Picture Perfect - David Charles Manners - Beckman Unicorn - Ken Alexander - Irene Macdougall - Paul Nivison - Bruce Athol MacKinnon

Bruce Athol MacKinnon (Producer), David Charles Manners (Author), Ken Alexander (Director), Paul Nivison (Producer), Irene Macdougall (Margaret Chute)

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Members of the Creative Team joined forces for the final script workshop at Perth Theatre. An intensive two day workshop, Irene Macdougall read the part of Margaret Chute allowing the author and director to fine tune the script prior to the beginning of the full pre-production process.

Thanks to Sandra Grieve, Lu Kemp and all at Perth Theatre for their support.

– SUPPORT THE PRODUCTION –

Our amazing supporters have helped develop Picture Perfect to pre-production.
If you would like to help tell Margaret Chute's incredible true story and receive some unique 'thank yous' in recognition of your support, simply click on the 'Support with' link below and pay securely via PayPal using Visa/Mastercard/American Express.

Please note: Rewards estimated delivery September 2023

Dorothy Lee - Margaret Chute - PICTURE PERFECT

STARLET

>> Support with £10

• Access to Advance Online Streaming
• Your name in the final 'Starlet' credits of the filmed version of the play

Douglas Fairbanks Jr - PICTURE PERFECT

FAIRBANKS

>> Support with £25

• Access to Advance Online Streaming
• Your name in the 'Fairbanks' final credits of the filmed version of the play

Judy Garland - PICTURE PERFECT

GARLAND

>> Support with £50

• Signed Theatre Programme
• Access to Advance Online Streaming
• Your name in the 'Garland' final credits of the filmed version of the play

Joan Crawford - Margaret Chute - PICTURE PERFECT

CRAWFORD

>> Support with £100

• Virtual Q & A with Author and Creative Team
• Signed Theatre Programme
• Access to Advance Online Streaming
• Your name in the 'Crawford' final credits of the filmed version of the play

Charlie Chaplin - PICTURE PERFECT

CHAPLIN

>> Support with £250

• Signed Script
• Virtual Q & A with Author and Creative Team
• Signed Theatre Programme
• Access to Advance Online Streaming
• Your name in the 'Chaplin' credits at the end of the filmed version of the play.

Gloria Swanson - Margaret Chute - PICTURE PERFECT


SWANSON


>> Support with £500

• A limited number of signed copies of the newly released biography of Margaret Chute by David Charles Manners.
Packed with never-seen-before photographs, excerpts from Margaret's private diaries and the extraordinary story of the Chute family, this is a fascinating historical book which adds to what we know about the birth of Hollywood.
• Signed Script
• Virtual Q & A with Author and Creative Team
• Signed Theatre Programme
• Your name in the 'Swanson' final credits of the filmed version of the play.

Gary Cooper - Margaret Chute - PICTURE PERFECT

• Signed Film Poster
• Framed Photo from Family Archive (strictly limited)
• A limited number of signed copies of the newly released biography of Margaret Chute by David Charles Manners.
Packed with never-seen-before photographs, excerpts from Margaret's private diaries and the extraordinary story of the Chute family, this is a fascinating historical book which adds to what we know about the birth of Hollywood.
• Signed Script
• Virtual Q & A with Author and Creative Team
• Signed Theatre Programme
• Your name in the 'Cooper' final credits of the filmed version of the play.

Hollywood Studios - PICTURE PERFECT


STUDIOS


>> Support with £2,500

• Signed Film Poster
• Framed Photo from Family Archive (strictly limited)
• Signed copy of the newly released biography of Margaret Chute by David Charles Manners. Packed with never-seen-before photographs, excerpts from Margaret's private diaries and the extraordinary story of the Chute family, this is a fascinating historical book which adds a unique insight in to what we know about the birth of Hollywood.
• Signed Script
• Virtual Q & A with Author and Creative Team
• Signed Theatre Programme
• Your name in 'Studios' final credits of the filmed version of the play.

Hollywood Sign - PICTURE PERFECT


HOLLYWOOD


>> Support with £5,000

• Lunch/Dinner with Writer and Producers (UK) and members of Creative Team (subject to availability)
• Signed Film Poster
• Framed Photo from Family Archive (strictly limited)
• Signed copy of the newly released biography of Margaret Chute by David Charles Manners. Packed with never-seen-before photographs, excerpts from Margaret's private diaries and the extraordinary story of the Chute family, this is a fascinating historical book which adds a unique insight in to what we know about the birth of Hollywood.
• Signed Script
• Virtual Q & A with Author and Creative Team
• Signed Theatre Programme
• Your name in 'Hollywood' final credits of the filmed version of the play.

PICTURE PERFECT - David Charles Manners

Beckman Unicorn presents the remarkable true story of Margaret Chute, a struggling actor on the London stage, who reinvented herself in the 1920s to become Hollywood's first female freelance film journalist.

Developing intimate friendships with Joan Crawford, Charlie Chaplin, Judy Garland, Bette Davies, Gloria Swanson, Mae West, Douglas Fairbanks, Lilian Gish and Gary Cooper – whom she met when they both witnessed a murder – the ‘indefatigable’ Margaret soon gained an international reputation for both her trailblazing writing and stunning, candid photographs of the stars – only to be destroyed by the very industry to which she dedicated over 20 years of her short life.

A courageous, independent woman who travelled on her own across the Atlantic from England to the exciting new world of Hollywoodland, Margaret defied social norms, finally exposing the tragic cost of the pursuit of fame and choosing to pay the ultimate price.

Her history has been deleted from Hollywood history due to her outspoken position on the way young women were treated – perhaps the earliest exponent of the #MeToo movement with her explosive article published in 1935.

With unique access to the private family archive, Picture Perfect allows Margaret’s fascinating story to be told for the first time…

I hope Margaret is given her rightful place in the History of Hollywood.’ MARIA COOPER JANIS, daughter of Gary Cooper