Thursday, July 28, 2016

La Fanciulla del West (2012)

La Fanciulla del West – Italian title

A 2012 Swedish production [Royal Swedish Opera House Orchestra, Wiener Staatsoper (Stockholm)]
Directors: Christof Loy, Hannes Rossacher
Story: David Belasco
Teleplay: Guelfo Civinini, Carlo Zangarini
Photography: [color]
Music: Giacomo Puccini
Running time: 136 minutes

Ashby - Michael Schmidberger
Bello - Linus Borjesson
Billy Jackrabbit - Alar Pintsaar
Dick Johnson - Aleksandrs Antonenko
Happy Kristian Flor
Harry - Conny Thimander
Jack Rance – John Lundgren
Jake Wallace - John Erick Eleby
Joe – Magnus Kyhle
Jose Castro - Anton Eriksson
Larkens - Ian Power
Minnie - Nina Stemme
Nick - Niklas Bjorling Rygert
Pony Express Rider - Jon Nilsson
Sid - Gunnar Lundberg
Sonora - Ola Eliasson
Trin - Karl Rombo
Wowkle - Agneta Lundgren
Conductor - Pier Giorgio Morandi

The production places the action believably in the period of an American gold-rush camp as Puccini intended and the costuming is consistent with an early Hollywood western of the period. This cinematic connection is further established with the use of sepia toned filmed close-ups of the interaction between main characters at intervals mostly projected against the groove and tongued saloon walls of the main setting.

Special Birthdays

Remo DeAngelis (actor, stuntman, master of arms) is 90 today. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Who Are Those Gals? ~ Jocelyn Broderick

Jocelyn Broderick was born in Johannesburg, South Africa on June 23, 1962. She is a South African actress, writer and corporate facilitator best known for her starring role as the female lead Lilian Cubitt in the 1986 feature film “Jock of the Bushveld”. She is also known for her starring role as Nina Bekker in the kykNET soap opera ‘Getroud metRugby: Die Sepie’.

Jocelyn graduated from the University of Natal-Pietermaritzburg with a BA in Drama and English. She then went on to join the now-defunct performing arts council PACT's English and Afrikaans drama companies. It was here that she got involved with creating new works and compilations and workshopping productions like the opening of the Momentum Theatre at the then State Theatre, and co-wrote music with Didi Kriel for the award-winning Total Claim. She also musically directed the Momentum opening as well as the cabaret Café Decadenza.

After three years in PACT's permanent company, Jocelyn went freelance. The bulk of her early work was as an actress and singer working in theatre, television, film, cabaret, theatre sports, industrial theatre and corporate theatre.

Theatre productions in which she has played leading roles include “Ek Onthou vir Mamma”, directed by Louis van Niekerk; “Brothers of the Head”, directed by Nigel Vermaas, “Die Potlooddief en die Engel”, directed by Louis van Niekerk; “Four Stops on the Northern Line”, directed by Alan Swerdlow; “Peril at End House”, directed by Rex Garner, “Hamloet”, directed by Murray McGibbon; and “The Glass Menagerie”, directed by Karoly Pinter. Jocelyn has also had supporting roles in numerous theatre productions including “Macbeth”, “Hamlet Machine”, “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead”, “Hotel Paradiso” and “Dood van 'n Handelsreisiger”, among many others.

In 1987 she guest starred as a cabaret artist in the first season of the TV1 drama series ‘Ballade Vir 'n Enkeling’. Other television series she has appeared in include ‘Reap The Whirlwind’, ‘Arende’, ‘Tropical Heat’ (known as ‘Sweating Bullets’ in the U.S.A.), ‘Suburban Bliss’, ‘Egoli’, ‘You Be The Judge’, ‘Homelands’, ‘Rhodes’ and ‘Natural Rhythm’. Jocelyn's numerous TV credits also include roles in ‘Orpen House’, ‘Swart Kat’,  ‘Jo'burg Blues’, ‘Soul City’, ‘28 Degrees South’, ‘The Res’, ‘Villa Rosa’, ‘Zero Tolerance’, ‘Heartlines’, ‘Snitch, Jozi-H’ and ‘Wild at Heart’.

Films she has acted in include “My Daughter's Keeper”, “Arende”, “The Last Leprechaun”, “Africa”, “Merlin: The Return”, “Slash”, “Hooded Angels”, “A Case of Murder”, “Number 10”, “Au Pair”, “Toothman & Killer”, “Lenny”, “The Unique Oneness of Christian Savage” and “Heroes”.

She later co-started a company with fellow industry professionals Judy Ditchfield (her sister) and Charlotte Butler called Performance Role Play Training (PRPT), in which they do training and facilitation using professional business role players in their training.

In January 2016 she began filming on the kykNET soapie ‘Getroud met Rugby: Die Sepie’ (Married to Rugby: The Soapie), based on Deon Opperman's film and television drama series of the same name.

Sister Judy Ditchfield also appeared in “Hooded Angels” as the old whore.

Today Jocelyn is a director at Performance Role Play Training and the owner of The Perfect Pitch/Self.

BRODERICK, Jocelyn [6/23/1962, Johannesburg, South Africa -     ] – stage, film, TV actress, sister of actress Judy Ditchfield (Judith Angela Broderick) [1963-    ].
Hooded Angels – 2002 (woman hostage)

Special Birthdays

Keenan Wynn (actor) would have been 100 today, he died in 1986.

Eduard Gómez Manzano (actor) is 65 today.

Steven G. Tyler (actor) would have been 60 today, he died in 2007.