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The setting's Provence, but the humour is brittle, British and with a tang of poison
Edward St Aubyn has co-written this movie adaptation of his Booker-shortlisted autobiographical novel Mother's Milk, directed by Gerry Fox. The result looks a bit like television, though it isn't bad: sparky, boisterous, cynical, a little self-conscious but more grownup and literate than most new British movies. Jack Davenport makes the most of a juicy lead role as Patrick Melrose, a cynical, upper-middle-class Englishman deeply angry with his ageing mother, played by the now late Margaret Tyzack, in her final role. She has, in her dotage, agreed to gift the family's beautiful Provençal house to a dodgy guy called Seamus Dorke (Adrian Dunbar) as the HQ for his new age therapies. Patrick is taking his family for one final holiday in this idyllic place, for a last painful interview with his mother, who is in a nursing home nearby, »
- Peter Bradshaw
Director: Gerald Fox
Running Time: 95 minutes
Synopsis: When a stroke-afflicted woman decides to give her beautiful Provence house to a hippy foundation rather than to her son, she puts a strain on the already-troubled relationships between her family members as they realize something they love dearly will soon be gone forever…
When looking at the synopsis for Mother’S Milk, it’s hard to make a judgment on whether the story appeals. After all, a middle-class family facing the loss of something very luxurious? Oh, god forbid! But there is so much to Edward St Aubyn’s original novel; sadly, the film version is not as straightforward as the book seems to be.
Mother’S Milk marks a change of direction for Gerald Fox, who is usually known for his art documentaries (most notably, his dramatized »
- Lucy Cave
The inspirational voice coach Elizabeth Pursey has died aged 89. Elizabeth had a long teaching association with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. From the late 1970s, she also worked on many significant films, including The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988) with Daniel Day-Lewis, who so valued her guidance in pre-production that she was brought in to work with the film's other actors during its shoot in France.
She was born Elizabeth Watson in Ramsgate. Her family moved to Ilford, east London, where she attended Ursuline high school. She gained a place at Rada but her father's declining health, after sustaining serious injuries in the first world war, meant that she did not take up the offer. Elizabeth wanted to join the Land Army during the second world war, but instead worked on a production line.
She returned to the Ursulines as a teacher, most notably at St Angela's school in Forest Gate, »
3 items from 2012
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