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The Calling (2009) Poster

(III) (2009)

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Like her character, Sister Gertrude, Rita Tushingham truly is an avid Liverpool fan and has supported the football team since she was a child in Liverpool.
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'Jan Dunn' and Elaine Wickham were introduced to Brenda Blethyn by Bob Hoskins when he brought her to the set of Ruby Blue. Jan pitched Sister Ignatious to Brenda - who said she'd been interviewed the day before and when asked if there is anything she'd like to do yet that she hadn't, she had said "play a nun in a closed order, so I don't have to learn any lines."
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Last cinema film of Susannah York.
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The role of Joanna was originally written with Natalie Press in mind.
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Dunn cast all her nuns before writing the screenplay specifically writing the characters for the ensemble cast of women. She is building a reputation for writing interesting characters for women.
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Unlike her first two screenplays, Gypo and Ruby Blue, which were written in prose format with a predominantly improvised dialogue, every line of dialogue in The Calling is scripted. She handed one scene to Brenda Blethyn and Rita Tushingham to edit down whilst in make-up, from a long eight minute sequence to just a three minute scene, not wanting to take the responsibility of cutting any of her much admired actress's lines.
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