Dear BritWeek Supporters,
As Chairman of the BritWeek Board I cannot begin to tell you how thrilled I am for this year’s BritWeek events. Personally I couldn’t have hoped for better. My hometown in the UK was Wallasey, on the tip of the Wirral Peninsula, just a ‘ferry across the Mersey’ to Liverpool, where I used to work in a department store. You can imagine how ecstatic I am that BritWeek is holding the World Premiere of a documentary film about the Cavern Club. The Cavern Club was the home of the Beatles and so many other British Invasion bands from the 60’s. I only visited it once as a 16 year old kid. I remember doing “The Stomp,” “The Shake” or some other ridiculous dance where you’re rooted to the spot due to lack of space and the surrounding sweaty bodies. Now I’m remembering it, I don’t think I actually enjoyed the experience. Ha!
The documentary will be shown at the Wallis Annenberg on the 24th April and introduced by John Lennon’s sister, Julia Baird. Following the film the stage will transform to a LIVE 90 minute performance by the Cavern Club Beatles. This incredible band plays at the iconic Cavern Club on Friday and Saturday nights. I can’t wait to hear them, along with all those great Beatles songs that will bring back so many memories of my days growing up in Liverpool.
To continue my personal love for our events this year, I have to jump to the BritWeek Innovation and Creativity Awards. As a young dancer/ choreographer in the UK in 1980, I was truly inspired by a fellow Brit, Alan Parker and his iconic movie “FAME.” This film introduced me to one of this year’s Innovation Award recipients, Miss Deborah Kaye Allen. Debbie, as I’m sure you know is an actress, dancer, choreographer, director and producer. Did you know she is also on the President’s Committee for the Arts and Humanities? I can't think of anyone more deserving to receive a Creativity Award than Debbie. I’m not sure I should have revealed who this year’s recipients are yet so I won't tell you about the other two. However, I know you’re going to be as excited as I am if you love Royalty!!!?? The BritWeek Innovation and Creativity Awards Dinner will take place on the 10th May at the Fairmont Hotel, Santa Monica.
Go check out all our other wonderful events on the website. The New Film Makers, The Beverly Hills Car Rally followed by Michael Caine’s incredible movie “The Italian Job” that will be shown free of charge at the Wallis on the 28th April. Finally on May 2nd, the Getty Photographic Exhibition. They do a great wine and a tasty buffet that evening .....and again it’s free of charge. Come and join us for one or more of the events, amazing Americans and brilliant Brits coming together once again. I look forward to seeing you.