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Harvey Brownstone Interviews Legendary Actor, Author & Humanitarian Louis Gossett Jr. In His Last In-Depth Interview 

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Harvey Brownstone conducts an in-depth interview with Louis Gossett Jr., Legendary Actor, Author and Humanitarian.

Louis Gossett Jr. is one of our most beloved and respected actors, who’s been thrilling audiences with his iconic performances since he first conquered Broadway at the age of 17 in “Take a Giant Step”, followed by “The Desk Set”, “Golden Boy”, “The Zulu and the Zayda”, and “My Sweet Charlie”. He also starred on Broadway in “A Raisin in the Sun”, and then made his film debut in the 1961 movie adaptation of the play. 

His unforgettable portrayal of “Fiddler” in the groundbreaking miniseries “Roots” earned him an Emmy Award for Outstanding lead actor. And of course, who can ever forget him as Sgt. Emil Foley in “An Officer and a Gentleman”, for which he won the 1983 Academy Award AND Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor, making him the first Black actor to win in that category. 

Besides his Emmy Award for Roots, he received 7 more Emmy Award nominations for his work in “The Sentry Collection Presents Ben Vereen: His Roots”, “Backstairs at the White House”, “Palmerstown, USA”, “A Gathering of Old Men”, “Touched By an Angel”, “Watchmen” and “Sadat”, for which he was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award. 

Louis Gossett Jr. got another Golden Globe Award nomination for his performance in “The Josephine Baker Story”. He’s had 3 Daytime Emmy Award nominations, and won the award for Best Children’s Special, for “In His Father’s Shoes”. 

He’s been nominated 6 times for NAACP Image Awards and won twice. In 1992, he was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. We also got  to see him in his latest role, as “Mister” in the musical film version of “The Color Purple”. 

In addition to his illustrious acting career, Louis Gossett Jr. is an accomplished writer, producer, director and musician – and perhaps most importantly, he’s a social activist, educator and humanitarian, dedicated to eliminating racism and fighting injustice wherever it exists, in all its forms. 

In 2010 he released his riveting memoir entitled “An Actor and a Gentleman,” chronicling not only the many triumphs of his monumental career, but also the heartbreaking and sometimes insurmountable obstacles he confronted and overcame as a working actor, and especially as a Black man in America. 

In 2006, he founded The Eracism Foundation, which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating racism, fostering cultural diversity, historical enrichment, education and anti-violence initiatives. 

Harvey Brownstone is a retired judge of the Ontario Court of Justice and was the first openly gay judge in Canada. He is also the bestselling author of “Tug of War: A Judge’s Verdict on Separation, Custody Battles and the Bitter Realities of Family Court” and hosted “Family Matters with Justice Harvey Brownstone,” a television talk show on matters involving the family justice system.

​After a distinguished legal career, Harvey was appointed a judge at the age of 38 in 1995.  He has presided in family and criminal courts.   He has been a trailblazer in several ways.  He was the first openly gay judge in Canada.  He was the first sitting judge in the world to write a national best seller and to host a TV talk show.  

​Harvey has been a role model and icon in the LGBTQ community.  When same-sex marriage was legalized in Canada in 2003, he was the only judge to make himself publicly available to officiate at weddings for lesbian and gay couples travelling to Toronto from all over the world to get married.  In 2007, he officiated at the wedding of Edith Windsor and Thea Spyer, the American couple whose marriage triggered the 2013 United States Supreme Court decision overturning the definition of “spouse” in the federal Defense of Marriage Act.  

​In February 2021, Harvey launched his online talk show “Harvey Brownstone Interviews” on his own YouTube channel. He saw this as an interesting hobby.   Within several months, the show attracted hundreds of thousands – and then eventually, millions – of viewers.  Because of the overwhelming success of the show, Harvey decided to retire from the judiciary on December 31, 2021 after having presided as a full-time judge for 26 1/2 years.  Free from the constraints imposed upon judges regarding the expression of opinions and the endorsement of private enterprise, Harvey now happily devotes his full-time attention to hosting “Harvey Brownstone Interviews” as a regular member of the public – albeit one with a rather illustrious and unique career history.  

