biggies.

Dana Delaney (Desperate Housewives) stated, “I always like to celebrate anything Irish. We don’t do enough of that in America.”

And speaking of famous Irishmen, Senator Ted Kennedy helped launch a program to teach American high school students about Ireland. Did you know that many Irish people are seeking the British Government’s decision to grant a knighthood to Senator Kennedy, in honor of all he has done for Ireland?

A grand day for the Irish indeed!


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Friday, May 15, 2009

Click Click, Snap Snap

More behind-the-scenes photos. Download the .rar files which contain the full set of pictures.

Making of Series 4 of "Tracey Takes On..."

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=96NIOCE7


On set of Season 2 of "Tracey Ullman's State of the Union"

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=4Z9XPPAB

Thanks to Kenny McLaughlin , and David Strick
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Keep Your Shirt On!



The crew shirts which were worn for the 2007 filming of Season 1 of "State of the Union" have popped up onto the internets. You'll notice that they featured each name of the characters Tracey was performing for the season, even the celebrity impersonations. Interestingly, there are a few character names which did not result in the final product. We got a few deleted sketches on the Season 1 DVD, but many of these names are still a mystery. Wonder who they were, and what they were about...

Shasha Nicholson
Tanya
Shirley
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Let Tracey Give You That Little Edie Beal "Grey Gardens" Look!

moments after completing my orange hooded scarf - dig that scalloped edge

I'm so into hoods right now. They are practical and can be weirdly elegant in that delightful Little Edie Beal way. I finally completed the hooded scarf knitting project that you see above about a month ago, after carrying it around with me for ages with barely any progress. The pattern is the "Grown-up Bonnet" from the wonderful Knit 2 Together book by Tracey Ullman & Mel Clark. I've already begun to knit a new black and orange flecked fuzzy hood and I made a pattern to sew up a lined hood from this mangy black fake fur that I have leftover from another project...we will see how that turns out...

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Tracey In Marilyn Beck & Stacy Jenel Smith Column

ON THE PERSONAL SIDE: Tracey Ullman tells us she'd like to work more, but for now she's content being a mother and doing her TV show, "State of the Union." "I've started writing some more, but I've just been doing these shows really," Ullman says of her Showtime series. "My son is in school here, so I don't want to do anything that takes me away. I guess when he goes to college I can do other stuff. This is enough for me to do, quite honestly," she adds. "If I ever get offered a nice part in a film, then that'd be great, but they are few and far between. Only Meryl Streep is working in her 50s. I'm not there yet, but I'm getting there."



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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Directly from the writing room!

Season 3 is in full gear!

We can see the possible new celebrities Tracey will impersonate next season, as well as some new sketch ideas. Pictured is "State" co-writer, Bruce Wagner, Tracey's script supervisor, and Andrew Dafoe. A very special thanks to Allan McKeown for supplying these amazing pictures!!!



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Here are publicity photos of Tracey, circa 1997.

We're putting together an image gallery off site. Hopefully, we'll be able to share these in HQ. These were scanned and edited pretty quickly. This is merely a preview.

Tracey with husband, Allan McKeown:

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Quick Note

It was brought to our attention that the tag links were no longer working, and certain pictures in the postings were missing. We're happy to say that it's been corrected now. If you notice anything broken, e-mail us at epm imic@gmail.com (all one word, we break it apart due to spammers). Thanks.
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Ruby's Needed On The Set!

Here are behind-the-scenes on-set photos from, "Tracey Ullman in The Trailer Tales", which at the time was called, "Ruby Romaine, Trailer Trash". This originally was intended to be the pilot episode to a full Ruby Romaine series. Sadly, it didn't turn out that way, and instead it became a one-off special. The "special" was filmed in early February 2003, and shot for approximately three weeks, (we think). These photos were supplied by Kenny Mclaughlin, soundman and photographer-extraordinaire.


Click to download the .zip file containing all 10 pictures, including one of Tracey's double!


Here a photo of the test make-up done on Tracey by current "State of the Union" prostetic make-up genius/madman, Matthew Mungle:


NOTE: If you missed "Trailer Tales" and are wishing to see it, you can probably still find it on Youtube.com.
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Tracey Acts As Guest DJ!


We reported this earlier, and it finally happened today. Tracey acted as Guest DJ today on KCRW radio in Los Angeles, California. Her appearance also marks the one year anniversary of the station's Guest DJ spot. Tracey is one of many celebrities to fill in.



