Top Director to give talk at St. Michaels

Man who "found" Harry Potter gives advice on how to get ahead in the theatre, film and television

Simon Curtis, who gave the Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe his first film role as the young David Copperfield, will next week give budding actors and directors advice on how to get ahead in the theatre, film and television. He's discussing his career and taking questions on Wednesday evening, June 18th, as part of the Bedford Park Festival. He lives in Bedford Park with his wife, the actress Elizabeth McGovern, and their two children.

Simon has produced or directed many of the world's top actors, including John Gielgud, Alec Guinness, Maggie Smith, John Malkovich, Kenneth Branagh, Vanessa Redgrave, Judi Dench, Jeremy Irons, Ian McKellen and Hugh Grant. He directed the BBC's star-studded David Copperfield and Man and Boy (which was filmed locally), and is about to make a BBC film about Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson.

For several years he worked at the Royal Court Theatre, and he's also directed at the Royal National Theatre, the Hampstead Theatre and on Broadway.

Simon will be telling anecdotes and showing clips from his work, in conversation with the BBC's media correspondent Torin Douglas, starting at 8pm in St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall, near Turnham Green tube station.

Tickets - £10, or £5 for students - are available on the door, or can be booked in advance on 020 8992 7347. Like all the Festival events, it is raising money for the St Mary's Convent & Nursing Home Appeal.

The money raised from this year's Bedford Park Festival is going to St Mary's Convent & Nursing Home Appeal.

For more details and a full Festival programme, contact the parish office of St Michael & All Angels Church on 020 8994 1380, or visit the Festival Website

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