Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Cancer Research UK Carol Concert (2012)

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December 11, 2012: 

More than 1,000 guests attended the Cancer Research UK Carol Concert at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. After the concert, VIP guests are were invited to an intimate buffet in the crypt of the Cathedral. This event has raised more than £2 million to fund research into finding cures and kinder treatments for children, teenagers, and young adults with cancer. 

Several famous attendees included Edward Fox, Robert Bathurst, Edward Stourton, Tom Hiddleston, Paterson Joseph, and Juliet Stevenson. Princess Alexandra serves as Joint-President of Cancer Research UK. 

The celebrity guests led the audience in singing Once in Royal David's City, a Christmas carol based on the Cecil Frances Alexander's poem. 

1, Once in royal David’s city
Stood a lowly cattle shed,
Where a mother laid her baby
In a manger for his bed:
Mary was that mother mild,
Jesus Christ her little child.
2. He came down to earth from heaven,
Who is God and Lord of all,
And his shelter was a stable,
And his cradle was a stall;
With the poor, and mean, and lowly,
Lived on earth our Savior holy.
3. And our eyes at last shall see him,
Through his own redeeming love;
For that child so dear and gentle
Is our Lord in heav’n above,
And he leads his children on
To the place where he is gone.

Tom also read a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The specific name of the poem wasn't printed but given the event it was most likely I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day.  

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play, 
and wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom 
Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
Till ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime,
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South, 
And with the sound
The carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth-stones of a continent,
And made forlorn
The households born
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
And in despair I bowed my head;
"There is no peace on earth," I said; 
"For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!"
Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth He sleep; 
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men."

*Bonus tidbit: During his time in Cambridge Tom starred in Romeo & Juliet alongside Lydia Fox who is Edward Fox's niece. Bonus, Bonus Tidbit: A review for the play:"Tom Hiddleston made a convincing and likeable lovesick Romeo but was at times overshadowed by the energy and bravado of Jot Davies as Mercutio. Lydia Fox at times came across as a slightly nonchalant Juliet. It was difficult to believe she was head over heels in love with Romeo but she brought out the humour in many of her lines." Bonus, Bonus, Bonus Tidbit: Lydia is now married to Richard Ayoade who voiced Treebor in Early Man. 


Tom Hiddleston wore his navy, three-piece Giorgio Armani suit. 


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Monday, December 10, 2018

GOSH: Christmas Stocking Appeal (2018)

December 7, 2018: 

Tom Hiddleston made a special visit to the Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in London. GOSH is the UK's leading Children's hospital and has the widest ranges of specialties in the country. 

Tom's visit was in support of the Christmas Stocking Appeal. This appeal encourages members of the public to send a message of hope and support to children and families at GOSH over Christmas, and to make a donation to the charity to help fund its vital work. The messages are printed onto little paper stockings which are displayed around the hospital, and featured on a digital display in the run up to Christmas to let the families at GOSH know people are thinking about them. 

Below you can see Tom with one of the Appeal Stockings and well as with several of the patients including Sarah (17), Aaditya (12), and Shifa (11). 

Submitting a message for the Christmas Stocking Appeal is very simple and FREE - so I expect everyone reading this to participate and fill the hospital up with love with Christmas! All you have do is visit the Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity Website and type a short message (less than 80 characters). If you need a few tips on what to write you can always scroll through some of the other messages. The messaging system will be open all the way up into Christmas Day but GOSH encourages you to get your messages in early so it can be seen by the most children.  (Be warned that your message will not immediately be viewable and can take up to three days before it is shown on the website). 

You are not required to make a donation in order to write a message but if you are able - please consider sending some support. GOSH conveniently allows you to donate either by credit/debit card or via paypal. You can also donate by phone at (+44) 020 3841 3131. You do not need to be a UK resident. 

Before he left, Tom also took the time to meet with and thank the nursing staff


Great Ormond Street Hospital
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Friday, December 7, 2018

High-Rise: Laing's Descent (2016)

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In High-Rise Tom Hiddleston stars as Robert Laing, a young doctor who moves into a luxury skyscraper rife with classism that eventually descends into violent chaos. 

Tom's wardrobe in the film is limited but - possibly more than in any other film - the clothes themselves are a key component of story. They distinguish between the upper class and lower class, and as the social order breaks down so do the clothes. The film is set in the 1970s so the costume designer, Odile Hicks-Mireaux, and her team had the task of finding items that were appropriate for the time period but didn't seem like a "parody". 

Here is a look at the High-Rise costumes on display at the Picturehouse Cinema in London. 

The Suit:

For the vast majority of the film Tom Hiddleston is seen wearing a grey herringbone suit. 

