"And that was really down to Annie; she just has a way of putting people at ease in front of the camera." A photo-shoot with Leibovitz has long been the Hollywood equivalent of a lifetime achievement award, reserved for established A-listers.
Donnelly is not quite at that level yet but her dark-eyed intensity has won rave reviews from New York's ferocious theatre critics and there is no doubt that her star is in a steep ascent.
He continued: “We’re hoping to pull back in some old faces from the soul era first time around and since it’s rebirth at the Kestrel Suite.
“This gig will celebrate the rebirth of the 1960s soul scene, without The Kestrel I’m not sure it would have made this return.” DJs Roman, Shaun Fitton, and Des Jones will also hit the decks playing a range of northern soul and Motown.
"There is a fair bit of alarm when something like that happens. I've been reticent to get involved in that side of things.
It's not my job to get really personal in how I express myself. But letting my personal life out there, I don't think is a good idea for me, I think the more you do that, the more you can be accused of encouraging that kind of attention." On her Twitter feed she makes the message ever clearer: direct messages will not be entertained.
It was what Laura Donnelly calls "the most exciting time in my life." She'd won the role in the Lance Armstrong biopic Icon, in which she would play Emma O'Reilly, the Irish masseuse who blew the whistle on Armstrong. When I was told it was going to be Annie who did the pictures, I was just about to go to meet a group of my girlfriends in Balthazar restaurant in Covent Garden.
It's a really engaging and adventurous record', Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music (2015) 'I love this actually.It was incredible." The picture when it appeared showed her brooding in a nautical setting with Jackman and co-star Cush Jumbo."I sort of had this idea that the set- up for the pictures were going to be complicated but in fact it was one of the easiest shoots I've ever done in my life", she says.Northern Soul features in current album The Imposter where Sarakula lovingly indulges his late 60s and early 70s references while executing them with a colder, contemporary vision.Ever the internationalist, Sarakula recorded The Imposter in studios spread across London, Berlin and Sydney with a host of his musical comrades appearing on the record."Released in 1967 it never did very well but it’s a rare collectables record now, and it’s one of the best.” The Todmorden DJ first started playing records at a Todmorden youth club aged 16, before becoming a resident DJ at Burnley Mecca in the 1970s during the hey days of soul music.