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GoSee presents GOT star Lena Headey's, aka HRH Cersei Lanister, debut as a director - represented as a special project by The Graft – with the video for the British singer-songwriter celebrated by critics, Freya Riding, featuring Maisie Williams aka Arya Stark

“The new Adele......Freya Ridings is the voice of 2019” – The Times

“This singer brings classical precision and raw emotion to celestial pop” – GQ

“An extraordinary talent” – Sunday Times Culture

“The most exciting rising talent in UK Music……she’s a superstar in waiting” – The Sun

After the huge success of ‘Lost Without You’, Freya Ridings established herself as Britain’s biggest breakthrough artist, and now she kicks off 2019 with the release of her new single ‘You Mean The World To Me’ out today on Good Soldier. The outstanding accompanying video was directed by the Golden Globe-nominated Game of Thrones star Lena Headey (Cersei Lanister). Her Game of Thrones co-star, Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), stars alongside Freya in the beautifully shot and emotional video.

“I had such an emotional response to Freya’s voice and the song. We had a few versions of this video, some were considered too dark; I think we achieved a version that allows us to see Freya in a raw emotional performance. And the family element is what the song is all about.” – Lena Headey

Produced by Greg Kurstin (Adele/Sia/Liam Gallagher/Pink) and mixed by Tom Elmhirst (Adele, Amy Winehouse), the stunning new ballad ‘You Mean The World To Me’ was originally written by Freya in her front room about a time when her mum was unwell.

Freya explains, “When I heard that Lena Headey and Maisie Williams wanted to work on the music video for the new single, I was beyond humbled. This is a hugely personal and emotional song for me – I’m just in awe of the emotionally intelligent strong women that worked on it, which also reflects the woman it was originally written about – my mum”.

Freya has just embarked on her biggest sold-out headline tour to date with over 14,000 tickets sold – it kicked off in Cork and includes a date at London’s Roundhouse on 11th March 2019. Plus, Freya has been confirmed to play at all the big festivals this Summer, including Isle Of Wight, Latitude and Wilderness.

Freya’s talents have already been recognized by a variety of influential fans; a collaboration with British fashion designer Richard Quinn at London Fashion Week this month; a performance in the US on The Late Late Show with James Corden at the beginning of the year; TV appearances in the UK on Sports Personality of the Year, Stand Up To Cancer and Top of the Pops; and an invitation to feature on the MJ Cole track ‘Waking Up’. Freya’s single ‘Lost Without You’ was added to BBC Radio 1, Radio 2 and Capital FM playlist, played by Heart, Smooth FM and Bauer network, and she was the No.1 artist in the Independent singles chart in 2018.

A hymn to lost love and regret, ‘Lost Without You’ has now had over 100 million streams, it peaked at Number 9 in the Official Chart and stayed in the Top 10 for 8 weeks. The last time a female artist hit the Top 10 with a song 100% written by themselves was in 2012 with a re-charting of Kate Bush’s ‘Running Up That Hill’. Freya is also only the second British artist in chart history to re-enter the Top 10 on 4 different occasions and has now been in the Official Charts for over 6 months.

About - Freya Rose Ridings (born 19 April 1994) is an English singer-songwriter. She is best known for her 2017 single "Lost Without You", which peaked at number nine on the UK Singles Chart. She performed the song live on the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards show in 2018 and also on The Greatest Dancer in 2019. Ridings was raised in North London and grew up in Palmers Green. She is the daughter of actor and musician Richard Ridings, she learned guitar from watching him play.

