Leading talent agent to share ‘insider’ perspective of show business

One of the world’s leading agents whose clients are a ‘who’s who’ of the red carpet will share his experience of show business at a special event in Aberdeen.

Duncan Heath, head of Europe's largest talent and literary agency, the Independent Talent Group, based in London, represents film stars such as Michael Caine, Rachel Weisz, Daniel Craig, Colin Firth and Anthony Hopkins.

His clients also include directors Sam Mendes, Danny Boyle and Mike Newell while his modelling agency represents Naomi Campbell, Iman and Elizabeth Hurley.

Heath will feature in the latest of the University of Aberdeen’s popular Director’s Cut series where he will be ‘in conversation’ with Dr Alan Marcus, Head of the Film and Visual Culture Department at the University.

The event will highlight the pivotal role of the agent and how the deals for some of the best known films were put together.

Heath, son of the Battle of Britain Spitfire ace Sir Barrie Heath, will also discuss how he broke into the industry, studying law before getting a start at the William Morris Agency.

Dr Marcus said the Director’s Cut with Duncan Heath would provide a unique insight into the business side of film making for both students and members of the public alike.

“In University Film Studies programmes the emphasis is usually placed on historical and theoretical approaches to studying film.  The business side of the industry is rarely examined in any depth, yet ironically it is precisely the economics that drives the industry and keeps it afloat,” he added.

“Duncan Heath is the ultimate insider, ‘the invisible man’ behind many of the feature films made in the UK and abroad.  

“The audience will be treated for the first time to hearing about ‘the art of the deal’ from one who knows.  

“The Director’s Cut series, now in its fifth season, aims to facilitate discussions like this which bring together leading practitioners with students of film and members of the public.  We are excited about Duncan Heath coming to Aberdeen for this special event and hope many will join us.’

The event takes place at 6pm at the Kings College Conference Centre, University of Aberdeen and is free of charge to attend but booking must be made in advance by visiting www.abdn.ac.uk/events/details-11952.php