The Comox Valley Art Gallery Film Circuit presents two Film Series each year. FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL is the third film in our Winter 2018 series.
Director: Paul McGuigan
Cast: Annette Bening, Jamie Bell
Runtime: 105 mins
Country: United Kingdom
The sultry Gloria Grahame won a best supporting actress Oscar for her performance in 1952’s The Bad and the Beautiful. She appeared in films alongside Humphrey Bogart, Robert Mitchum, Lana Turner, Kirk Douglas, and a bevy of other icons. Her star blazed brightly then faded quickly, but she did not disappear. How Grahame spent her later years is the subject of this beautiful — and rare — ode to life after fame.
Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool features as fine a performance as you will see this year: Annette Bening’s portrayal of Grahame. She is paired brilliantly with Jamie Bell, who breathes pure empathy into his role as Gloria’s lover Peter Turner, a working-class English actor. Drawing on Turner’s memoir of the same name, director Paul McGuigan fashions a moving narrative that embraces the high and lows of the erstwhile Hollywood star’s time spent living in Liverpool in the 1970s. Gloria is in her fifties, but her vitality and eccentricity leave Peter, who is decades younger, enraptured by this outrageous new force in his life.
As the two embark on their romance, we follow them from England to Los Angeles, from stage to hospital, and from laughter to tears. Unorthodox and sincere, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool is the kind of showbiz love story seldom depicted onscreen.
Tickets & Passes available at the CVAG Gift Shop
Tickets are $13 for CVAG Members, $14 for Non-Members
Passes are $72 for CVAG Members, $78 for Non-Members (includes all films in the series)
A limited amount of passes are available for each series. To purchase tickets/passes over the phone call the CVAG Shop at 250.338.6211 ext. 1
View the full film listing for the Winter 2018 series here.
All screenings are at the Rialto Theatre, 2665 Cliffe Ave, Courtenay at 5pm