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Susannah York apologizes
British actress Susannah York has apologized to the Cameri Theater for using its stage to make an impassioned plea on behalf of Mordechai Vanunu at the end of her one-woman Shakespeare performance in Tel Aviv on June 5. In a letter to artistic director Omri Nitzan she claimed that her outburst was a "surprise" to her.
"I really had no idea I was going to say all I did," she added. After meeting Vanunu earlier in the day she said she wanted to dedicate her show to him, as it seemed to her "that many people are unaware that although he has served his full term, more than three years later he is still not free."
Vanunu served 18 years in jail for treason after he revealed details of Israel's alleged nuclear weapons program to The Sunday Times of London. York flew in from England to be on hand when Vanunu was released from prison in Ashkelon in April 2004.
In her letter, York complimented the Cameri for its "ambiance of dedication to pure theatre," its marvelous crew, the extraordinary warmth of the Israeli audience and the "honesty of their anger" over the Vanunu episode. Members of the packed Tel Aviv audience jeered, booed and walked out as York spoke, although some also applauded her sentiments. - Pamela Peled
A screenwriter's story
Charles Randolph, a successful Hollywood screenwriters, is arriving in Israel to discuss his work with film afficianados next week. The husband of local actress and film star Mili Avital, Randolph is also know for writing The Life of David Gale and co-writing the Steven Spielberg film Munich. Today he is working on two new projects - a drama for HBO and a Western, again for Spielberg.
As the featured guest of Stage Center's annual international summer project, Randolph will attend a screening of his film The Life of David Gale and answer questions afterwards. He will tell about the making of the movie and relate stories about his life as a screenwriter. The screening will take place on July 3 from 11a.m.- 3 p.m. in the Tel Aviv Cinematheque. Tickets cost NIS 60 and pre-registration is required at 03-624-1654. More information is available at www.stage-center.org. - Miriam A. Shaviv
Auction houses break records in London
Christie's record-breaking June auction in London of Post-War and Contemporary Art realized 74,072,800 ($147,256,726 / â‚¬109,553,671), a record total for any auction in this category in Europe. The top lot of the sale was the portrait of Bruce Bernard by Lucian Freud (b.1922) which sold for 7,860,000 ($15,625,680/ â‚¬11,624,940), a world record price at auction for any work by a living European artist and a world record price for the artist at auction.
Sotheby's London evening sale of Contemporary Art realized a remarkable 72,427,600 ($144,427,600), its highest total for a sale of Contemporary Art in Europe. Damien Hirst's "Lullaby Spring" sold for 9.6m. ($19.2m.), making Hirst the most expensive living artist at auction. The sale total exceeded the pre-sale high estimate by a staggering 15.3m.
Sotheby's also achieved the week's highest price for any work of art when it sold Francis Bacon's "Self Portrait," 1978, to an American private collector for 21.58m.($43m.). - Meir Ronnen
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