Sir Kenneth Branagh
Sir Kenneth Branagh
by The Douglas Brothers
lith print, 1992
13 5/8 in. x 10 1/8 in. (345 mm x 256 mm) image size
Given by The Douglas Brothers, 2015
Artistback to top
- The Douglas Brothers (1952-; 1962-), Photographers. Artist or producer of 14 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Part of a ‘new wave’ of actors to emerge from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Sir Kenneth Branagh was photographed for a Royal Shakespeare Company production of Hamlet at the Barbican Theatre in 1992. It was to become a career-defining performance, described by one critic as ‘the greatest Hamlet of our time’. With his features illuminated from below by reflected light, Branagh displays the psychological intensity and gravitas of the play’s hero.
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Out of the Shadows: Portraits by the Douglas Brothers (7 August 2017 - 28 January 2018)
Events of 1992back to top
Current affairsThe Church of England votes narrowly in favour of the ordination of women priests. The first women priests were ordained in 1994, inspiring the popular sitcom The Vicar of Dibley.
John Major is forced to take the pound off the European Exchange Rate Mechanism after Black Wednesday, when currency dealers continued selling sterling despite a dramatic increase in interest rates. The event damaged the Conservative party's reputation irreparably.
Art and scienceThe long-running sitcom Absolutely Fabulous airs for the first time on the BBC starring Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley as style-obsessed, middle-aged media luvvies Eddy and Patsy. June Whitfield played Eddy's mother, and Julia Sawalha her long-suffering daughter Saffy (or, 'sweetie darling').
InternationalMembers of the European Community sign the Maastricht Treaty leading to the creation of the European Union. The treaty led to the creation of the 'Euro' currency and its policy was based on a 'three pillars structure' concerned with: 1. Community. 2 . Foreign and Security Policy. 3. Criminal Matters.
At a referendum, Bosnia and Herzegovina vote to become a separate state from Yugoslavia. Civil war soon broke out.