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'I cautiously feel a touch of parental pride in my young self'

The other day, an intelligent young woman told me she had just watched Bleak Moments, my first film. Didn't she find it too slow, I asked – like watching paint dry? Oh no, she had loved every second – it was gripping, moving and funny. The veteran actor George Coulouris (Thatcher the lawyer in Citizen Kane) was in the cast when the rehearsals began. After three days, he walked out. He hated it. He would have played the father of the two sisters, but they became orphans instead. When the film was released and favourably received, George graciously came to a screening. Ungraciously, he walked out after half an hour, the last I ever saw of him. He was 70, my age now, nearly. I was 28, somewhat younger than my sons today. Inevitably, there is much I could criticise in my quirky old 1971 relic. »

- Laura Barnett

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