A first list of live dates right here :

1st Dolans Warehouse, Limerick
2nd Olympia Theatre, Dublin
4th The Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow
5th University, Newcastle
7th Albert Hall, Manchester
8th University, Leeds
9th o2 Institute, Birmingham
11th Roundhouse, London
12th Junction, Cambridge
13th SWX, Bristol

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01.03.2019 // show complete article

Get that pink perspective and 'LIVE ROSE TINTED' – Vicky LAWTON c/o THE GRAFT London directs the CHAMBORD campaign spot for the Holiday Season '18/'19

Now is absolutely the time to add a splash of color to your drink and an itty-bitty adjustment in perspective towards the hue of pink – naturally accompanied by the liqueur from CHAMBORD: Live Rose Tinted! The brand new spot was created by Vicky Lawton, Director and Photographer c/o THE GRAFT and TONIC REPS, who asks you to stop waiting for an occasion and stage them yourself instead. And join in – with a cold mixed drink, underscored by a touch of deliciously luxurious berry liqueur from France.

"To match the flavorsome taste of the liqueur, Vicky created and captured a sumptuous lite-brite pop landscape, some seriously chic styling and an effervescent performance from the two main Chambord ladies." THE GRAFT lets us know.

Vicky on the spot: “Working with Creative Director Caroline Paris at Brave and the team at Chambord was a gorgeous experience. I enjoyed the whole process from developing the storyboard with some unique transitions to crafting the color palette and stylized lighting. The campaign is sophisticated, ever-so-chic, and has that certain Chambord je ne sais quoi. I love it!”

From now on, Chambord will certainly no longer be seen as just the luxurious – and you have to admit – fabulous extra drop in drinks at uber-exclusive events. No! It’s the splash of deliciousness in every moment. Whether a quiet night in or at the party of the year – because hey, we are the event!

“Chambord is a simple way to give daily life a dash of vibrancy by adding color, flavor and fun to the norm. Which is why we created a super-chic and stylish campaign aimed at inspiring people to live with the very same attitude: to Live Rose Tinted. Every creative touchpoint is a positive way to see the world with Chambord's ‘pink perspective’ and to break the familiarity of routine by putting an optimistic spin on life’s everyday moments.” Caroline Paris, Creative Director, Brave.

So get ready to put a bit more pink into your life and do what Chambord recommends: Live Rose Tinted.

About - Chambord Liqueur is a 16.5% abv raspberry liqueur modeled after a liqueur produced in the Loire Valley of France during the late 17th century. The Chambord brand has been owned and produced by the Brown-Forman Corporation since 2006. Chambord is produced in the Loire Valley from red and black raspberries, Madagascar vanilla, Moroccan citrus peel, honey and cognac. Whole raspberries and blackberries are steeped in French spirits for a period of several weeks to produce a fruit infusion. In 2006, the Chambord product brand was acquired by the Brown-Forman Corporation.
04.12.2018 // show complete article

20 Things You Didn’t Know about Dan Cadan – Author, Director, Father, ... and now under contract at London-based agency The Graft

Director Dan CADAN is now under contract at London-based agency THE GRAFT. Born on 2 January 1975 in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England,  he celebrated the debut of his film 'Walk Like a Panther' in Manchester this March. At his side was his fiance, the actress Lena Headey. Dan Cadan started his career as a runner on the set of Guy Ritchie's film 'Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels' and moved up to become his personal assistant for the film ' Snatch'.

Dan Cadan, who has also made a name for himself as an author, works on a series of additional projects with Madonna – for instance as  Second Unit Director of her documentary entitled 'I‘m Going to Tell You a Secret' from 2005. For Madonna's concert film 'Madonna: Sticky & Sweet Tour', he was Camera Operator, and as co-author he contributed to her film 'Filth and Wisdom'.

Dan Cadan celebrated successes with his wrestler film comedy 'Walk Like a Panther', about a group of over-the-hill wrestling stars from the 80s who slipped into their Lycra outfits again to save their beloved pub.  We took the opportunity to share 20 facts with you about Dan Cadan here on GoSee that not too many will know.

1: He was a film lover from an early age.
“I remember watching Jaws when I was about 7 and An American Werewolf in London, (which my gran turned off, not because of the humans being torn apart but because of the swearing). I went to visit my dad in Paris, and he went out but left a couple of films to keep me entertained – one of which was The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. These films had a profound effect on me but in a good way. I was scared, but it was a fear that I enjoyed. Even at that age, I knew that I wanted to be part of whatever process went into making the magic that I felt that I was watching.”

