★★★★ - Empire | ★★★★ - The Telegraph | ★★★★ - The Guardian
Based on a remarkable true story and adapted from the memoir by the actor and writer Peter Turner, Annette Bening stars as Gloria Grahame (Oscar-winning star of The Big Heat and In a Lonely Place) who meets struggling actor Peter (Jamie Bell) in the late 1970s while they’re living in the same London boarding house.
Falling for each other, Gloria hides her ill health from Peter; but after collapsing during a UK tour she asks if she can come and stay with his family in Liverpool to recuperate.
Heartfelt, moving and bursting with warmth, Bening and Bell are on top form and share a sparkling believable chemistry, while the superb supporting cast includes Julie Walters, Kenneth Cranham and Stephen Graham as Peter’s somewhat star-struck family.
After the 7.45pm screening on Mon 20 Nov, we will have a panel discussion about the pressures and double standards on female stars. Panellists include: Ellen Wright who specialises in historic media representations of gender and sexuality in Hollywood film, Laraine Porter who has written extensively on silent cinema and the history of women in cinema, and Dr Alissa Clarke researching gender and performance practice in classical Hollywood cinema.
Dir: Paul McGuigan
Cast: Annette Bening, Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Kenneth Cranham, Stephen Graham
UK 2017, 105mins