Thursday, 6 January 2011

The late, great, Pete Postlethwaite

I was really saddened to learn of the passing of Pete Postlethwaite at the weekend, see the Guardian obituary here. He truly was a great actor, and I have enjoyed seeing him in lots of films as varied as Distant Voices, Still Lives which I saw at the Scala many years ago and James and the Giant Peach which was a favourite of my daughter Keir for a time ('marvelllous things will happen'). As an academic working in the area of film and law, I was also well aware of him - his brilliant portrayal of Guiseppe Conlon in In the Name of the Father is well known, but I had forgotten about his portrayal of a lawyer in the film Amistad until I read Peter Bradshaw's piece A face you won't forget. He will be sadly missed.

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