Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Starring Amanda Eliasch, Charles Eliasch, Mimi Dean and Justine Glenton Directed, Written and Produced by Amanda Eliasch, Butterfly Movies Limited

This is a dramatized documentary about the socialite called Amanda Eliasch, who gives a self deprecating portrait of her life as a fashion editor, writer, poet and artist with a love for music and contemporary art. With the support of Justine Glenton as her alter ego, they give an outstanding portrayal of her intimate life as a child, growing up in the English countryside. The face you show, the face you hide. Hide and seek with truth. Different from the play, As I like it, she brought the whole story up to date with a convincing twist at the end. A dare of truth and lies.  
This is an attractive look at life in the fast lane. Not necessarily because her life is better than anyone else life, but it explores the trials and tribulations of life and love in Chelsea, Paris, Los Angeles, Thailand, Marrakech. As a fashion editor in Los Angeles and a writer, she explores all lives to find what love is. 'Amo, Amas Amanda' will transport you through the utterly fashionable life that belongs to Amanda Eliasch’s. Behind the drama, come and meet a woman full of character.

In 2011, Amanda Eliasch, British photographer, poet, fashion editor and playwright premiered her first play, ‘As I Like It’ in London.
It ran at London’s live art venue, The Chelsea Theatre, July . The play, written and produced by Amanda and adapted for stage by Lyall Watson, is about a woman who has everything but is searching for the meaning and feeling of love. Then Amanda decided to show it in Los Angeles at The Macha Theatre. The cast included Elizabeth Karr as The Woman, Charles Eliasch as The Devotee and Lisa Zane as the Singer. The show was a labour of love and Amanda is involved in every aspect of the production as is Elizabeth Karr. The play was directed by John Alan Simons.
‘As I Like It’ was originally written by Amanda about ten years ago as a challenge from her father, the journalist and writer Anthony Cave Brown, who demanded that she write 5,000 words 'by the end of the weekend'. He felt that with her DNA – (her grandfather was the screen writer, producer and director, Sidney Gilliat, her mother was an opera singer and her aunt a writer) - that he believed she should be able to write too.
Amanda met him for the first time when she was 22, and she decided she would shock him with her version of the truth about her upbringing. Inspired by the work of Tracey Emin she wrote her own biography. It was a true portrayal of her life as she then saw it. Her father loved the results but told her to hide it away
until he was dead. He died four years ago.
With his ashes sitting in her drawing room, last year Amanda felt the time was right to work on the play again and so together with Lyall Watson (who had taught her at RADA) they set to work on the text she had written, and edited the piece into two plays, one of which was too shocking, but one was just what she was looking for.
A chance meeting with actress Justine Glenton led Amanda to decide to produce the play with Justine in the leading role in London. She carefully analysed the script and sharpened the tone and made the character of The Woman as sparkly as possible. In the documentary that she has just done, the characters of Amanda and Justine Glenton merge, as Justine becomes her alter ego.
Amanda decided to show the play at The Chelsea Theatre as its one of her favorite spaces in London and roped in some old friends to help. Nicky Haslam was the decorator to do the set, which was be a reflection of life in her fantasy world. Here in Los Angeles , Amanda was inspired by Trip Haenisch, interior designer to the stars, he has created something completely exotic and delicious, taking her on a different journey. As she works as Fashion Editor at Genlux Magazine, she designed the costumes here. The Macha Theatre is intimate and feels like a little London in the middle of the contemporary world in the United States of America.
Amanda’s talents were also be on show on both sides of the Atlantic last summer as she exhibited her first works in neon at the innovative Leadapron Gallery in Los Angeles followed by The Delaye Gallery in London last November. The show was name Peccadilloes and is a look at the decline of modern morals based on cartoon drawings done of Amanda by her close friend and art patron, Kay Saatchi.
Amanda Eliasch has exhibited at a number of London galleries including The Black and White Gallery, The Cork Street Gallery and the Proud Galleries. She has published two books of poetry written on her Blackberry ‘Cloak and Dagger Butterfly’ and “Sins of a Butterfly” and was also editor and photographer on ‘British Artists at Work’ (commissioned by Franca Sozzani of Italian Vogue) for which she photographed 46 artists in their studios including Tracey Emin, Gilbert and George and Grayson Perry. Also working with Enricco Navarro Galleries in Paris on “Made by Indians” and “Made by Brazilians”, about the contemporary
Further information about Amanda can be found at
What the critics are saying about AS I LIKE IT...!
“There is talent to Eliasch’s writing and wit... “!!“Charles Eliasch is a gifted classical pianist playing himself as ‘The Boy’.”! “Trip Haenisch’s (sets are) elegantly fragmented... “!
“Elizabeth Karr (is) a competent actress whole quality merges Charlotte Rampling and Lauren Hutton... “!
“... a forthright (and) vivacious semi-autobiographical adaptation of the life of a “femme extraordinaire”!
“Amanda Eliasch’s play takes the audience on a spontaneous tour of those epochal years of the Thatcherite revolution when a whole nation, and an old and venerated class system, was being redefined by the shifting global landscape.”!
“Under Alan Simon’s capable direction the proceedings begin in the theme of a confessional...”!
“Amanda Eliasch’s “As I Like It” is a whirlwind monologue that takes you on a journey of her life. Performed by Elizabeth Karr and punctuated with operatic duets from Lisa Zane and Amanda’s son Charles, it’s a great way of approaching love and loss with zero apologies and
lashings of trenchant wit.”!
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