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Adrienne Fancey 1933-2013
  
 
About Adrienne Fancey
Founding Sponsor The Women's International Film & Television Showcase (TheWIFTS)

Adrienne Fancey (1933-2013), one of the great women of the 21st century and a Founding Sponsor of The Women's International Film & Television Showcase (TheWIFTS) and TheWIFTS Foundation International Visionary Awards, has passed away.

"It is a great mistake to think of being great without goodness; and I pronounce it as certain that there was never yet a truly great man [or woman] that was not at the same time truly virtuous." Benjamin Franklin. "True greatness, first of all, is a thing of the heart. It is alive with robust and generous sympathies. It is neither behind its age nor too far before it. It is up with its age, and ahead of it only just so far as to be able to lead its march. It cannot slumber, for activity is a necessity of its existence. It is no reservoir, but a fountain." Roswell D. Hitchcock.

UK film distributor Adrienne Fancey became the first woman in the United Kingdom to head her own distribution company, New Realm Entertainment. The New Realm Group of Companies was founded in 1938 by Adrienne's father, E. J. Fancey, as New Realm Pictures, Distributors and Producers. The company distributed movies from USA studios and producers, among them David Selznick and Sam Goldwyn. Adrienne was appointed managing director in 1960 and bought several European movies, among them Emmanuelle which broke all distribution records in the UK. Recent films distributed by New Realm include The Butterfly & The Diving Bell, The Queen, Mrs. Henderson Presents, Grow Your Own, and Volver. Adrienne grew up in the film industry. She went to Europe to buy films for the UK market, and also devoted time to acting in films during the 1950s. She followed her father's footsteps into producing films including The World is Full of Married Men written by her friend Jackie Collins. She became the UK's first woman managing director of her own distribution company.

Adrienne continued her interest in the film industry by becoming a Founding Sponsor of The Adrienne Fancey Best Film Award for The Women's International Film & Television Showcase (TheWIFTS), which was established in December 2008.






 
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