Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool


Sunday, Nov. 5 at 5:15pm
Plaza Frontenac Cinema

Based on Peter Turner’s memoir, Paul McGuigan’s “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool” follows the playful but passionate relationship between Turner (Jamie Bell) and the eccentric Academy Award®-winning actress Gloria Grahame (Annette Bening) in 1978 Liverpool. When a romance sparks between the young actor and the Hollywood leading lady, what starts as a vibrant affair between a legendary femme fatale and her young lover quickly grows into a deeper relationship, with Gloria looking to Turner for comfort. Their passion and lust for life are tested to the limits by events beyond their control. “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool” also stars Julie Walters and and the legendary Vanessa Redgrave. Praising the film’s leads as “two stars working at the height of their powers,” the Hollywood Reporter writes: “The two leading performances deserve to generate Oscar® buzz. Bening does not make an effort to imitate Grahame’s distinctive pout or drawl, but she captures the spirit of the complicated actress with remarkable subtlety and flair. We never doubt Grahame’s ability to mesmerize a much younger man, and Bening revels in all of Grahame’s complexities…. Bell has done a lot of solid work since his breakout role in ‘Billy Elliott,’ but this is definitely his most memorable performance since then.”