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Dench Dismisses Soul-Searching Acting

13 September 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

British actress Dame Judi Dench dismisses soul-searching theatre techniques, because she believes acting is about exploring a character as opposed to drawing out qualities from within. Dench is convinced the character should be more important than the actor but admits her feelings are nothing in comparison to those held by her Ladies In Lavender co-star Dame Maggie Smith - who brands such techniques as akin to "w**king". She says, "Acting is about the exploration of character rather than simply a projection of self. I was in New York with Maggie Smith recently, promoting a film, and we were asked about the Sanford Meisner school of acting which is based on ruthless self-exploration. Maggie, in her unique way, said, 'Oh, we have that in England, too. We call it w**king." »

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Roadside, Sundance land Brit 'Ladies' for U.S. shores

17 January 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Roadside Attractions has snapped up U.S. distribution rights to Ladies in Lavender, the British feature starring Judi Dench and Maggie Smith that served as the closing night film Sunday at the Palm Springs Film Festival. In addition, Sundance Channel Home Entertainment picked up the film's home video rights. Ladies marks the directorial debut of British actor Charles Dance, who has appeared in such movies as Gosford Park and The Swimming Pool. He also wrote the film's screenplay based on William Locke's short story. Ladies concerns two sisters (Dench and Smith) living on the Cornwall coast who take in a young man (Daniel Bruhl) who has washed ashore. »

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