Irish actor Aidan Turner best known for his role as Kili in the Hobbit trilogy became a real-life hero at the Odessa International Film Festival after tackling a mugger that tried to steal a fan’s handbag.
The actor was snapped talking to female fans outside the Hotel Bristol in the Ukrainian city where he was one of the guests of honour at the event taking place until 19 July.
But as he stopped to talk to one young woman, a cyclist came alongside the couple and grabbed the woman’s handbag before accelerating off.
He said: “Fortunately I am not really as short as people who saw the film think I am. They achieved that special effect with millions of dollars of cinema trickery.”
In reality the 31-year-old actor is not only fit but also at 1.8 metres tall, much taller than his on-screen character. He quickly managed to catch up with the thief, pulling him off his bike and grabbing the handbag. But when other people ran up, in the confusion the thief managed to get back on the bike and escape.
The actor said he had been unsure what rules applied to citizens arrests in the country and after recovering the bag he had simply returned it to his grateful fan.
Afterwards after being told that he was a hero he joked: “It’s great to be a real hero for a change rather than just an on-screen one. I think the rescue though was more like something from Indiana Jones than the Hobbit.”
The actor was at the festival in between location filming for the remake of TV show Poldark. Other guests at the festival included Lord David Puttnam and director Stephen Frears, who had all wanted to support the festival given the state of unrest in the Ukraine at the moment.
He admitted that he had got the role as Kili in the Hobbit despite having to admit to the director that he had not read the book. He said: “I think the fact that I was honest with him meant that we had a trusting relationship from the start and that meant it worked well.”
He was working on the Hobbit two years filming in New Zealand and said he fell in love with the place and its natural beauty, even though it was extremely hard work especially with the heavy armour and filming on a daily basis.
He said: “Sometimes I just hope my character would die off as well.”
In between filming he said they passed the time playing football and that it was strange seeing characters dressed as orcs smoking cigarettes and drinking bottles of Coke while waiting for the next thing to be prepared, or even wearing full battle armour whilst playing on a PlayStation.
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Despite political instability in the country and lack of resources, the Odessa International Film Festival will take place July 11 – 19, 2014, after a successful Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign (See article HERE) The festival has also announced its first guests and new information on its non-competitive program. Awards for films in development, presented at the Industry Office, have been raised. The Film Market for Ukrainian Films will be held from July 14 to 17, 2014.
Stephen Freas Retrospective
The honorary guest, Stephen Frears, will receive a Golden Duke for his contribution to motion picture arts during the festival’s Opening Ceremony. A retrospective of his work is shown at the Festival. While in Odessa, he will also give insights in his work during a master class for the students of the Summer Film School.
Frears is best known for his provocative, stylish and low-budget films about people living on the edge of social and sexual norms. The director of DANGEROUS LIAISONS, THE QUEEN and PHILOMENA has won numerous prestigious awards. He was nominated for the Academy Award, Golden Globe and Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
The festival will welcome the Irish film and theater actor Aidan Turner , best known for his performance in the TV-series Desperate Romantics, The Tudors and the three part fantasy film “The Hobbit.”
Lord David Puttnam, the British film producer, will be a lector at the Summer Film School. Films he produced include “Midnight Express,” “The Killing Fields” and “The Mission”. So far, his films received 10 Academy Awards and 25 main prizes at the Cannes Film Festival. Also for the Summer Film School, American director
Darren Aronofsky (“Requiem for a Dream,” “The Wrestler , ” “Black Swan,” “Noah”), will present an online master class.
Open-Air Screening Potemkin Stairs
The OIFF audience will have a chance to watch Alfred Hitchcock’s “Blackmail,” accompanied by a symphonic orchestra, as part of the traditional Potemkin Stairs screenings. Shot in 1929, the film occupies a special place in the work of the director, as it was Hitchcock’s both last silent and first sound film. A lesser-known silent version will be screened at the festival.
Also screened open air, Louis Feuillade ’s Fantomas (1913) will be presented at the Langeron descent.
FESTIVAL OF THE FESTIVALS PROGRAM
The OIFF 2014 non-competitive program includes several international hits, such as the black and white Polish film “Ida” by Pawe? Pawlikowski; “Life of Riley” , the last film of the great French director Alain Resnais; “Of Horse and Men” , a film by Icelandic director Benedikt Erlingsson; and “Still Life” , the Italian tragicomedy by Uberto Pasolini.
OIFF FILM INDUSTRY OFFICE – NEW AWARDS
The Film Industry Office program will include pitching sessions, work in progress presentations and “Producer+Director” programs. The invited speakers will present master classes on pitching technologies, scriptwriting and work with audiences. The program is sponsored by Rinat Akhmetov Foundation for Development of Ukraine.
The money prize for the winner of the Ukrainian full-length projects pitching has been raised in 2014 from 25 to 50 thousand hryvnias, thanks to the festival’s Partner, the development company UDP . The official Odessa Film Festival air carrier, Ukrainian International Airlines , introduces a new prize for the best Ukrainian film project in progress, worth USD 3000 for flights provided by the company.
