Film Stars Donít Die in Liverpool Saturday 24th November 2018 in the Village Hall Stars: Annette Bening, Jamie Bell, Julie Walters Doors open 7pm, film starts 7.30pm Duration 1hr 45 mins Rated: R
As an unknown, struggling young actor in the late 70s, Peter Turner met and fell in love with Gloria Grahame, the legendary Hollywood star and Oscar-winner who, incredibly, was living in the same north London boarding house. She was in the endgame of her career yet maintaining a never-say-die optimism, looking for stage work in Britain and suppressing worries about her health. Then, sometime after their affair ended, Turner receives a phone call: Grahame has collapsed in her dressing room while on tour in the UK, and has asked to come and stay with Peter and his family in Liverpool, convinced that she could recover there. Annette Bening brings real star quality and a nuanced performance to the part. She gives a dynamite performance as Gloria Grahame: imperious, vulnerable, romantic, sexually excited about her younger man, wanly aware of secrets she cannot share with him. She is compared by her mother (played by Vanessa Redgrave) to Marilyn Monroe, having to stay tough while life and show business give her the fuzzy end of the lollipop. Jamie Bell who has come a long way since "Billy Elliot" 17 years ago - does really well in the company of such star power and is very affecting in the role of Peter, exasperated and angry with his impossible superstar ex-girlfriend, and yet still in love with her to the very last. Julie Walters, Stephen Cranham and Kenneth Graham provide first class support, particularly Walters as Peterís Mum. Vanessa Redgrave and Frances Barber have one terrific scene One moment a love-story, another a comedy but throughout, warmth, wit, compassion and generosity of spirit prevail.