Dicks-Mireaux based his look on George Lazenby as James Bond in 1969's in On Her Majesty's Secret Service: 

"Tom was one of the very first people I met and I had decided to base it on the George Lazenby look from 1969 because Ben had said he wanted this narrow tie and not the seventies tie. So I had to do that crossover from sixties to seventies so he has a much longer jacket. It seems to work. He’s got a smaller shirt and smaller tie but still quite a wide lapel and a very long jacket with slight flair. I kind of explained to him what I wanted and he went to the fitting and he had to wear it quite a bit before, just to get used to the whole feel of it. It’s the way he works."

The last statement is very true! Tom showed similar dedication during prep for I Saw The Light by wearing his Buckaroo Hat 24/7, even while exercising. 

The crucial look was created by Chris Kerr, who has extensive experience with creating period items for films (Legend, Their Finest, Yardie). He took the direction from the costume designer and put his own spin on it: 

"The idea was that Laing's style looked correct for 1975 but as a young doctor would dress in this period. The 70's is all too easy to become over styled but this wasn't to be the case for Laing. We looked at real pieces from the period as well as photo references."

All together Chris Kerr created three full versions of the suit and several extra pairs of trousers. The costume department then gradually destroyed the suit to match the deterioration within the film. Tom himself was a huge fan of the suit, saying afterwards "I tried it on and it reminded me of the '70s..." and even kept a pair of the trousers after filming was completed.  

Here's a look at the transformation and breakdown of Laing. 

The tie was created by Peckham Rye, the Black Pin Spot. Tom told the BFI that his character Laing, has a special relationship with his tie. It is the final piece of civilized society that he symbolically abandons in the film. 

The Party: 

For a dinner party scene Tom wears a vintage '70s velvet suit from Angels Costumes. Angels was established in 1840 and has supplied costumes to 37 Best Costume Design Academy Award winners. In 2016 they were awarded the BAFTA for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema. The scene is significant because Laing is invited by Royal, the head architect of the High-Rise, and isn't told that it's a 18th Century costume party as a social experiment. This is Laing's first direct glimpse of the ugly side of the occupants within the building. 


Workout Wear: 

There are also several scenes where Laing can be seen exercising or playing Squash. Tom is wearing 1970s vintage Lacoste polo and shorts. His shoes are also from another French brand, The Kooples. But instead of vintage, these shoes were actually available from their S/S 2014 collection.  

Can Nothing Be A Costume? 

There's an endless debate about whether nudity is necessary in film or simply gratuitous but in High-Rise it serves a very important purpose and sets up the rest of the film. It's Laing's one carefree moment.  Tom on the significance of the sunbathing scene: 

"Laing moves into a high rise to get away from the entanglements of real life. He's actually recovering from a family trauma and he's looking forward to the anonymity and the clean, clinical space of his apartment. The first thing he does is he takes his clothes off and he sunbathes in the nude. And then that piece is interrupted immediately and he is never naked again. His way of exercising control is to stay clothed."

From then on even in his intimate moments Laing keeps his suit on. In the beginning Laing is shown as completely fastidious; showering multiple times, incredibly organized, and keeping to a strict timetable. He declares that he is determined to get everything right. But as the High-Rise devolves around him, his suit becomes his protection and his identity. - as Chris Kerr states "this makes you identify the breakdown of his character and the society in the tower whilst still being Dr. Laing". 

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Royal Visit to BFI Southbank (2018)

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December 6, 2018: 

Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales celebrated 40 years as Patron of the British Film Institute (BFI) with a star studded gathering at BFI Southbank. During his visit Charles was shown archival footage of from the BFI's Peter Sellers collection. 

In 2015, Tom Hiddleston was announced as the first Ambassador for the BFI so he was the first guest to greet the Prince. Charles told Tom that he enjoyed the watching Night Manager. Tom also spoke about the important of the work being done by the BFI: 
"The reason I believe in the BFI is because I believe in film as an art form. It began as a physical art form, it's a chemical process, it's capturing life with light. The prints of early film work that have enabled the art form to become what it's become, light, sound, movement, are preserved by the BFI and without it we would lose it. So the silent Hitchcocks, the prints of Lawrence of ARabia, Brief Encounter (by) David Lean, all British film is standing on the shoulders of those titans so the preservation of that material is as important as preserving the work of the National Portrait Gallery and the Tate, it's part of our national heritage." 

Other attendees included Hayley Atwell, David Oyelowo, and Ruth Wilson.

Some fun images of HRH cutting the cake. 


Tom Hiddleston is wearing his Pre Fall 2015 Alexander McQueen suit


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