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More Coverage of the Hope for Orphans Benefit

Note: This is an archived entry that’s several years old. While I have ensured that all photos are restored, some links may no longer work. If you encounter any dead links, let me know and I’ll try to find a copy of the material. Some entries may not be up to my current standards as far as photo source and other credits are concerned; if you are a photographer or writer of a piece that lacks appropriate acknowledgement, please let me know and I’ll be happy to add source info.

The Daily Telegraph published a story about the Hope for Orphans Japan benefit earlier today, including several new photos of the stars in attendance. You can see the original article here (it’s quite large), and I’ll post the text and a new photo of Hugo below:

28 Jul 2011; The Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

Actors play big part in a kind act

PROUD Aussie actor Bryan Brown doesn’t often talk about the three years he spent in an orphanage as a child, but on Tuesday he broke his own code of silence to share his recollections of the time at a fundraiser in Surry Hills for Japanese orphans. The 63-year-old, who had his beautiful daughter Matilda on his arm at the event, was one of a cast of actors who helped raise $80,000 for a remote Iwate orphanage left cut off following the recent tsunami and earthquakes in Japan.

Also squeezing into the Tokonoma restaurant for the party and charity auction were co-organiser Sam Neill and his wife Noriko, David Wenham, Richard Roxburgh, Hugo Weaving, Diesel, designer Camilla Freeman and MC Deb Hutton. Liam Neeson was a promised guest but instead sent apologies from Istanbul, where he is shooting his latest film. He did offer himself for lunch as an auction item, and will entertain a bidder who paid $6000 to dine with him at New York’s Cafe Luxembourg.

The event, masterminded by a group of film industry makeup artists and Noriko Neill, Sam’s Japanese-born wife, will enable children to be offered music, sports, art, dance and grief counselling.


Hugo Weaving and David Wenham; photo: Noel Kessell/Daily Telegraph.

More photos from the event (including pics of Sam Neill, Richard Roxburgh and Bryan Brown) can be seen in the original piece.

UPDATE: Hugo gave a very goofy radio interview the day before his departure from Australia (I think he’s doing a play in some other country… I’ll have to check.) 😉 You can listen to it at Ant & Becks’ radio podcast (101.1 Melbourne) here. I love his utter lack of interest in attending to rote promotional duties. 😉

Hugo Attends Hope For Orphans Japan Charity Event

Note: This is an archived entry that’s several years old. While I have ensured that all photos are restored, some links may no longer work. If you encounter any dead links, let me know and I’ll try to find a copy of the material. Some entries may not be up to my current standards as far as photo source and other credits are concerned; if you are a photographer or writer of a piece that lacks appropriate acknowledgement, please let me know and I’ll be happy to add source info.

After a lot of mystery and speculation about various events Hugo Weaving might attend this past week or so, I’m thrilled to report that he opted for the most meaningful one, the Hope for Orphans Japan charity benefit in Sydney last night. There’s only one image thusfar, which originated at WireImage and LIFE’s photo site… but it’s a great one:

(L to R: Hugo Weaving, Richard Roxburgh, Sam Neill, David Wenham, Althea Gold)  Photo by Zak Kaczmaerek/WireImage

This is the only photo I’ve found of Hugo, but Wireimage has a gallery of other photos featuring Sam Neill and Bryan Brown (who hosted the event) and some of the other attendees. The charity raises funds  to help orphans in Japan’s Iwate prefecture whose lives were devastated by the earthquake and tsunami that struck the country’s eastern coast earlier this year.  I’ll add any additional news items or photos that become available as I find them.

This confirms that the cast of Uncle Vanya are as yet in Sydney, though with an August 4 premiere in Washington DC, they likely won’t be there long. I have to say Hugo’s priorities have really impressed me once again this week. 🙂

THIS JUST IN: Moviefone has debuted the first poster for Happy Feet Two, which hits theaters in November. No new info on Hugo’s character (one presumes he’ll be voicing the crochety old Noah the Elder again, but this isn’t confirmed.) The marketing is emohasizing the hyper-cute baby penguins as always, but at least this time Hugo’s name is on the poster. 😉