Vanessa Redgrave was Guest Director of the Brighton Festival 2012. During the Festival she directed and narrated with Nadim Sawalha & Najla Said, a play with music and a girls’ choir,devised by Vanessa and Mariam C.Said, based on the memoir of Mariam’s mother Wadad Makdisi Cortas, a devoted teacher and principal of a girls school in Beirut, Lebanon.This was presented at the Theatre Royal, Brighton in May, 2012.
In June this year in Dublin, Vanessa recited the Seamus Heaney poem “The Republic of Conscience” for the Amnesty International Concert for Aung San Suu Kyi, who received the Ambassador of Conscience Award from Bono.
Vanessa was last on Broadway in the 2010/2011 season with James Earl Jones & Boyd Gaines in the play by Alfred Uhry ” Driving Miss Daisy”, directed by David Esbjornson.
In the 2007 season she was seen in Joan Didion’s play “The Year of Magical Thinking” directed by Sir David Hare.
Vanessa appears in a new film with Terence Stamp, “Song For Marion”, screened at the TIFF Festival in Toronto September 15 this year,and also on October 19 at the London Film Festival.”Coriolanus” the film starring and directed by Ralph Fiennes, in which Vanessa plays Volumnia,the mother of Shakespeare’s warrior, was also screened at these Festivals in 2011. One of Vanessa’s favorite roles is in “Letters to Juliet” directed by Gary Winnick, filmed in Italy in 2009, and also in The Whistleblower with Rachel Weisz, released 2011.
On September 14th this year Vanessa Redgrave received UNICEF Germany’s Award for Childrens Rights in Frankfurt. She has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 1995, and a UNICEF-UK Special Representative from 1993-1995.