We wish you all Happy Holidays — whatever religion, philosophy or owner’s manual you are following — whatever rocks your boat :
Hopefully you have some time off and spent it with your loved ones.
At the same time we are sending out krypton flashes of hope and empathy around the globe. It’s frightening how tolerance and open mindedness have become ‘uncool’ virtues, it is incomprehensible how Neo-fascim and sexism have become acceptable in our societies (again!) and it is worrisome where all this ignorance and hate towards anyone and anything ‘different from my own bathroom carpet’ is leading to.
In 2017 we will continue producing music for everyone, with everyone, we will enrich our compositions and our playing with elements from all cultures around the world as we always have, and we will embrace the happiness and gratification we will receive from doing so – and pass it on to you. Because that is what art is for.
Let’s rewind a little, in 2013 Marc Munden’s UTOPIA was rewarded the FIPA D’OR by the International Festival of Audiovisual Programs (FIPA) in Biarritz, France. FIPA 2017 will focus on Canadian talent and has invited Cristo to hold a masterclass, a bit in the genre as he did at the “Journée de la Culture” last September. More details will follow!
Having premiered on BBC America in the States last month, Netflix has now announced that it will be bringing the new adaptation of Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency to international audiences from December 11th. Here’s the new poster featuring Samuel Barnett as Dirk and Elijah Wood as Todd Brotzman…
We are working hard to put the album out as soon as possible, please stay tuned !
Channel 4’s new drama about a celebrity accused of historical sex crimes has received glowing reviews, with one critic calling it “utterly compelling”.
National Treasure, writes Jasper Rees in the Telegraph, “feels like a hefty landmark drama” that is “audacious, disturbing but above all elusive”.
The Guardian’s critic concurs, calling it “thoughtful, bold and accomplished“.
Daily Mail: National Treasure was telly perfection (Christopher Stevens)
Robbie Coltrane plays Paul Finchley, an ageing comic accused of raping a woman in the 1990s.
The role, writes Kevin Courtney in The Irish Times, is the former Cracker star’s “most daring and challenging in 20 years”.
The drama draws on recent revelations involving well-known personalities, among them Jimmy Savile, Rolf Harris and Stuart Hall.
According to The Guardian’s Sam Woolaston, “a dark, Yewtree-shaped shadow hangs over” the programme – a reference to Operation Yewtree, the police investigation launched after Savile’s death in 2011.
Written by Jack Thorne, who co-wrote Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the drama also stars Julie Walters as Finchley’s wife and Andrea Riseborough as his daughter.
The former, writes Digital Spy’s Morgan Jeffery, gives a “captivating” performance and is “every bit Coltrane’s match”.
The result, says Brian Donaldson of Scotland’s The List, was “wonderfully tense and atmospheric“.
An average of three million people tuned in on Tuesday to see the first instalment of the four-part series, according to overnight figures.
The second part will be aired on Channel 4 on 27 September at 21:00 BST.
The latest collaboration between Marc Munden and Cristo, penned by no other than Jack Thorne, packed with stellar actors such as Robbie Coltrane, Andrea Riseborough and Julie Walters, will premiere tonight on Channel 4, UK at 9pm.
“Channel 4’s riveting new four-part drama about Paul Finchley, a much-loved veteran comedian whose life falls off a cliff when he is accused of an historic rape, will inevitably prompt reflections on the shocking real-life case of Jimmy Savile.” (The Independent)
The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television has honoured Cristo with a Prix Gémeaux for his original music for Série Noire’s second season!
Huge thanks goes to the members of the academy – we are speechless!
(And because Cristo is so busy all the time, Kim gets to go to all these gala dinners 🙂 )
New York Comic Con 2016:
BBC AMERICA presents the world premiere screening and Q&A for its next original series Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, ahead of its broadcast premiere on October 22. From the studio that brought you The Walking Dead, BBC AMERICA’s Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency is an adaptation of the novels from Douglas Adams (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Doctor Who).
more info here