4 items from 2013
'It sounds like it was a risible, weird topic to you': Nina and Tom Conti get to grips with her choice of career
Tom Conti says he and Nina's mother Kara had a favourite expression in the early days. When there was a lull in the conversation, one of them would ask the other, "Do you know anything about ventriloquism?" Both were actors, and neither of them did.
"How bizarre," Nina says. "It sounds like it was a risible, weird topic to you."
"Yes," Tom continues happily in a rich, rolling Scottish accent, "it was an absurdity."
Nina is weighing up her father's words. This conversation could go either way. She smiles. "It was an absurdity to me, too. I only did it to please Ken Campbell, because he wanted me to try it and he was quite scary. You had to do what he said – you always did his bidding. »
- Simon Hattenstone
• Stuart Heritage on which other same-surname movies should be greenlit
The British actors will star in The Time of Their Lives, a road movie in which Joan plays a former Hollywood star who escapes her London retirement home and travels to France for her ex-husband's funeral. Pauline plays a housewife with a failing marriage who joins the trip, and the pair become romantically embroiled with a reclusive Frenchman played by Franco Nero.
"I was very excited by the script, which was sent to me about one month ago, »
- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
Former Dynasty star Collins is set to play Helen, a former Hollywood siren determined to gatecrash her ex-husband’s funeral at a glamorous French hideaway. Helen escapes her London retirement home with the help of Priscilla (Pauline Collins), a repressed English housewife stuck in a bad marriage.
Nero, whose prolific career includes the starring role in 1966 Western Django, will play a famous French recluse who becomes part of an uneasy love triangle with the two women.
Sarah Sulick produces for Bright Pictures, the company she set up with Roger Goldby to make his debut feature The Waiting Room, which premiered at Edinburgh and sold to Lionsgate in the UK, IFC Films in the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Cinematic portrayals of the trials and tribulations of a more mature love saga usually go hand in hand with an obvious comedic sentiment that forgives any flaws or misdemeanours in the actions of the older protagonist. In 1989’s Shirley Valentine, say, the middle-aged heroine played by Pauline Collins was mocked for having a mid-life crisis, complete with one last fling in the sun. Things improved for the older actor with the more recent The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) exploring the relationship dramas of a bunch of retired Brits, but it was still cloaked in humour.
The striking difference with Chilean writer-director Sebastian Lelio’s engaging and often dark Gloria is how the lead role of the same name could be played by any aged woman. Also, how events unfold very matter of fact in navigating the rocky relationship scene – the comedy is subjective and subliminal, if at all. With the »
- Lisa Giles-Keddie
4 items from 2013
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