2: He had a number of odd jobs on his way to the top.
“After school, I worked in Laser Quest, Huddersfield Job Centre, Harvey Nichols when it opened in Leeds. When I was about 17, I met someone who was to become my best friend in the world and eventually the mother of my second child, and things started to change. I left Yorkshire and did temping work in London – I did all the things that people do when they’re trying to make it at doing something else.”

3: And his mum and gran were his biggest supporters.
“When I was at school in Huddersfield, there was no one to tell me about film school. In fact, I think only Beaconsfield was seriously teaching film back then. I was pretty good at English Language, and every project I did would always wind up relating to film. My teachers didn’t discourage me from my dream of working in film, but I didn’t really find myself encouraged either. But my mum never stifled me or told me that I wouldn’t or couldn’t find a way. She and my grandma taught me that if I truly believed, I could.”

4: He believes in love at first sight.
“It happened to me 25 years ago, and that same love is stronger today than it has ever been. When you find someone willing to hold up the mirror, the one that helps you truly see inside yourself (and if you can find the comfort with that person to take a long, hard look), well that’s it. Job done.

5: He quit a successful job to go and work for peanuts for Guy Ritchie.

“Along with temping, I was writing for magazines in London and making decent money – but out of the blue, I got a call from Jason Flemyng who told me that he’d just done a film with Vinnie Jones, and they needed a runner in the office for a week, paying £30 a day. This was a major crossroads in my life: Do I carry on earning decent dough (which could have been a constant) or do I take a chance on realizing a dream to work in film, albeit for one week and £150? I walked out of my job that day and into Guy Ritchie and Matthew Vaughn’s SKA Films office at 98 Wardour Street, where I worked on the post production of Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. When my first week was up, Guy asked me to go back for another week, and the rest is history!”

6: He wound up writing with Guy Ritchie at Sting’s country house.
“After Lock Stock came out, I remember Matthew Vaughn telling Guy that he needed to start work on the next script, and Sting and Trudie (Styler) were offering him their country pile lake house to use to write from. Guy said, “alright, but I want to take Dan”, and I just froze. I remember I was washing up at the time, and I must have scrubbed the pattern right off the mug because I couldn’t believe it. Matthew said, “why do you want to take him?” and Guy replied, “because he’s a funny c*nt, and I want him to come.” Next thing, me, Guy and Jason Statham are writing at Sting’s house, probably the biggest house I’ve ever seen.”

7: He learned a lot from working with Guy.
One of the main things I learned from Guy was how to run a set while still having a laugh. He’s the type of director that you’re able to offer ideas, and he will be honest in his response. He’ll either knock it back straight away because he didn’t like it or listen, likely expand upon it and implement it.”

8: He came up with Brad Pitt’s Snatch entrance scene.
“In Snatch, Brad Pitt was supposed to be introduced, tinkering under the bonnet of a Mitsubishi Shogun, but I suggested to Guy, “why don’t we just have him crouched behind the car taking a shit. Guy agreed and in the name of art, Brad dropped his strides.”

9: This is the film he doesn’t get sick of.
True Romance, an absolute classic.

10: No one can do Brit humor but the Brits.
“I think, with regard to characterization in British film, we are brilliant at two things: one, not taking ourselves too seriously, and two, taking ourselves just seriously enough. Which I think is so important. We have fantastic talent and a real bravery in filmmaking.

11: He’s got some big inspirations.
“I feel like it’s obvious, but I have to say Spielberg because of the effect Jaws had on me. I also love Wes Anderson because he’s so visually arresting without being gimmicky and gets incredible performances out of his cast. Midnight Run is a favorite film of mine. So for that reason, I’d have to say Martin Brest too.

12: But he’d like to go for a drink with this guy.
If I could go for a drink with anyone, it would be Quentin Tarantino, just for the mayhem. I’d just sit there, pull his string and let him talk.

