Another astounding role for Annette Bening (20th Century Women, closing film of IFFR 2017), who plays a 55-year-old Hollywood diva in this stylish production. Once, the flighty Gloria Grahame acted opposite stars like Humphrey Bogart. Now she’s trying to retain her style and charm in shabby, late-1970s Liverpool. She meets a young actor Peter, charmingly portrayed by Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot), and the two have a passionate, yet doomed affair.

The narrative, based on real events, sheds new light on perspectives on women. Even the most liberated actress who resisted the objectifying looks of the old studio bosses, ultimately asks her lover "How do I look?" Wonderful roles for Vanessa Redgrave and Julie Waters as well as a telling scene in which the real Grahame accepted her Oscar. A powerful, tragic portrait of idolised actresses over the years.

Filmmaker
Paul McGuigan
Country
United Kingdom
Year
2017
Medium
DCP
Length
105’
Language
English
Producer
Barbara Broccoli, Colin Vaines
Production Company
Bad & Beautiful Productions
Sales
IM Global
Writer
Matt Greenhalgh
Cinematography
Urszula Pontikos
Editor
Nick Emerson
Production Design
Eve Stewart
Sound Design
Paul Davies, John Midgley
Music
J. Ralph
Cast
Annette Bening, Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Vanessa Redgrave, Stephen Graham, Kenneth Cranham, James Bloor