Book: Richard Curtis «Love Actually: Level 4»

Love Actually: Level 4

Серия: "Penguin Readers"

In London, Christmas is coming and the people in this story have love on their minds. Some have found love; some have lost it. Some accept their loneliness; others live in hope. Even the new British prime minister's thoughts are not always on his job because love, actually, is all around us.

Издательство: "Pearson Education Limited" (2008)

Формат: 130x200, 64 стр.

ISBN: 978-1-4058-8226-2

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Richard Curtis

:"For the former state representative from Washington State see: Richard Curtis (politician)"Infobox actor
name = Richard Curtis

caption = Curtis in London, 1999
birthname = Richard Whalley Anthony Curtis
birthdate = birth date and age|1956|11|8
birthplace = Wellington, New Zealand
occupation = Writer, Television producer, Film producer, Actor, Film director, Organizer, Composer
spouse = Emma Freud
baftaawards = Academy Fellowship
2007 Lifetime Archievement
Special BAFTA
1999 Lifetime Archievement
Best Comedy Series
1990 "Blackadder"
emmyawards = Outstanding Made for Television Movie
2006 "The Girl in the Café"
Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
2006 "The Girl in the Café"

Richard Whalley Anthony Curtis, CBE (born 8 November 1956) is a BAFTA and Primetime Emmy Award- winning Academy Award- nominated New Zealand-born British screenwriter, known primarily for romantic comedy films such as "Four Weddings and a Funeral", "Bridget Jones's Diary", "Notting Hill" and "Love Actually", as well as the hit TV sitcoms "Blackadder", "Mr. Bean" and "The Vicar of Dibley".


Early life

Curtis was born in Wellington, New Zealand, the son of Glyness S. and Anthony J. Curtis, [ [ Richard Curtis Biography (1956-) ] ] who was an executive at Unilever. Curtis and his family lived in several different countries during his childhood, including Sweden and the Philippines. Part of the family still lives in Sydney, Australia. Curtis has lived in England since he was 11. He began school at Papplewick School, Ascot (as did his younger brother; Jamie), before he won a scholarship to Harrow, where he was head of school. He achieved a first-class degree in English Language and Literature at Christ Church, Oxford, and it was at Oxford that he met, and began working with, Rowan Atkinson.

Early writing career

Curtis was the co-writer with Philip Pope of the Hee Bee Gee Bees' single "Meaningless Songs (In Very High Voices)" released in 1980 to parody the style of a series of Bee Gees disco hits. He then began to write comedy for film and TV. He was a regular writer on the TV series "Not the Nine O'Clock News", where he wrote many of the show's songs with Howard Goodall and many sketches, often with Rowan Atkinson. First with Atkinson, and later with Ben Elton, Curtis then wrote the "Blackadder" series from 1983 to 1989, each season focusing upon a different era in British history. Atkinson played the lead throughout, but Curtis remains the only person to have been a writer for every episode of "Blackadder". The pair continued their collaboration with the comedy series "Mr. Bean". which ran from 1990-1995.

In 1994, Curtis created and co-wrote "The Vicar of Dibley" for comedienne Dawn French, which was a success. In the 2004 survey Britain's Best Sitcom, "The Vicar of Dibley" was voted the third best sitcom in British history and "Blackadder" the second, making Curtis the only screenwriter to have created two shows within the poll's top ten programmes.

Around this time, Curtis began writing films. One of his first successes was "The Tall Guy" in 1989, starring Jeff Goldblum, Emma Thompson and Rowan Atkinson: a romantic comedy which set the scene for Four Weddings, and produced by Working Title films. The TV movie "Bernard and the Genie" followed in 1991.

Film career

By this point, Curtis had already achieved his breakthrough success with the romantic comedy "Four Weddings and a Funeral." The 1994 film, starring Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell, was produced on a limited budget by the British production company Working Title Films. "Four Weddings and a Funeral" proved to be a colossal hit, the biggest grossing British film in history at that time. It made an international star of Grant, and Curtis' Oscar nomination for the script catapulted him to prominence. In addition, the film was nominated for Best Picture.

