Film and theatre director addresses Civics

Bedales was lucky enough to get the extremely busy film and theatre director Stephen Daldry to address Civics. Stephen had decided to talk to us about his latest obsessions and this meant a talk that moved from the favelas of Brazil to Star Wars staged in Qatar. Stephen outlined the hectic filming of his latest film Trash and the difficulties but excitement of directing a non-professional cast; there was the tantalising promise of a showing of the film at Bedales. He then moved from plans to direct a new production of David Hare’s Skylight with Carey Mulligan via planning a garden in New York (town and country planning being a long-held, albeit unexpected, passion of his) to the extremely ambitious drama project for television of British post-war history, some 60 hours in length. Whilst this seems like a headlong rush through Stephen’s future plans, his humour, insight and story-telling skills held the audience rapt. His most important message however was that you have to determine what exactly you want to say and then find the medium to say it.

By Nick Meigh, Teacher of History

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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