13: His muses have remained the same throughout his career.
Stephen Graham and Lena Headey (= his fiance and British actress, who gained international fame with her roles in films such as Brothers Grimm and 300 as well as in TV series including Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and as Cersei in Game of Thrones) are my muses. Stevie, because he and I have been through a lot, misbehaving and behaving for so many years. He inspires me because of his ability to be anything, he’s incredible, and he’s become one of the greatest dads you’ll ever know. And Lena just because of her desire to go where most people won’t. I’ll tell you what it is: Both of those guys have so much life experience to draw from because they have seen and done things that a lot of actors will never experience. And they are better at their art for it. They have that rare ability to be raw, totally stripped bare; they have zero fear, and that is quite something. Can I also add that Hannah Walters, Steve’s wife, is a phenomenal actress. Criminally untapped but her time will come.

14: He learned a lot about himself when making his debut film, Walk Like A Panther.
The first thing I learned is that I can actually direct a film. Your average film has 20 speaking roles, but I had 60, 200 extras and a whole crew, and it felt like the most natural thing in the world for me. The second thing I learned is that when you’re making a film, with a big studio or not and regardless of the hours you need to work, regardless of where you are filming, remember your family. It’s just a film. At times, I handled that badly, maybe because it was such a personal film, and I was so invested. So I became blinkered. It was a mistake, but I learned from it, and I know it won’t happen again. I’m a man who has always believed that family comes first, and it seems that with WLAP, I ignored my own belief.

15: Walk Like A Panther was like a walk down memory lane for him.
It was such a personal film. The location where I was first punched in the face is in the film, as is the actual living room where I used to watch wrestling with my grandma as a kid.

16: One of his next projects will be about a trio of serial killers.
“I’ve been speaking to people about a horrendous story of three serial killers that operated in the same area of downtown British Columbia in Canada between the 1960’s and 000’s. Gilbert Paul Jordan, who would force feed alcohol to his victims until they died, the sadistic child killer Clifford Olson and probably the most infamous, Robert Pickton, a pig farmer who allegedly killed over 40 people. Think Silence of the Lambs meets Mindhunters meets True Detective (Season 1 of course!).”

17: This is the item he’d save from a burning building.

“Can you please make sure to say I wasn’t allowed to say my family! As far as inanimate objects go, it would be a greeting card featuring a drawing by Ralph Steadman of Hunter S Thompson as Dr Gonzo. Before his death, Hunter shot the image of Dr Gonzo through the mouth and then he signed it, dated it, circled the .22 bullet hole and wrote “good” on it.”

18: Disrespecting women is one of the things that makes him the most angry.
“I was raised by women. Women carry so much, suffer so much, deal with so much, create so much, and they do all this and more whilse still being able to love so much. Don’t get me wrong, fellas do their fare share but we seem to still be under the misconception that women are not our equal. Give me a fucking break.”

19: This is the advice that he’ll pass on to his daughters.

“Just to simply be themselves because they are wonderful and they are enough.”

20: He’s not that fussed about awards.

“I don’t think they mean that much anymore. I’d rather be awarded a hug from my kids.”

While you will hopefully read the synopsis soon about the film and then download Dan's comedy, we know what Dan is planning this summer: Rumor has it that church bells will soon be ringing before the end of the year for Dan and Lena. We send you all our love !

About - Walk Like a Panther revolves around a group of ‘80s wrestlers who are forced to don the lycra one last time when their beloved local pub is threatened by closure. Led by father-son duo, Mark (Stephen Graham) and Trevor Bolton (Dave Johns), this unlikely bunch of underdog heroes sets out to save their community, rekindling old friendships and family ties along the way. Starring Stephen Graham, Dave Johns, Jill Halfpenny, Sue Johnston, Lindsey Coulson, Julian Sands, Jason Flemyng, Stephen Tompkinson, Michael Socha, and Scroobius Pip... out 2 July, 2018 available online:
06.08.2018 // show complete article