Tracey's tracklist:

1.) Earth Wind and Fire - That's the Way of the World

2.) Kirsty MacColl - A New England

3.) Sid Vicious - My Way

4.) Peter Cook & Dudley Moore - One Leg Too Few

5.) Ray Charles - America the Beautiful


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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Tracey With Len Goodman!

Britain's Nigel Lythgoe, left, a judge from "Dancing with the Stars" poses with comedienne Tracey Ullman who was the official coin tosser before the Westfield Hollywood Ashes Cricket Match between Australia and Britain in Van Nuys, Calif. on Saturday, May 9, 2009. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

Tracey as Len Goodman:

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Tracey Tosses The Coin!



Comedienne Tracey Ullman, center who was the official coin tosser before the Westfield Hollywood Ashes Cricket Match between Australia and Britain, poses with English Test Cricketer Graham Hick, left, and Australian Test Cricketer Michael Kasprowicz, right, in Van Nuys, Calif. on Saturday, May 9, 2009. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Ullman leads British comic talent

Ullman leads British comic talent


Tracey Ullman is still leading the British comedy contingent in America

Published Date: 09 May 2009
Tracy Ullman said she was "just thrilled" to be receiving a lifetime achievement award at the British Comedy Festival in LA.
The Slough-born comedian, who now lives in the US, won the first BAFTA/LA Charlie Chaplin Award for Lifetime Achievement in Comedy.

She said: "It's lovely; I'm just thrilled. It's a nice achievement and I've got lots of friends here tonight and Brits.

"It's made me very retrospective thinking about what I've done and what I've achieved and I've come a bloody long way from my mum's window sill - the original Tracy Ullman show. I'd draw the curtains and my mum would sit in bed and I'd do a show on the window sill," she added.

Mike Leigh's cheerful flick Happy-Go-Lucky won Best British Comedy Film, which was accepted by actress Alexis Zegerman.

She said the "positive air" of the film was the key to its success.

"The film came out when the whole financial market was crashing, people were losing their jobs and I think everybody wanted something positive. They wanted the people, the characters in the film, they wanted them in their lives, so it was upbeat," she said.

They were joined at the ceremony by famous British faces including Myleene Klass, Peter Kay and Sharon Osbourne.


Last Updated: 09 May 2009 8:28 PM
Source: Press Association
Location: The Press Association Newsdesk
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Another Mention...

TRACEY TAKES ON: Tracey Ullman has already lampooned Miuccia Prada and Donna Karan on her Showtime series “State of the Union.” Next month, she will get a chance to rib an entire room of fashion folks. Ullman will host the 2009 CFDA Fashion Awards, which will take place at Alice Tully Hall on June 15. The comedienne is a longtime friend of CFDA president Diane von Furstenblog.

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Transcript of BAFTA Presentation

Here is the actual transcript of the presentation produced for BAFTA LA's 2nd Annual British Comedy Festival, held at the Four Seasons. This was created to honor Tracey, and her work. She was awarded the he Charlie Chaplin Lifetime Achievement Award for Comedy, last night. Unfortuantely, no video has been made available. Here's the rundown though:


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INTRO:

HEADLINE: BAFTA/LA honors comedienne Tracey Ullman


TV AND WEB RESTRICTIONS~**FOR USE OF "TRACEY ULLMAN'S STATE OF THE
UNION" SHOW CLIPS MUST COURTESY SHOWTIME AND NOT FOR LIBRARY OR WIRELESS
USE**~

++EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: RESENDING WITH FULL SCRIPT AND SHOTLIST++

The Los Angeles branch of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts
(BAFTA)/L.A. is honoring U.K. comedienne Tracey Ullman. Ullman was named the
winner of the Charlie Chaplin Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 2nd Annual
British Comedy Festival.

