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UK:Cue

Anglophiles and expatriates this spring no doubt will rejoice upon discovering ‘UK:Cue -British Film, Theatre & Television on Both Sides of the Atlantic’, a new magazine in print and digital form, designed to celebrate the continuing cultural exchange between the US and the UK.  

US Launch

Never before has a magazine focused exclusively on this unique rich entertainment niche. Anglophiles are always suckers for a British accent, as evidenced by ‘Downton Abbey’s’ massive success on PBS this past winter, while expatriates living in the US often miss the distinctive UK brand of quality entertainment back at home. Sometimes Hollywood just doesn’t do it for us, know what I mean?

Planned as a quarterly print publication, ‘UK:Cue’ will also soon introduce an interactive app for tablets; a UK rollout is slated for later this year.

The Transatlantic Connection

Hollywood stars are often eager to try out their British accents, as epitomized by Meryl Streep’s Oscar-winning portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in ‘The Iron Lady’. In addition, Kevin Spacey, who has spent much of the past decade leading London's Old Vic theatre company this late winter has starred in ‘Richard III’ at Brooklyn’s BAM, and directed by Sam Mendes, a Brit who has also found success on both sides of the pond.

In January ‘Billy Elliot’ concluded a successful Broadway run, ‘War Horse’ has become a sleeper hit, and ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ is anticipated to repeat its National Theatre success on Broadway.

New York’s Broadway and London’s West End have a symbiotic relationship. But besides the big production shows, smaller productions find are constantly mounted with the annual ‘Brits Off Broadway’ festival and Anglo-American productions from Mind the Gap Theatre, among other continuing drama series.

Actors going back and forth between countries is nothing new. In fact, Richard Burton met British playwright John Osborne at a Hollywood party, and according to the biography ‘Richard Burton: A Life’, the actor was such a fan of the writer’s stage play ‘Look Back in Anger’ (revived this winter for a successful run by Off Broadway’s Roundabout Company) that he immediately accepted Osborne’s offer to cast him as Jimmy in the 1959 film version. The film’s credits tell the transatlantic co-production story: “The Samuel Goldwyn Company (American) presents A Woodfall Film (British).”  

Who’s Behind ‘UK:Cue’  

‘UK:Cue’ is the brainchild of Larry Jaffee, a media professional with more than a quarter century of journalism experience. Jaffee regularly contributed articles to The New York Times at the age of 23, was published in Rolling Stone at 24 and edited the prestigious resort newspaper Fire Island News at 25. Since then, Jaffee has run various magazines, conferences and websites in the entertainment and media industry. For the past 20 years he has published with permission from the BBC the ‘Walford Gazette’, the world’s only newspaper dedicated to ‘EastEnders’. He is the co-author and editor of two books, ‘Albert Square & Me: The Actors of EastEnders’ and ‘Walford State of Mind’. Jaffee also currently blogs about entertainment and music for Huffington Post UK and Rock’s Back Pages

In the fall of 2009, Larry Jaffee was cited as an entrepreneur by British Airways in its inaugural “Face of Opportunity” competition.

UK:Cue was kickstarted by a successful fundraising campaign engineered by Jaffee that concluded in late January

 


Origins of UK:Cue

Jaffee now realises he had been an Anglophile nearly all his life, dating back to his mid-1960s childhood when he collected Matchbox cars, which were originally manufactured in East London. Around the same time he fell under the spell of Beatlemania and the other British Invasion bands, especially The Kinks, The Yardbirds and the Rolling Stones, which he heard on his transistor radio on WABC-AM in New York City.

When he was in the fifth grade he distinctly remembers once after school watching the "Million Dollar Movie" on Channel 9 and  being mesmerized by the opening sequence of the British film Georgy Girl in which Lynn Redgrave gets a new hairdo and then washes it out on the streets of Swingin’ London. 

Jaffee’s parents’ record collection at the time included the soundtrack of ‘My Fair Lady’, starring Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews, giving him his first taste of British theatre, albeit aurally. During his impressionable teenage years, he ingested large amounts of Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

His fate thus sealed, he was destined to publish and edit UK:Cue, the world's first magazine to spotlight the best British film, theatre and telly on both sides of the Atlantic.


 

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Colchester, Essex, CO6 2NR

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