Stony Stratford Evening WI - "Daddy's Girls" With Local TV Producer Nicholas Jones
|Published: 24th January 2012 09:40|
On Thursday 9th February 2012 local TV producer Nicholas Jones will tell the story of how, in 1996, he made a short film for Channel 4 that unexpectedly became very influential. Quite simply it introduced to our TV screens a new phenomenon - the nonentity celebrity, a type of personality that now dominates our TV screens.
To accompany his talk, Nicholas will show his film Daddy's Girls, the glossy, funny documentary that achieved this. He will be stopping the film at various points to discuss what is happening, to give background and insight.
To make this documentary he filmed a group of glamorous girls in Chelsea, including a young Tamara Beckwith and a then-unknown model called Caprice Bourret.
The original idea was to show how the young and wealthy lived in London but it was uncertain if people would watch. It's easy to forget that back in the mid-1990s the TV channels were less, that they just did not film the blonde with long, straight hair going to lunch, the gym, the hairdresser or polo - and trying on £7,000 dresses when shopping in Mayfair.
But showing people a world where young women did just that proved unexpectedly popular. As a result, television has ever since been showing attractive young people with no particular talent doing nothing very much - and it has become hugely popular for millions of viewers, while making those people famous. Daddy's Girls itself was shown on TV from America to Australia. Its easy to forget that, because it paved the way for the kind of stuff we now watch weekly on TV, it was made a decade ago, although it feels like it was made last week. .
A fascinating insight to where those blonde extensions, heavy orange tans and killer heels originated.
Stony Stratford Evening WI has a packed programme of speakers and trips for 2012 so why not come along and enjoy a fun night out and see what we are all about?
Our meeting on Thursday 9th Febuary at our NEW VENUE: The Swinfen Harris Hall, London Road, Stony Stratford. We meet the second Thursday of every month at 8pm and offer a warm welcome to members and visitors alike.
Come along and see what we are all about; you will be made most welcome as a new member or just drop in as a visitor and pay £2.50 on the door.
For more information contact
Amanda Coles 07788 230323
Julie Boyes 07738 054915
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