25 September 2009 – Cunard Line, operator of the most famous ocean liners in the world, announces its continued partnership with Variety, the leading publication for business entertainment news, recognized and respected throughout the world of show business. During this year’s annual Academy season, Cunard is supporting the Variety Screening Series in Los Angeles and New York. The Series will showcase at least 40 of the Academy season’s most anticipated films from major and independent studios through the end of the year. The Variety Screening Series is open to voting members of the various guilds, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences(r) and entertainment industry tastemakers.
After each film screening, Variety will conduct Q&A sessions with the film’s director, writers, producers and/or cast members that will be streamed on Variety.com, and later, select sessions will play onboard Cunard’s luxury ocean liners, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria. The association also affords Cunard the opportunity to invite selected Q&A participants to later participate in the line’s award-winning enrichment programme, Cunard Insights, providing guests an up-close-and-personal opportunity to meet and hear from prominent filmmakers and glean an intimate look inside the industry.
Cunard’s first film sponsorship in Los Angeles is “Bright Star” – a drama based on the three-year romance between 19th century poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne, which was cut short by Keats’ untimely death at age 25. The film is written and directed by Academy Award(r) winner Jane Campion and stars Ben Whishaw, Abbie Cornish and Paul Schneider.
“We are very pleased to continue our partnership with Variety for a second year,” said Peter Shanks, president of Cunard Line. “Cunard has a longstanding association with Hollywood, and this partnership further demonstrates our tradition of welcoming luminaries and offering our guests engaging and compelling entertainment on board.”
For decades, Cunard Line has been the favoured line for ocean travel, welcoming such Hollywood luminaries as Elizabeth Taylor, Bob Hope, Rita Hayworth, Marlene Dietrich, Cary Grant, Bing Crosby and Clark Gable. More recently, the new golden age of ocean liner travel has been enjoyed by Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin, Uma Thurman, Angela Bassett, Richard Dreyfuss, Terrence Howard, John Cleese, film composer Bill Conti and screenwriting duo Ian La Frenais and Dick Clement.
“We are delighted to once again have Cunard support the Variety Screening Series where we showcase some of the most impressive films to be seen this year,” said Neil Stiles, president of Variety. “It is wonderful to share our passion for such prestigious films with a company that has a legacy with stars of the same caliber.”
For more information on the screening series, please visit www.varietyscreeningseries.com.