Curtis' next film was also for Working Title, which has remained his artistic home ever since. 1999's "Notting Hill," starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts, broke the record set by "Four Weddings and a Funeral" to become the top-grossing British film of all time. The story of a lonely travel bookstore owner who falls in love with the world's most famous movie star was directed by Roger Michell.

Curtis' next film for Working Title was not an original script. Instead, he was heavily involved with the adaptation of "Bridget Jones's Diary" from novel to film. Curtis knew the novel's writer Helen Fielding. Indeed, he has credited her with saying that his original script for "Four Weddings and a Funeral" was too upbeat and needed the addition of a funeral. He is credited on "Bridget Jones's Diary" as co-writer.

Two years later Curtis re-teamed with Working Title to write and direct "Love Actually." Curtis has said in interviews that his favorite film is Robert Altman's "Nashville" and the sprawling, multi-character structure of "Love Actually" certainly seems to owe something to Altman. The film featured a who's who of British actors, including Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Bill Nighy, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson, Alan Rickman and Keira Knightley, in a loosely connected series of stories about people in and out of love in London in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

"The Girl in the Cafe" was produced by the BBC and HBO as part of the Make Poverty History campaign's Live 8 efforts in 2005. The film stars Bill Nighy as a civil servant and Kelly Macdonald as a young woman with whom he falls in love while at a G8 summit in Iceland. Macdonald's character pushes him to ask whether the developed countries of the world cannot do more to help the most impoverished. The film was timed to air just before the Gleneagles G8 summit in 2005. The film received three Emmy Awards in 2006 including Outstanding Made for Television Movie, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for Kelly Macdonald, and an Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special trophy for Curtis himself.

In May 2007 he received the Fellowship award at the BAFTA Television awards. The award was given in recognition of his successful film career and his charity efforts. [cite web | last = Thomas | first = Archie | title = British acad to honor Curtis - Scribe wrote 'Vicar of Dibey,' 'Girl in the Cafe' | work = | date = May 18, 2007 | url = | accessdate = 2007-05-21]

Curtis cowrote with Anthony Minghella an adaptation of Alexander McCall Smith's novel, "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" which Minghella shot in the summer of 2007 in Botswana.

He is currently preparing his second film as writer/director, "The Boat That Rocked", about the DJs on pirate radio stations run on boats in the North Sea in the 1960s, when the BBC only broadcast two hours of pop music a week. It is scheduled to be released in 2008.


Curtis was a founder of both Comic Relief and Make Poverty History. He organised the Live 8 concerts with Bob Geldof to publicise poverty, particularly in Africa, and pressure G8 leaders to adopt his proposals for ending it.

He talked to the producer of American Idol to do a show where the celebrities were brought to Africa to experience the poverty level and raise charity in an American Idol: Idol Gives Back.

Personal life

Curtis lives in Walberswick, Suffolk - the same village in which former BBC1 controller Peter Fincham has a weekend retreat [cite web|url=,,1446417,00.html|title=The producer|publisher=The Guardian|date=March 27, 2005|accessdate=2007-10-08] - with script editor and broadcaster Emma Freud, [] BBC biography of Emma Freud] with whom he has two sons, James and Charles, and one daughter, Rachel. The plot of Four Weddings was based loosely on his relationship with Emma Freud - they kept meeting at other peoples' weddings, before agreeing to live together unmarried.

ee also

* "Love Actually"
* "Notting Hill"
* "Bridget Jones's Diary"
* "The Girl in the Café"
* "Mr. Bean"
* "Blackadder"
* "Legend of the Lost Tribe"
* "Skinhead Hamlet"
* "The Vicar of Dibley"
* "Four Weddings and a Funeral"
* ""


External links

* [ BBC Comedy Guide entry]
* [,177,BA.html Richard Curtis interview at the Latitude Festival] , BAFTA webcast, July 2007
* [ entry]
* [ Interview with Richard Curtis by Laurie Taylor in New Humanist magazine]
* [,187,BA.html Stars pay tribute to Richard Curtis] in a BAFTA video

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