WALDEMAR KALINOWSKI / BENJAMIN SADLER-KLIMASCHEWSKI
Script reading and discussion.
On August 9th, 2013 at 18:00 in Scena Nova (CK Zamek) Benjamin Klimaschewski-Sadler will read the text of Part A of "THE GREAT GAME".
"THE GREAT GAME"* is a proposal for a television series spanning 100 years of struggle for the oil fields of Central Asia and the Middle East by two empires: Britain and Russia.
Two Families, The Delaheys of Britain and the Oryegins of Russia, meet in 1850 St. Petersburg, where John Delahey is sent as Queen Victoria’s spy. His mission is to steal Russia’s plans for the oil rich former territories of the crumbling Ottoman Empire. He arrives in Russia with his wife Mary, daughter Daphne and son William. Alexei Oryegin,Tsar Nicholas I’s minister of state security, immediately suspects John is a spy. However, Alexei’s wife Xenia, daughter Irina and son Ivan become friendly with the Delaheys. Theirs and their descendants’ histories will remain intertwined until 1950, when one of the Delahey’s will fell in love with the last of the Oryegins.
After the reading the writers will discuss the origins of the project, the writing process and the production efforts that are currently being made on its behalf.
* The Great Game was a term for the strategic rivalry and conflict between the British Empire and the Russian Empire for supremacy in Central Asia. The term "The Great Game" is usually attributed to Arthur Conolly (1807–1842), an intelligence officer of the British East India Company's Sixth Bengal Light Cavalry. It was introduced into mainstream consciousness by BritishnovelistRudyard Kipling in his novel Kim (1901).
©2013 Waldemar Kalinowski and Stanislavs Tokalovs
Waldemar Kalinowski (Production Designer -Producer-Director-Writer) is currently in New Mexico working on Sweetwater a surrealistic western with Ed Harris, January Jones and Miller Brother’s directing. Earlier this year, in Ireland and Sweden, he completed Life’s a breeze for director Lance Daly. Last year he designed and directed 2nd unit on Acaia a feature film with Claire Danes and Sarah Bolgers. Both films in post. Earlier work includes: Passion play with Mitch Glazer directing, The children of Irena Sendler a television film for director John Kent Harrison and Crazy Heart for Writer/Director Scott Cooper, Ed Harris’ fine western, Apolossa awards gathering Irish film Kisses for director Lance Daly. Prior to that, he and Andy Garcia collaborated on Lost City; a film set during the Cuban Revolution, Path to war a film about Vietnam War, directed by John Frankenheimer’s, Stigmata for director Rupert Wainwright, Dance with me for director Randa Haines. His credits also include five films with director Mike Figgis: Leaving Las Vegas at MGM, One night, Mr. Jones, Libestraum and Internal Affairs. Earlier in his career he designed Randa Haines’ Wrestling Ernest Hemingway at Warner Bros. , Clare Peploe’s Rough Magic for Samuel Goldwyn Co., Harold Becker’s The Boost for Hemdale and Victor Salva’s Powder at Disney.
Future projects include Andy Garcia’s Hemingway and Fuentes, Tal a feature about Michail Tal, the Russian chess master and England’s Gold, a story set during the Crimean War.
Apart from feature films, Waldemar has designed numerous music videos, commercials, television projects and stage installations.
Born in Austria, raised in Warsaw, Poland, Waldemar attended the University of Warsaw to study physics and mathematics. He received his Masters of Fine Arts degree from California Institute of the Arts.
Waldemar’s eclectic professional activities include a research project on heat shields for the US Lunar Lander in 1969, a series of performance-video installation in the mid-seventies, a seven-year stint as a fashion and advertising photographer and a continuing acting career, which began with a role in the 1978 feature Heaven’s Gate.
Benjamin Sadler (1971) is a German actor who was born in Toronto, Canada, the son of a German graphic designer and a British teacher. He lived in Canada until he was five. In 1976 he moved with his parents to Germany. After studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, his career as actor started in 1994 with roles in German thrillers such as Wolffs Revier and SK-Babies. In 2001he appeared in the German-Italian film Maria Magdalena in the role as John the Baptist beside Maria Grazia Cucinotta and Danny Quinn. In 2002 he worked on two further religious films: The Bible - The Apocalypse with Richard Harris and Luther with Joseph Fiennes and Sir Peter Ustinov. He also appeared as the young emperor Augustus (Peter O'Toole was the emperor in later life).
In 2006 he played the part of a physician in the film Dresden. In 2007 he starred as a lawyer and father of a thalidomide-handicapped daughter, for which he received a Bambi Award in 2007. He explained in an interview that he was proud to be a part of the film, which influenced the German parliament to pass a law giving greater financial compensation for victims of thalidomide
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