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Simon Jack Astaire
London, United Kingdom
|Occupation||novelist , screenwriter, media advisor|
|Spouse(s)||Pilar Ordovas (m. 2018)|
Astaire was recruited by the talent agency International Creative Management (ICM) UK, where he became the youngest agent yet to be employed by the firm. During his ten-year career as head of young artists (clients included Oscar Winner Rachel Weisz) and international signings at ICM, Simon established a thriving music department.
In 1997 he became Chief Executive of Protocol Multimedia with diverse media divisions that included personal representation, product and celebrity endorsement and PR, working with companies such as Bvlgari, Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, Alfred Dunhill and Saatchi & Saatchi. Charlize Theron was contracted to Bvlgari as Lady Helen Taylor was to Armani and Calvin Klein. Astaire negotiated an unprecedented deal between writer Fay Weldon and Bvlgari; she was commissioned to write a novel The Bvlgari Connection in what was the first commission of its kind.
His first novel, Private Privilege, was published in 2008 by Quartet Books. The story is a rites of passage through the eyes of a public school boy. The sequel And You Are? was published the following year. It is set in Hollywood, Las Vegas and London. His third novel, Mr Coles, was published in May 2011. It takes place in an English Prep School and follows the tortured life of one of its masters. It was described in one review as "illuminating the dark alleys of the human condition". His fourth novel, The Last Photograph, is set on 21 December 1988; the day Pan Am Flight 103 crashed into Lockerbie. It was Hello Magazine's book of the week and the review described it as being 'emotionally eloquent and a searing study of loss and love.' His first authorised biography is of soccer star Sol Campbell. It was published in March 2014 and was serialized in The Sunday Times. The biography became The Times critic's choice of the week. Astaire was nominated as best 'new' writer at The Best Sports Book Awards of the Year 2015.
In September 2018, a regular feature called Station to Station began in The Sunday Telegraph. Simon Astaire's concept is asking his guest 12 questions whilst they take an imaginary train journey of their choice. His first guest was Ian Holm and he chose Paris to Antibes.
Astaire co produced the movie The Last Photograph based on his novel of the same title. He also wrote the screenplay. The film was shot in Central London and Lockerbie, Scotland. It is directed by Danny Huston and stars Danny Huston, Sarita Choudhury, Stacy Martin.The world premiere was at the Edinburgh Film Festival in June 2017. It was shortlisted for The Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film. Its first US screening was at Mill Valley Film Festival in October 2107. The film was released at selected theaters in the United States on September 6th 2019 and available on all on the major platforms. The critic Joan Lowerison wrote," "Simon Astaire's brilliantly-written script offers sudden time shifts, black-and-white and color shots, even some blurry shots, and sudden unnerving emotional outbursts illustrating Tom's interior struggle."