Events in Film & TV on August 27

  • 1950 1st transmission of a TV programme from continental Europe shown on BBC
  • 1964 25th Venice Film Festival: "Red Desert" directed by Michelangelo Antonioni wins Golden Lion

Film Premiere

1964 Walt Disney's musical film "Mary Poppins" directed by Robert Stevenson, starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, with songs by Richard and Robert Sherman, premieres at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, California; wins 5 Academy Awards

  • 1965 WTVI TV channel 42 in Charlotte, North Carolina (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1967 Naomi Sims is 1st black model on US cover (Fashion of the Times)
  • 1990 WWF Summer Slam-Ultimate Warrior beats Rick Rude

Theatrical Finale

1994 Neil Simon's comedy "Laughter on the 23rd Floor" closes at Richard Rodgers Theater, NYC, after 320 performances

Theatrical Finale

1995 Tom Stoppard's comedic play "Arcadia" closes at Vivian Beaumont Theater, NYC, after 204 performances

  • 1997 54th Venice Film Festival: "Hana-bi" directed by Takeshi Kitano wins Golden Lion

Film & TV History

2001 Angelina Jolie is named a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador at UNHCR headquarters in Geneva

  • 2002 59th Venice Film Festival: "The Magdalene Sisters" directed by Peter Mullan wins Golden Lion
  • 2003 60th Venice Film Festival: "The Return" directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev wins Golden Lion

Film Release

2004 Hong Kong martial arts film "Hero" starring Jet Li opens in the US and becomes first Chinese-language film to go to #1 at US box office

Emmy Awards

2006 58th Emmy Awards: 24, The Office, Kiefer Sutherland & Mariska Hargitay win

  • 2008 65th Venice Film Festival: "The Wrestler" directed by Darren Aronofsky wins Golden Lion

Film Premiere

2013 "Gravity", directed and co-written by Alfonso Cuarón and starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney premieres at the Venice Film Festival

Film & TV History

2013 Dove Cameron releases a cover of "On Top of the World" by Imagine Dragons

Film Premiere

2014 "Birdman" directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and starring Michael Keaton and Zach Galifianakis premieres at the Venice Film Festival (Best Picture, 2015)

  • 2014 71st Venice Film Festival: "A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence" directed by Roy Andersson wins Golden Lion