Wednesday, February 6, 2008


A word on my friend Ben Taylor.

I thought to myself as I drove home yesterday that Ben is mentioned once or twice in Alan Bennett's diaries, which (more incidentally than not) puts him among the likes of Maggie Smith, Alec Guinness, and Peter Cook.

Primarily a director of music videos, Ben happened to be working on (what?) something at the National when Nick Hytner brought him on to do video scene changes for The History Boys. Subsequently, Ben has filmed those changes for every National Theatre-produced production of THB since, including ours in LA.

Originally from Yorkshire/Australia/Somewhere else, i think...Ben is quite the character. A pub kinda guy, with a vocabulary and a way for words that would make an English professor swoon. And then on top of that, the sweetest, most put together film director you'll ever meet.

Check out his work.

It's "wicked, wicked."

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