April 2017 saw the release of a new documentary-length film about Gertrude Bell, Letters from Baghdad featuring remarkable footage and recreations of Bell’s life from her correspondence and photography. Helen Berry joined the film’s Directors, Sabine Krayenbuhl and Zeva Oelbaum, diplomats and politicians from the Middle East for a round-table discussion of Bell’s life and legacy with a public audience of 200 at the Royal United Services Institute, London. View a trailer for ‘Letters from Baghdad’ narrated by actor Tilda Swinton here, and a video of the panel debate.
Watch Helen Berry – and Ella the horse – feature in a video made for The Extraordinary Gertrude Bell Exhibition at the Great North Museum (2016) – click here
Colm Toibin’s Ravishing: the Sex Lives of Castrati features Helen Berry’s work on the castrato Tenducci in this month’s London Review of Books – read it here
View unseen footage of Helen Berry in conversation with Frances de la Tour from Who Do You Think You Are? here
Listen here to Helen Berry talk about the history of shoplifting as part of Amanda Vickery’s new series, Voices from the Old Bailey on BBC Radio 4. 9am, Thursday 28th August, 2014
Helen Berry discusses the riotous world of Georgian politics with Amanda Foreman (author of Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire) in two programmes for BBC Radio 4 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04brjmj
What does your taste say about you? Read Helen Berry’s blog – on the meaning of taste from Hogarth to Grayson Perry http://blog.oup.com/2012/10/taste-morality-william-hogarth-grayson-perry/
A review of The Castrato and His Wife in the Wall Street Journal has sparked a row among readers over the Catholic Church’s involvement in the castration of boys for church choirs. Read more