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Genuine Fakes

Genuine Fakes

Genuine Fakes 

Yesterday Anna Kennedy OBE was invited to Castle Fine Art and Green Eye Productions Academy together with Parkland Pictures ‘Genuine Fakes’ book and film launch. The event was hosted at Castle Fine Art’s flagship London gallery, located on South Molton Street in the lanes of Mayfair.

Guests enjoyed an exclusive exhibition featuring the work of acclaimed artist John Myatt.

GENUINE FAKES charts the never before screened true story of how two very different men meet in the strangest of circumstances and proceed to mastermind possibly the largest art fraud of the twentieth century.

Told from the perspective of a struggling art teacher, whose artistic creations using household emulsion and KY Jelly came to fool the art elite. We see the moral dilemma of a man who has to care for his two children following the collapse of his marriage, but who also desires the finer things in life opened up to him by a charismatic but wholly unscrupulous patron of the arts.

The result….the criminal penetration of the art world from within a plan designed to achieve the perfect fraud, which saw hundreds of fake paintings, allegedly by well-known artists such as Monet, Vermeer and Chagall, ending up in museums and collections around the planet. Many remain there to this day. All the art in the film will be created by the artist. The book is now published in paperback and is also available as an eBook. The author, Rosemary Myatt, will be signing paperback copies at the event.

Genuine Fakes

Anna Kennedy OBE shares: “I met Julie on Twitter 4 years ago and it was suggested that Julie follow me by a friend and mentor of hers who is a senior official at Pinewood Studio. Julie was going through a tough time and shared her story. I was so impressed with Julie’s tenacity, creativity, and story. Julie and I decided to meet, and our first meeting took place at Bafta in Piccadilly since Julie is a member.

Julie’s dream was to work in the film industry and many years ago Julie became a runner on a film set where Marlon Brando was filming, at this time Julie was working for free, not her choice but Marlon changed this for her, and she eventually received a wage for this job. She never forgot this story.”

Julie landed her first media London job after sending hundreds of CV’s working for the Discovery Channel. The boss was a very letchy man commenting on the way she dressed….she realised he liked her in a non-professional way. Julie would go sick and get constant calls from her Boss and cards from him were put into her work drawer admitting his feelings for her. Julie contacted HR. HR decided her Boss was too valuable and they offered Julie a job on another Channel TLC for half the money she was on.

Julie took that job to avoid ever meeting her Boss again. Not long after Julie was headhunted to work for a top TV Company in Rome. Julie flourished at her role, which was to train a team of 6 and eventually this led to her problem-solving areas within the company.

7 years later Julie’s mum was poorly back in Ireland, so she decided to move back, and she got a job as an assistant working for the famous Film Producer/Writer Roger Corman. Not long after she moved up to becoming a Script Supervisor. It was a structured and organised environment. Julie never forgot this.

In a 3-month period in between working with Roger Corman Julie was able to assemble an Irish Crew to work on a film in Jersey Channel Islands called ‘The Crooked Mile’ She was involved with the script and able to work alongside the writer so the script worked for the locations and budget.

The Writer was happy as he put his full vision on the script and the Director the same! This movie won a ‘Tribeca Award’. Julie was able to do 2 jobs, work as Producer and Writer. It worked beautifully for her and the team!

She learnt and never forgot that preparation of the script is key to a good, safe, and happy film set and meant all crew were paid! Julie travelled all over the world for many years with her job and she loved it.

Genuine Fakes

Years later she noticed that The film Industry was changing…she felt not for the better.. A few years ago, a very hurtful event occurred to Julie in her life. This in turn meant she began to struggle with her work as a script supervisor. It felt like the organisational Head structure was changing. Scripts were not finished and not locked down; new changes were coming in the night before….

Crew were being run ragged! and Julie felt this was not fair as it could be avoided if more preparation was done in the first place. Why were scripts not locked down and too long in duration? The job Julie loved was becoming unbearable. Shortly after Julie was diagnosed with PTSD and depression by the GP and given anti-depressants. Julie stopped taking the tablets, they were taking away her ‘spirit’.

During this time Julie has done voluntary care work with the Elderly and went back to working on scripts that she has written or co-written herself.

Julie really struggled with the BFI and Creative England online process and waiting process for funding, but let’s not forget she was able to produce a film that won a ‘Tribeca’. As an Independent Producer she felt there was no chance of making a film for ‘up and coming talent’ without BFI or Creative England support. She was right about that too!