SHOWS:
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (MAY 8, 2009) (REUTERS - ACCESS
ALL)
1. WIDE SHOT OF RED CARPET
2. COMEDIENNE TRACEY ULLMAN AND HUSBAND ALLAN MCKEOWN POSING FOR PHOTOS
3. ACTRESSES KATHY GRIFFITH AND KATE FLANNERY POSING FOR PHOTOS
TOGETHER
4. COMEDIENNE TRACEY ULLMAN POSING FOR PHOTOS
5. CUTAWAY OF PHOTOGRAPHERS
6. KELLY OSBOURNE CHILD POSING FOR PHOTOS
7. BAFTA/LA BRITISH COMEDY AWARDS CHAIR NIGEL LYTHGOE POSING FOR PHOTOS
8. COMEDIAN PETER KAY HUGGING EVENT HOST SHARON OSBOURNE
9. ACTOR HAKEEM KAE-KAZIM POSING FOR PHOTOS
10. (SOUNDBITE) (English) COMEDIENNE TRACEY ULLMAN ON WINNING THE BAFTA/LA
BRITISH COMEDY FESTIVAL "CHARLIE CHAPLIN AWARD FOR LIFETIME
ACHIEVEMENT," SAYING:
"Oh it's lovely, especially from the Brits (Reporter: Why is that
special to you?) Because we're not used to, not usually so appreciating. And
we don't-- we care about each other really, but we don't often show it. This
is very nice you know."
11. (SOUNDBITE) (English) EVENT HOST SHARON OSBOURNE ON COMEDIENNE TRACY
ULLMAN, SAYING:
"But it's not just her humour, it's everything that she does. You
know, she's so, she can do anything. You know, she can be a serious actress,
she can be the funniest woman on the planet. She can dance, she can sing.
There's nothing she can't do. She's scary."
12. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH ACTOR HAKEEM KAE-KAZIM ON COMEDIENNE
TRACEY ULLMAN, SAYING:
"Yes, she's one of the originals isn't she? So, um, yeah, I think
she's fantastic. I remember watching her when I was living in England, and
watching her grow. She's a very funny, very funny lady."
13. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTRESS KATHY GRIFFIN ON COMEDIENNE TRACEY
ULLMAN, SAYING:
"Tracey Ullman is of course an idol of mine. She does it all.
She's funny. She can be poignant. She's a great writer. She does these
characters that are so memorable. And also I like that she does characters
that are white and black and male and female, and nothing stops her."
14. (SOUNDBITE) (English) COMEDIENNE TRACEY ULLMAN ON WHAT INSPIRES HER
COMEDY, SAYING:
"Ah, I just like to laugh. I always like to have a good laugh, I
like laughing at myself and imitating people, and you know, it's, he makes me
laugh more than anything. Funniest thing in my life. We've been married 25
years, and he still makes me laugh every day."
15. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BAFTA/LA BRITISH COMEDY AWARDS CHAIR NIGEL
LYTHGOE ON THE BAFTA/LA BRITISH COMEDY FESTIVAL, SAYING:
"Now this as you say sort of culminates Brit Week. The whole idea
of this is to bring British comedy over here. And give it to American
executives to say 'Hey, which do you think is the funniest comedy?' And what
we're actually doing is introducing new forms of comedy to them, and they're
going 'Oh I like this Gavin and Stacey. Oh, that Peter Kay is very good.
Catherine Tate, wow.' Otherwise they would never had heard of these
people."
16. COMEDIENNE TRACEY ULLMAN POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHS WITH HER HUSBAND ALLAN
AND SON JOHN MCKEOWN.

VARIOUS UNIDENTIFIED FILM LOCATIONS (FILE) (SHOWTIME VNR - FOR USE OF
"TRACEY ULLMAN'S STATE OF THE UNION" SHOW CLIPS MUST COURTESY
SHOWTIME AND NOT FOR LIBRARY OR WIRELESS USE)
17 CLIPS FROM "TRACEY ULLMAN'S STATE OF THE UNION" SHOW