The Film Market will be held from July 14 to 17, 2014.
Today is Aidan’s birthday, so a happy birthday to him =]
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Aidan Turner (The Hobbit Trilogy, Being Human) and Eleanor Tomlinson (Death Comes to Pemberley, The White Queen, Jack the Giant Slayer) star as Ross Poldark and Demelza in Debbie Horsfield’s adaptation of Winston Graham’s saga set in 18th century Cornwall.
Robin Ellis, who played Ross in the original television adaptation of Poldark, will be joining the cast for two episodes to play Reverend Halse.
Executive producer Karen Thrussell said: “We’re so thrilled by the Poldark cast, and we feel particularly privileged that Robin Ellis has agreed to join this stellar line up – it’s a great tribute to Debbie Horsfield’s scripts.”
Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Film Office was first contacted by the production’s location scouts last autumn and has been instrumental in finding several locations in the area, including Prior Park College, which hosted filming last week.
Councillor Ben Stephens (Lib Dem, Widcombe), Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development, said: “2014 has been a busy year for filming in Bath and North East Somerset, which is great news for the local economy.
“Film makers come to Bath because of the city’s amazing architecture and support they receive from the Council and the city’s film friendly locations. Poldark is a prime example of this.”
James Murphy-O’Connor, Headmaster at Prior Park College said: “It was our privilege to host the cast and crew of such a well-loved period drama. Our Mansion, the former home of Bath visionary Ralph Allen, is a constant source of inspiration to all of us who live and learn here, and we were happy to have the opportunity to share that inspiration.
“The Mansion Hall was transformed into a sumptuous set appropriate to the late 18th century in which Poldark is set, and we look forward to seeing the fruits of the shoot when the programme is aired.”
The production also filmed at Corsham and Chavenage House and will now spend several weeks filming in Cornwall. Poldark will be broadcast on BBC One in 2015.
IT’S PARTY TIME!!! Hey all you precious #AidanTurner fans and fan sites, come party down with us at Aidan’s birthday celebration which the best production company in the world, MAMMOTH SCREEN is helping us put together. They’re even going to do the cleanup.
As we all know Aidan’s 31st birthday is June 19th. Unfortunately the poor boy has to work that day – which – sorry Aidan – is great news for us as Mammoth Screen is going to do a cake & ice cream party and present the birthday cards & presents we send AT at this little celebration.
In addition, these wonderful people at Mammoth Screen have agreed to take photos of Aidan opening his presents. This is so brilliant as not only will we know Aidan has received our b-day cards & gifts, we’ll actually get to see photos of him opening them. Can it get any better than this?
See below for the UK address to send your birthday
items. If you are sending a gift, we NEED you to send us an email, so we can have an idea of how large a storage area we’re going to need Mammoth Screen to provide. We only need you to email us for gifts, it’s not necessary to send us a message if you are sending a bday card. Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also need you to be considerate of Mammoth Screen and make sure your gifts are not too large or too heavy. So don’t do a bust of Aidan or box up and mail yourself. Lets say under 5lbs, as a guide. Again, if you have any questions please feel free to email us.
All cards & gifts MUST arrive at the UK address we are giving you by June 16th. One more time, if you have any questions or concerns, please, please email us or any of the other Aidan Turner fans sites. Please do not direct any questions to Mammoth Screen as they’ll be busy baking the cake.
Please help spread the word. We want Aidan to have a joyous birthday party that he’ll never forget. Thanks everyone.
Here is the address:
Special Events (BS)
C/O Mammoth Screen (Poldark) Ltd
The Bottleyard Office BY01
When he played the title role in Poldark in the seventies, Robin Ellis did not have to contend with obstreperous, incontinent oxen, but that seems to be the unhappy lot of Aidan Turner.
Mandrake hears how Turner, who plays Ross Poldark in a forthcoming BBC adaptation, was required to appear with several oxen in a scene that was filmed in the Wiltshire town of Corsham, which was, for the purposes of the story, doubling up as Cornwall.
The oxen were corralled in front of a green screen – upon which computer-generated images would subsequently be added in – when one of the oxen became over-excited. “He kicked his handler, and, in the process, smashed the window of one of the historic properties, before he relieved himself on the green screen,” Eliza Mellor, the producer, tells me. “I think he was quite thrilled by all the attention he was receiving from the crowds of people who had gathered to watch. Thankfully, the handler was not hurt and filming resumed pretty quickly.”
Turner was not, happily, injured, but he was careful to let the ox’s handler deal with the crisis.
What the ox left of the set was, I hear, still standing a little longer than the locals had expected. The makers of a new series of ITV’s The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, starring Paddy Considine, then moved in to utilise it for a Victorian-era murder mystery inspired by Kate Summerscale’s novel.