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In Celebration Of Oscar Moore - Film Quiz 1

Christopher Fowler
With World AIDS Day having just passed, I thought this would be a good time to remember Oscar Moore. Oscar wrote for the Guardian newspaper and Screen International. He also bravely chronicled the horror of suffering from Aids-related illnesses and failing experimental therapies, and continued to write his column until his death (this was long before combination therapy restored healthy lives to millions). When he passed away, a charity was set up in his name, first to help fight the disease and raise awareness, and then when it was tamed, to create a fund for young writers so that they could develop screenplays. It says a lot about the ever-parlous state of the British film industry that in all the years of funding scripts, not one was ever made into a film. Every year, a charity event in the form of a really hard film quiz was staged to raise money for the foundation. I created the quiz and co-hosted onstage with
Anne-Marie Flynn, the charming publisher of Screen.
Supported by Emma Thompson and Stephen Fry, we became an annual film industry event that grew ever-more celeb-y and glamorous, eventually moving to London's Cafe Royale and populated by directors, producers and major movie stars who came to raise money and let their hair down. It was a nightmare to co-ordinate, as it involved around 120 questions all with movie clips, soundtracks, montages, live appearances and audience participation. Everyone got very competitive and shouty. It's not easy to concentrate on cueing the next round when you've got Guy Ritchie and Jonathan Ross yelling in your face, but I have happy memories of Heath Ledger and Ewan McGregor being incredibly kind and helpful. Every year we ended the rounds with a singalong, which was always an uproarious highlight. After about ten years, we'd exhausted ourselves and the foundation came to an end. So in memory of those wonderful times, I'm going to post a series of musical numbers from the final rounds in the run-up to Christmas, and each time I'll be asking one question. So, which popular singer sang this number in a 1999 movie?
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snowy (not verified) Sat, 14/12/2013 - 14:38

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Easy peesy, thon lass from Lancs. But I'll let others guess as well.

RobertR (not verified) Sun, 15/12/2013 - 00:54

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Lisa Stansfield - but I prefer Anita O'Day's version

Helen Martin (not verified) Mon, 16/12/2013 - 04:33

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I don't know - Martha Raye's version is a lot of fun.

Helen Martin (not verified) Mon, 16/12/2013 - 04:35

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And I just heard that Peter O'Toole has died - at 81. The bluest eyes ever under an Arab head scarf.