I was so happy yesterday to see all of Julie’s hard work and determination is now finally been recognised and it has been a pleasure to watch her blossom.

Julie as a producer is flying the flag for autism and is pushing for a greener and fairer society.

The film ‘Genuine Fakes ‘ is shooting in February next year and is set to be released later in cinemas and will star Colin Morgan, Peter Firth, Tara Fitzgerald, Alex Kingston, and Leon Herbert with additional cast to be confirmed soon.

Watch this space https://greeneyeproductionsacademy.com/

Poolathon

Poolathon

Poolathon 

Sagar Koriya and Rob Martin from the drinks company Monster Energy recently completed a 24 hour “poolathon”.

Starting at 7am on Friday 16 September, they played 8-Ball pool at the Raging Ball in High Wycombe, through to 7am the following day. A number of their colleagues and friends came along for some moral support for a few hours which was very much appreciated!

All of the money raised is going towards the Anna Kennedy online Autism Charity. As of 27 September, Rob & Sagar have raised £755. Monster Energy have agreed to match this amount, bringing the total so far to £1,510. The link to the fundraising page is https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Sagar-Koria?utm_source=sms

24 hour poolathon

Rob and Sagar said: “We wanted to raise money for a small local charity and heard about the Anna Kennedy online Charity, which is around one mile from our office. After meeting with the charity, we were very impressed with the work they do, so we decided to do a fundraising event together to raise awareness of autism.

Anna Kennedy said: ” Thank you Rob and Sagar for your kind gesture of playing pool for 24 hours totally amazing! It’s small charities like ours that are the back bone of  society  and are seen as a life line to many families of autistic children and adults. Many charities like ours are struggling for funding during these uncertain times. Your time and effort plus the very kind gesture of Monster Energy is very much appreciated”.

24 hour poolathon
An introduction to SEND and EHCp

An introduction to SEND and EHCp

An introduction to SEND and EHCp

This online session looks at how to identify special educational needs and how to apply for an EHCp. Although aimed at beginners, it is likely to be useful to more experienced parents, young person and teachers.

This will be hosted by Sean Kennedy Barrister and will take place on Wednesday 2nd November 2022 at 7.30pm.

Click here to book your place 

National Inclusion Week

National Inclusion Week

National Inclusion Week

Anna Kennedy Online are supporting National Inclusion Week with Recite Me

Today marks National Inclusion Week, an important date in all our calendars where we raise awareness and open up the conversation about inclusion to ensure accessibility for all.

Anna Kennedy Online are proud to share, promote and inspire inclusion practices and culture across the workplace to create a better environment for all with Recite Me accessibility and language tools available on our website.

The theme for National Inclusion Week 2022 is ‘Time to Act: The Power of Now’ as we progress our unity created in previous years and turn it into action.

To support everyone online, we provide Recite Me accessibility software across our digital landscape, this is to support those with disabilities, learning difficulties, visual impairments, or people who speak English as a second language.

Together with Recite Me we are on a mission to create an inclusive digital world, providing barrier-free access to online information and services. We have seen over 2.2 million people using the toolbar, viewing over 12 million pages in a way that best suits their individual needs.

Anna Kennedy OBE shared: “‘For me a key principle of inclusion in education is that all SEND children are given the opportunity to learn at a pace that is comfortable for them and be taught a curriculum that is relevant and meaningful to them with whatever support that is required along the way to help them reach and achieve their goal.”

When visiting our website people are able to use our suite of accessibility tools to create a unique user experience. These tools include text-to-speech functionality, fully customisable styling features, reading aids, and a translation tool with over 100 languages, including 35 text-to-speech voices and many other features.

Together we can build an inclusive online world. This starts by creating awareness on an individual or organisational level and helping others to understand the opportunities presented by inclusion, we can all make a positive difference.

Inspirational Mum On A Mission: Anna Kennedy OBE

Inspirational Mum On A Mission: Anna Kennedy OBE

Inspirational Mum On A Mission: Anna Kennedy OBE

Inspirational Mum of two, Anna Kennedy OBE has been a trailblazer for Autism Awareness since the 1990’s; when her two boys, Patrick and Angelo, and were diagnosed with Autism. When Anna couldn’t find a school that could meet her boy’s needs, Anna and her husband Sean remortgaged their home with the support of local parents and built one! This was just start of an incredible journey that has consequently helped shape and changed the lives of thousands of people diagnosed with Autism, along with the parents and carers of children on the autism spectrum….

Click here to read the full article published by Brood Magazine.

Author: Mala Thapar