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5 speakers 15 minutes each

Mon 25th May 2015

Conway Hall

6pm

Itay Talgam

Itay Talgam

Itay Talgam sees himself as a disciple of his great teacher, Leonard Bernstein. His international conducting debut took place in 1987, when he was chosen and presented by Maestro Bernstein in a special concert, conducting the Orchestre de Paris, Bernstein himself conducting the second half of the same concert. Since then he has conducted many orchestras around the world, including the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic, and the Leipzig Opera House. Talgam now teaches leadership to Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits and universities, and at conferences around the world. He also founded the Maestro Program, to help everyday people develop a musician's collaboration and a conductor's leadership.

Irvine Welsh

Irvine Welsh

Irvine Welsh was born in Edinburgh, and first came to public attention with his debut novel Trainspotting (1993), which was quickly adapted for stage and screen, with great success. His other novels include Filth (1998), Glue (2001), Skagboys (2012), and A Decent Ride (2015) he has written many short stories and screenplays. He currently lives in Chicago.

Leslee Udwin

Leslee Udwin

Leslee is the director and producer of the ground breaking documentary India's Daughter. The film told the story of the brutal gang rape in 2012 of a 23 year old medical student on a Delhi bus. The student later died from her injuries. India's Daughter made international headlines and ignited protests. It is an impassioned plea for change and a tribute to a remarkable and inspiring young woman.



In 1986, Leslee faced a life- and home-threatening experience at the hands of one of Britain's most notorious criminal landlords. After fighting a long and hard battle against him, and winning, she set about getting the story made as a TV film. The resultant TV film (BBC Screen Two) - Sitting Targets - had considerable impact as a piece of campaigning television.



Leslee then developed and produced the award-winning drama-documentary feature Who Bombed Birmingham? (starring John Hurt) for Granada TV and HBO. It helped get the case of the six innocent men reopened and led to the long overdue release of ‘the Birminghjam Six’ (after 17 years of wrongful imprisonment).



In 1995 Leslee set up her own Feature Film production company, Assassin Filns, under the auspices of which she has produced 5 feature films, including East is East a comedy drama about cultural integration. It went on to win the BAFTA Award for best British Film, and some 35 other prestigious awards worldwide. Leslee was awarded the London Critics’ Circle Producer of the Year Award.



As well as producing Leslee also lectures at universities around the world on film and its value as a tool for change.