Rubbing shoulders with royalty to clicking heels on the Croisette at Cannes, here's what happened in Lisa Marie Rae's diary in May.
May kicked off with a very important charity event and one that Getty Images supports, Sentebale, which celebrated its 10 year anniversary. Prince Harry visited Lesotho on his gap year ten years ago to the month and was shown around the country by Prince Seeiso. Overwhelmed by the poverty and hardship faced by many children, together they decided to set up Sentebale, which means ‘forget me not’ in Sesotho, with the aim of giving some of the most vulnerable children the chance of a happy, hopeful future.
The party was held at the Dorchester and was a great celebration showing short films shot by our local crew of the stories around the charity and the people involved with a host receiving awards for their work.
Getty Images hosted a table for clients who got to enjoy tricks by street magician Troy during the reception, speeches and awards delivered by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso and a performance by Joss Stone and Beverly Knight. A great evening all round and Royal Photographer Chris Jackson had his images displayed throughout the venue, showcasing his coverage of the charity over the ten years.
The ‘man about town’ became the ‘man about Cannes’ as Dave Benett and his team moved to the Cote d’Azur to cover copious amounts of glamour, parties and style for the Cannes Film Festival. Over the two weeks we were house for many of the exclusive events including Belvedere’s annual party with performances by Rita Ora this year, the Vanity Fair and Armani Party, The Hunger Games Mockingjay after-party which was a lavish affair in Antibes and Expendables 3 activity that closed the Croisette with a line of tanks holding the great and the good of the action movie genre; Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenger, Wesley Snipes, Jason Statham, Dolph Lungren, Jet Li, Mel Gibson, Antonio Banderas and Harrison Ford. Sylvester Stallone even helped us edit some of the images afterwards, which was greatly appreciated by Brett.
One event that is a favorite out of the festival is amfAR, much like Sentebale, the cause is extraordinarily important and the money raised by the renowned auctions is invaluable to the fight against HIV/AIDS. This year they raised a record breaking $35 million and the highlight was the sale of a gilded woolly mammoth skeleton created by renowned artist Damien Hirst. Titled Gone but not Forgotten, the three-meter tall Mammuthus Primigenius fetched a sum of 15 million dollars making it the highest grossing lot in amfAR’s history.
Another highlight was from patron Sharon Stone, who personally addressed the photographers, videographers and press that line up each year to capture the event to thank them for their dedicated coverage and publicity of the good work amfAR does each year. It was a nice moment and our large team was everywhere capturing arrivals before moving exclusively into the event to cover for amfAR, including studio portraiture of guests, performances by Lana Del Rey to a catwalk show and auction and all the after-party action.
From the clicking of heels on the Croisette to the galloping hoofs of the polo fields, June looks set to be an action packed month of sport and entertainment.
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