STORY: The Los Angeles branch of the British Academy of Film and
Television Arts (BAFTA)/L.A. is honoring U.K. comedienne Tracey Ullman.
Uber entertainer Ullman was named the winner of the Charlie Chaplin
Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 2nd Annual British Comedy Festival.
The event was held Friday (May 8) night at the swanky Four Seasons
Hotel in Los Angeles to honor the best of British television and theatrical
comedies produced in the U.K. in 2008.
The awards ceremony was part of a week-long celebration of all things
British in the L.A. area.
Ullman, 49, talked about why winning an award by her peers was so
special to her.
"Oh it's lovely, especially from the Brits (Reporter: Why is that
special to you?) Because we're not used to, not usually so appreciating. And
we don't-- we care about each other really, but we don't often show it. This
is very nice you know."
Event host Sharon Osbourne shared why she loves Ullman.
"But it's not just her humour, it's everything that she
does," noted the 56-year-old wife of rocker Ozzy Osbourne. "You
know, she's so, she can do anything. You know, she can be a serious actress,
she can be the funniest woman on the planet. She can dance, she can sing.
There's nothing she can't do. She's scary."
British actor Hakeem Kae-Kazim recalled seeing Ullman on television
when he lived across the pond.
"Yes, she's one of the originals isn't she? So, um, yeah, I think
she's fantastic. I remember watching her when I was living in England, and
watching her grow. She's a very funny, very funny lady."
Actress and comedienne Kathy Griffin talked about what she admired
about Ullman.
"Tracey Ullman is of course an idol of mine," smiled
Griffin, 48. "She does it all. She's funny. She can be poignant. She's a
great writer. She does these characters that are so memorable. And also I like
that she does characters that are white and black and male and female, and
nothing stops her."
When asked what inspired her comedy, Ullman said she just purely
enjoyed creating humor.
"Ah, I just like to laugh. I always like to have a good laugh, I
like laughing at myself and imitating people, and you know, it's, he makes me
laugh more than anything. Funniest thing in my life. We've been married 25
years, and he still makes me laugh every day."
The BAFTA/LA 2nd Annual British Comedy Festival Chair Nigel Lythgoe
talked about one of the important purposes of the event.
"Now this as you say sort of culminates Brit Week,"
explained Lythgoe, The whole idea of this is to bring British comedy over
here. And give it to American executives to say 'Hey, which do you think is
the funniest comedy?' ANd what we're actually doing is introducing new forms
of comedy to them, and they're going 'Oh I like this Gavin and Stacey. Oh,
that Peter Kay is very good. Catherine Tate, wow.' Otherwise they would never
had heard of these people."
Finalists in other categories were as follows:
Best British Comedy Television Program: "Britain's Got the Pop
Factor," "The Catherine Tate Show," "Gavin &
Stacey," and "The Graham Norton Show"
Best British Comedy Film: "How To Lose Friends and Alienate
People," "Lesbian Vampire Killers," and "Happy
Go-Lucky"
Best Comedy Performer: Russell Brand, Lee Evans, Harry Hill, and
Graham Norton.
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Friday, May 8, 2009

The Award Tracey Is To Receive Today

Today's the day that Tracey receives her BAFTA Lifetime Achievement Award. So what does the award look like...


Isle's creative hand behind Ullman award

A Lifetime Achievement Award being handed to Tracey Ullman by Bafta/US tonight (Fri, May 8) was cast by a company in Thanet.

Meltdowns was contacted by the artist commissioned to produce the Charlie Chaplin statue being awarded to Ullman.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is holding the ceremony in Los Angeles.

Director Sarah Craske let KOSMedia in on the secrets behind the statue.

At the company's base in Manston Road, Ramsgate, she said: “The Charlie Chaplin Lifetime Achievement Award for Comedy was designed and created by the acclaimed graphic designer John Tribe, based in Whitstable, with the full support of the Charlie Chaplin Foundation.

"John has been designing and illustrating for over 30 years working on high-profile advertising campaigns as well as television titles. He also designed the BAFTA/LA Britannia Award.

"It was then cast into bronze at our foundry, before being despatched to the awards in Los Angeles.

"It is great to be part of such a high-profile international project, especially one that celebrates great British talent.

"We were also really pleased to get such great feedback from Donald Haber, the executive director of BAFTA/LA, who said that working with us had been a wonderful experience.”

Meltdowns is shortlisted in the category for Best Business in the Creative Industries for the Kent Excellence in Business Awards.

The company is working on other international art projects and offers fine-arts foundry facilities and studios.

It also runs an award-winning bronze-casting course and other education opportunities.

Launched in Ramsgate three years ago, projects have included creating artworks for Royal Caribbean's Cruise Liners, historical statues working with English Heritage and the British Museum, and delivering local art projects working with schools and Kent Adult Education.

The Chaplin award was presented during the festival as part of the 2009 BritWeek celebration.

Nigel Lythgoe, president of BritWeek and chairman of the BAFTA/LA Comedy Festival, said: "We are particularly excited to present our first-ever Charlie Chaplin Lifetime Achievement Award to a true representative of British comedy.”

For more information, visit www.meltdowns.co.uk.
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Wednesday, May 6, 2009