Watch Louis Gossett Jr. on Harvey Brownstone Interviews on Youtube here: 

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For more information about Harvey Brownstone, here’s his Wikipedia page: 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvey_Brownstone

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Billie Vee stars in her self-penned film ‘Sparrow’s Call’, premiering at the London Independent Film Festival

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Photo credit: Ryan O’Donoghue

Greek-British actress Billie Vee has written – and stars in – the psychological thriller ‘Sparrow’s Call’, which is showing at London’s Genesis Cinema on Sunday 21st April. Billie is thrilled that the film, which is directed by Tim Kent, has been officially selected for the London Independent Film Festival as it explores the challenges of being a migrant in this country, a topic that’s close to her heart. Here she talks about growing up in the birthplace of theatre, why she loves writing, and filming her movie during the Covid lockdown. 

How did you get started as an actress?

“I was born in Athens, Greece, the birthplace of theatre, and I couldn’t even remotely imagine that years later I would be making films in London. From a very young age I remember being in awe of actors on stage. However it was when my parents took me to the cinema for the first time that I felt completely mesmerised. That’s when I knew I wanted to be an actor and that my biggest dream was to star in an English-language feature film.” 

Where did you train?

“I trained at the Greek Art Theatre Karolos Koun and I received my degree in theatre studies from the University of Athens. After graduating, I started working and gaining experience that spanned from TV and film roles and TV presenting to performing on stage, including the ancient open theatre Odeon of Herodes Atticus. Wanting to expand my artistic horizons and learn how to act in English, I moved to London, where I immersed myself into a journey of continuous self-improvement and development of my craft.” 

You wrote the screenplay for ‘Sparrow’s Call’ – how did that come about?

“While continuing my career as an actor in London, I felt the urge to pursue my childhood dream of starring in a feature film. That’s how writing came to my life and I started creating my own work. ‘Sparrow’s Call’ (directed by Tim Kent and produced by Alessio Bergamo) is my first feature film as a writer, after having scripted several award-winning short films and a web series.

“When I write something, it comes from inside me, as a need to express something deeper and then it transforms into a work of fiction to entertain an audience, and make them think and feel.”

Where did you get the inspiration for ‘Sparrow’s Call’?

“‘Sparrow’s Call’ is inspired by my personal journey as a generic migrant in London. Being a foreign actor, I was constantly labelled as ‘Greek’ or ‘exotic”, so I took those labels and moulded them into a fictitious character, Val. The only thing that happened for real and that’s depicted in the film is an incident with a sparrow that took place when I was a child in my father’s village. That’s how I came up with the title of the film.”

What’s the plot of the film?

‘Sparrow’s Call’ follows the story of Mike, a successful philosophy lecturer and a family man who is captivated by Val, an exotic dancer, after saving her from danger. When they throw themselves into a rollercoaster of physical and intellectual connection, Mike fears his whole world is about to fall apart and must face the consequences of his affair.I play Val, who’s a migrant from Greece, but her nationality remains obscure throughout the film. She comes from a low socio-economic background, working in the sex industry as an exotic dancer. She is hardened by life and wants to escape from her environment. She lives with her grandmother who is severely paralysed, but whose mind works perfectly well. By a twist of fate, Val meets Mike and falls in love with him, but also sees him as an opportunity to get out of what seems to be a hopeless situation.” 

What was it like working on the film set?

“Working on the set of ‘Sparrow’s Call’ was an absolute blast from start to finish. I had the chance to play opposite David Bark-Jones, who brilliantly portrays the character of Mike, and also to work with the wonderful Valerie Colgan, who plays my grandma.”

“All the cast and crew were truly committed to the project, the environment felt safe and the whole set was oozing positive energy, something that was much-needed considering the fact that we were filming during the Covid lockdown.” 

Where can we see the film?

“‘Sparrow’s Call has been officially selected for the London Independent Film Festival and will be premiering on 21 April at the Genesis Cinema. It’s highly recommended for those who love twisted psychological thrillers with an existential touch and subtle social commentary.”

Photo credit: Ryan O’Donoghue

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