Tara FitzGerald (born September 18, 1967 in Sussex) is an English actress most widely known for her film roles in Hear My Song, Sirens (opposite Hugh Grant) and the 1996 film Brassed Off.
She has had numerous roles on British television, including Six Characters in Search of an Author, The Camomile Lawn, The Vacillations Of Poppy Carew, and beginning in 2007, Waking the Dead. In her early television appearances in particular, she gained a reputation for appearing nude or semi-nude.
Her stage roles have included Blanche Dubois in an Bristol Old Vic 2000 production of A Streetcar Named Desire, and Ophelia (opposite Ralph Fiennes) in a 1995 production of Hamlet; for the latter she won a New York Drama Critics Circle Best Supporting Actress Award.
She acted in academy award nominated Czech movie Dark Blue World.
She was paired with Grant again in The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain, and also had major roles in New World Disorder and the film adaption of Dodie Smith...
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Dark Blue World (Czech: Tmavomodrý svět) is a 2001 film by Czech director Jan Svěrák about Czechoslovakian pilots who fought for the British Royal Air Force during World War II. The screenplay was written by Zdeněk Svěrák, the father of the director. The film stars Ondřej Vetchý as František (Franta) Sláma, Kryštof Hádek as Karel Vojtíšek and Tara Fitzgerald as Susan. There is also an appearance from Charles Dance. About one third of the film takes place in 1950, after the war, when the returning Czechoslovak pilots were imprisoned by the new communist government for colluding with the capitalists. Most of these scenes are the interactions between Sláma, and his fellow inmates in the prison hospital (an ex-SS doctor and a convicted burglar). The film switches back between the war and the prison. The first scene in the film is in the workshop of the prison. Sláma is at a sewing machine when he collapses and is taken to the hospital. The film proper begins in 1939, just days prior to...,
Brassed Off is a 1996 black comedy British film written and directed by Mark Herman. This film is about the troubles faced by a colliery brass band, following the closure of their pit.
The soundtrack for the film was provided by The Grimethorpe Colliery Band, and the plot is based on Grimethorpe's own struggles against pit closures. Certain aspects of the film are scoffed at by some in the brass band world, but are generally very positively received for its role in promoting brass bands and their music. Parts of the film make reference to the huge increase in suicides that resulted from the end of the coal industry and the struggle to retain hope in the circumstances.
Channel 4 and The Guardian both sponsored what was expected to be a low-profile film; it was not expected to gain the wide audience that it has done. Having expected viewers to be mostly those with past links to coal-mining, the film does not make explicit the political background to the plot. The American marketing for...,
The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain is a 1995 movie written by Ivor Monger and directed by Christopher Monger.The movie is based on a story heard by Christopher Monger from his grandfather about the real village of Taff's Well (Ffynnon Taf in Welsh), Cardiff, Wales and its neighbouring Garth Mountain. Due to 20th century urbanisation of the area, it was filmed in the more rural Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant and Llansilin in mid Wales.The movie is set in 1917 (with World War I in the background) and revolves around two English cartographers, the pompous Garrad and his junior Anson, who arrive at the fictional Welsh village of Ffynnon Garw (Rough Fountain in Welsh) to measure its "mountain" - only to cause outrage when they conclude that it is only a hill because it is slightly short of the required 1000 feet. The villagers, aided and abetted by the wily Morgan the Goat and Reverend Jones (who after initially opposing the scheme, grasps its symbolism in restoring the...,
Sirens is a 1994 film, written and directed by John Duigan, and set in Australia between the two World Wars.The film stars Hugh Grant as Tony, an Anglican priest, asked to visit a notorious artist (Norman Lindsay, based loosely on that real Australian artist and played here by Sam Neill) out of the church's concern about a blasphemous painting the artist plans to exhibit.Estella, the priest's wife (played by Tara Fitzgerald), accompanies him on the visit to the artist's bucolic compound in the Blue Mountains. The artist's saucy models are played by Elle Macpherson and Kate Fischer; Lindsay's wife Jane (Pamela Rabe) also poses for him. Portia de Rossi (in her film debut) plays the maid who has just begun demurely modeling for him as well. Mark Gerber plays the partially blind Devlin, the "odd-job" man who also poses for Lindsay.While both Grant and Neill play characters critical to the film's story, the film is really about Estella, who responds to the sensuality of her surroundings...,
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