Before anything else, there are two events at which Kenneth Branagh will be present and which you can "attend". The first is For One Knight Only - "Sir Kenneth Branagh hosts a quatrain of Dames and Knights of the realm for an evening of intimate chat, with you as the guests". This will be on Sunday 29 November from 7 pm to 8:30 pm (UK time). Click on the link for more info and to purchase tickets.
There will also be an other event featuring Ken: THe Nolan Variations: the Movies, Mysteries and Marvels of Christopher Nolan, "in conversation with acclaimed writer and director Kenneth Branagh". This will be on Wednesday 2 December at 12:00 PST. Click on the link to sign up for free.
One can only say that the chance to see Kenneth Branagh at these events is a slight upside to the whole mess of the pandemic.
A few other things....
Very sad news about the passing of John Sessions. You can hear a tribute from Ken on Last Word.
Here's a short notice about a new gig:
Kenneth Branagh & Olivia Cooke Voicing Animation ‘Fireheart’ From Deadline :
By Tom Grater
Kenneth Branagh (Death On The Nile), Olivia Cooke (Ready Player One), Laurie Holden (The Walking Dead), and William Shatner are voicing the lead characters in animated family adventure Fireheart.
Anton (Paddington) is backing the project and will unveil first footage at AFM in partnership with CAA; the pic has sold out internationally. eOne has key rights for Australia, UK, Germany, Spain, Benelux and Canada.
Set in New York in the roaring twenties, Fireheart tells the story of a young girl aspiring to be the world’s first female firefighter who, refusing to let others define her, heroically fights for her dream.
A random old news bit... You can listen to a snippet of the audiobook:
Death on the Nile | Kenneth Branagh Reads the Hercule Poirot Story
Listen to an extract from the all new digital audio edition of 'Death on the Nile' narrated by Kenneth Branagh, director and star of 20th Century Studios’ upcoming 'Death on the Nile' feature film, in cinemas this October. In this famous Agatha Christie mystery, Hercule Poirot’s Egyptian adventure aboard a glamorous river steamer descends into a terrifying search for a murderer, with enough twists and turns to keep you unsettled and guessing until the final, shocking discovery. Kenneth Branagh reprises both his directorial role and that of the iconic detective in the upcoming film adaptation of 'Death on the Nile'. Listen to the book this summer, and see the thrilling mystery come to life on the big screen this December!
That's it for now. Will be back...
(26 November, thanks Jude, Ngoc, Renie)
Branagh Bunch... so the 12th of November presented us with a lovely interview with Sir Kenneth and the kind people from the Belfast Media Festival have provided "an edited version" here. Enjoy!
You can read a bit more about 'Belfast' in a new article.
More to come!
(13 November 2020, thanks Jude, Ngoc)
Keen Kenners... you can read about Ken appearing in Belfast on 12 November here.
Even better - you can "be" at the Belfast Media Festival 2020 Virtual Q&A by signing up. The Q&A will be at 12:30 pm, Belfast time (7:30 am in North America and 1:30 pm in Europe). You must enter your information on the Festival's website here: http://belfastmediafestival.co.uk/?mc_cid=b20b2466b5&mc_eid=cdcf996285 and you should receive an email, promising to send you a special access code 48 hours prior to the Q&A.
In "catching up with older stuff".... you can watch a WONDERFUL documentary about the filming of The Magic Flute here.
There is more (older stuff) but I'll put this up now so you can sign up for Belfast!
(7 November 2020, thanks Jude, Ngoc)
Greetings Ken-fans. A few new things are finally posted. One day we'll be back on track - for now it's haphazard but the intention is there. You can see a Tenet page which includes a poster gallery. There are a few new articles (with others to come) here.
Back soon I hope!
(4 October 2020, thanks Jude, Jane, Berni)
Ken-keeners! All our wishes are to be fulfilled! Ken is working on Belfast, which he has described as “my most personal film”. You can read short articles here, here and here.
There are also a couple of articles relating to Death on the Nile, here and here.
A couple of things have been added on the Tenet page.
And more to come in general!
(8 September, thanks Jude, Berni, Emma, Ngoc)
Hello Ken-Friends! Adding articles, which you can see here. There is also a page for Tenet. More to come!
(30 August, thanks Jude, Isabel, Renie, Ngoc)
Hello Ken-keeners! Have added some new articles, Tenet is arriving! Find them here, marked with .
(21 June, thanks Jude, Jane, Renie, Ngoc)
Hello Ken-fans! Still not dead! Hoping to get back into the swing of things, but no promises. For now : some articles about Artemis Fowl, as well as a bunch of others from 2019 - here, marked with .
Lots more to come!
(21 June, thanks Jude, Jane, Renie, Ngoc)
Keen Ken-ners! Random stuff I have come across in the last while.... Click here to see a fun pick of Josh Gad with KB.
And here to see a photo from the set of Tenet... and a chance to marvel at Mr. B's amazing calves. :-D
On 30 January 2018, when Ken was awarded the Freedom of Belfast, BBC Northern Ireland put up this short tribute.
From an interview with Tony Slattery in July 2019 (Review: Great Yorkshire Fringe, Tony Slattery, July 24):
Tony Slattery sat down with comedy chronicler Robert Ross to discuss his life and times.
Having read the Guardian interview with Slattery in March, I attended the talk with a pre-conceived notion that Ross would be acting like a baby sitter – or to put it more respectfully, a guide – in case Slattery broke down or got lost in his fascinating and bewildering stream of consciousness.
Instead, I was pleasantly surprised to hear a plethora of hilarious anecdotes as he divulged on-set secrets that included calling Kenneth Branagh “the campest and yet most ferocious director he had ever worked with” and Emma Thompson’s “pretentiousness” (perhaps her birth as a Hollywood star) on the set of 'Peter’s Friends'.
Another mention... from an article on the seemingly-never-going-to-happen film of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society :
"...Driving us through the same countryside I visited yesterday - past streets that form an integral part of the story - Girard adds that the producers and actors expended a great deal of time and effort to get it right. She knows, because she personally spent hours showing them arounleads Lily James and Michiel Huisman, and even the great Kenneth Branagh, who was, for a time, attached as director. “When I had him in my car, I just smiled to myself the whole time,” she remembers."
A video interview on Yahoo Entertainment : Kenneth Branagh on Shakespeare in the Age of Trump
I have added another load of articles but won't list them all here. You'll find them with the flag.
I'm hoping to get firmly on the path to catching up (with fingers crossed but no promises as to speed or efficiency). I won't give up!
(21 February, thanks, Jude, Renie)
Dear Ken-Friends, not going to go on about not being dead yet (though I'm not). No more promises - can't seem to keep them - but updates as I manage to get them together.
So today, the main news is the lovely thank you from Kenneth Branagh in response to the Ken-Friends annual fundraising effort. You can see the message here and read about the 21 years of fundraising our gang has done.
There are also some "new" (to the Compendium) articles here (flagged as "New").
I hope to be back soon!
(7 January, thanks Jude, Jane)