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Ang Lee: actors discovered and re-discovered with Ellen Cheshire

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Find out more about the actors whose breakthrough role was in an Ang Lee movie and the actors whose finest work has been in one of films

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Ang Lee has directed 11 feature films since 1991, from his trilogy of films drawing on Taiwanese upbringing, through to his groundbreaking (if not always successful) use of the latest technology in films such as Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk and Gemini Man. Along the way he’s captivated audiences with his visions of Regency Britain in Sense and Sensibility, America of the 1960s and 1970s with films Brokeback Mountain, Taking Woodstock and The Ice Storm, and grand epic adventures such Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Hulk and Life of Pi. In this talk Ellen Cheshire will provide an overview of this genre-hopping director whilst focusing on what connects them, extraordinary performances. Whilst offering an overview of Ang Lee's career, there will be a focus look at the young actors whose breakthrough performances where in an Ang Lee movie, and established actors whose work for Lee may well be amongst their greatest work.

Ellen Cheshire wrote the first book on Ang Lee in 2001, and this year she has substanitally revised and updated it as In the Scene: Ang Lee. Ellen has also written books on Jane Campion, Audrey Hepburn, The Coen Brothers and Bio-Pics, and contributed to books on silent cienma, Charlie Chaplin, James Bond, counterculture, war movies and an A Level Film text book.

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