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The A-List: Victoria & Abdul
director Stephen Frears

By Iain Blair

Much like the royal subjects of his new film Victoria & Abdul and his 2006 offering The Queen (which won him his second Oscar nomination), British director Stephen Frears has long been considered a national treasure. Of course, the truth is that he’s an international treasure.

The director, now 76 years old, has had a long and prolific career that spans some five decades and that has embraced a wide variety of styles, themes and genres. He cut his teeth at the BBC, where he honed his abilities to work with tight budgets and schedules. He made his name in TV drama, working almost exclusively for the small screen in the first 15 years of his career.

In the mid-1980s Frears turned to the cinema, shooting The Hit, which starred Terence Stamp, John Hurt and Tim Roth. The following year he made My Beautiful Laundrette for Channel 4, which crossed over to big screen audiences and altered the course of his career.

Since then, he’s made big Hollywood studio pictures, such as the Oscar-nominated Florence Foster Jenkins, The Grifters and Dangerous Liaisons, as well as Mary Reilly and Hero. But he’s probably as well-known for smaller, grittier vehicles, such as the Oscar-nominated Philomena, Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight, Cheri, Dirty Pretty Things, High Fidelity, Prick Up Your Ears and Snapper, films that provided a rich palette for Frears to explore stories with a strong social and political conscience.

His latest film, Victoria & Abdul, is a drama (spiced with a good dash of comedy) about the unlikely but real-life relationship between Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) and her Muslim Indian servant Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal).

I recently spoke with Frears about making the film, which is already generating a lot of Oscar buzz, especially for Dench.

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Editing 360 Video in VR (Part 2)
By Mike McCarthy

Previewing your work is important, so if you have a VR headset you will want to make sure it is installed and functioning with your editor.

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Digging Deeper: The Mill Chicago’s head of color Luke Morrison

Morrison started at The Mill London, working on music videos and spots. In 2013, he moved to the US to lead The Mill Chicago’s color department.

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Audio post veteran Paul
Rodriguez has passed away

Post pros bike to raise
cancer awareness, money

Deb Oh joins Nylon Studios from agency Y&R

VFX company Kevin
launches in Los Angeles

Neill Blomkamp and team
use Unity 2017 on ADAM

Cabin opens in Santa Monica focusing on editing, VFX

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