The Directors Guild of Great Britain in association with EJ Casting hosted an an evening of cocktails and conversation last night at Cecconis Restaurant in West Hollywood. Among those attending were actresses Jacqueline Bisset, Joanne Whalley, Barbara Steele and former MGM child star, Cora Sue Burnett. Male actors were represented by Kakeem Kae-Kazim, Tom Malloy, Luke Massy, Craig Young, Darren Darnborough and Eric Peter-Kaiser.
Also in attendance were musician and author, Paul Tennant whose Beatle related book. All You Need is Luck will released early in 2010, Lady Victoria Herve and designer Julia Clancey.
Others enjoying wine and Cecconis delicious pizza were actress, Tessa Shaw, producers, Louisa Spring, William J. McDonald, Peter Crane, Michelle Alexandria and Julia Verdin, directors Paul Lynch, Armand Mastroianni, Riley Wood and Peter Foldy, as well as EJ Casting president, James Norris.
The Directors Guild of Great Britain was aiming to raise awareness for their various causes and charities, as well as to invite both American and UK industry professionals to join the organization.
The DGGB focuses on promoting British directors, training and cultural events. They have given Lifetime Achievement Awards to film and theater directors such as Fred Zinneman, Joan Littlewood, Stanley Kubrick and John Schlesinger CBE.