Actor Peter Turner (Jamie Bell) meets and falls in love with the 1950s film noir superstar, Gloria Grahame (Annette Benning) – see The Big Heat, below. Miss Grahame is performing on the London stage, and they both lodge at down at heel digs in North London. In due course they go to meet Turner’s family in Liverpool. The couple travel from there to LA via New York as their relationship develops. But Gloria feels welcome in Liverpool, where she can shed her troubled past. With excellent performances by Julie Walters and Kenneth Cranham as Turner’s parents.
“There is a tremendous warmth and tenderness to this sweet, sad love story starring Annette Bening and Jamie Bell – a stranger-than-fiction true romance […]. Director Paul McGuigan finds the balance between pathos and humour, working from Matt Greenhalgh’s adaptation of a memoir by the actor and writer Peter Turner.”
(Peter Bradshaw, theguardian.com)
Dir: Paul McGuigan 105mins UK 2017
A welcome return by the film’s Assistant Art Director, Susannah Brough, who will give her valuable insights on its production and context. In 2015 Susannah gave us a brilliant introduction to Rob Brown’s Sixteen. Subject to Susannah’s work commitments.