Nothing Like a Dame
MAD | Vancity Theatre Screening
Four grand dames of the English theatre (and films too) get together over a cup of tea and reminisce about their long friendship, their illustrious careers, acting for the stage and the camera, and life in general. It’s uproariously funny, candid, and utterly irresistible.
"The laughter and pure hysteria are infectious in this wildly enjoyable film. I can’t for the life of me think of any other recent documentary in which I have laughed pretty much all the way through. It is nothing more nor less than an acerbic round-table chat between four of British theatre’s most famed dames: Judi Dench, Joan Plowright, Eileen Atkins and Maggie Smith, which takes place at the country home Plowright shared with her late husband, Laurence Olivier. This is basically an Avengers: Infinity War of theatrical anecdotery: outrageously camp, with sensational stills and archive footage and very brisk assessment of the past – utterly unsentimental. Judi Dench has an extraordinary anecdote about being patronised by a 17-year-old paramedic last summer when she was ’stung on the bum by a hornet’. She imitates this young man’s wheedling questions: ’What’s our name?’ (’Irritated) Judi.’ ’And have we got a carer?’ ’Fuck off! I’ve just done eight weeks in The Winter’s Tale at the Garrick.’ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
"Wholly delightful." Guy Lodge, Variety
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