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by Douglas Sutherland-Bruce (subscribe)
Douglas has been a professional food writer since 1986. He is also an award-winning actor and director in Community Theatre and has been for many years. His blog may be found at:
Published February 6th 2018
It's a whole other thing to be afraid of living

Nobody does simple, little, low-budget, movies like the British. Just think of the Ealing comedies, Hand in Hand, A Private Function, Withnail and I, Mrs Henderson Presents and so on.

And yet each of these is a little masterpiece, succeeding on several levels, including popularity and critical reception.

Part of the secret is the vast stable of British character actors that can be drawn on for these films.

Finding Your Feet is just such a gem of a film, starring Imelda Staunton, Joanna Lumley, Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie, David Hayman, John Sessions and Josie Lawrence.

The script, by Nick Moorcroft and Meg Leonard, is pure joy and direction by Richard Loncraine is unobtrusively brilliant and immaculate.

Despite the fact that the film deals with death, betrayal, dementia and ageing, it is a comedy, bubbling with life and the love of life.

The plot is hardly original with its theme of 'starting over', but treated as if it is, which makes it fresh and lovely.

The film opens with Sandra, Lady Abbott (Imelda Staunton) celebrating her husband's (John Sessions with a Welsh accent) retirement from the police force as Chief Constable after forty years of marriage.

It all goes horribly wrong when she discovers he's been having an affair with her best friend for the past five years.

She storms off from her mansion in Surrey to her estranged sister, Bif (Celia Imrie) who she hasn't seen for years in tower block London.

The two, one stiff, married, snobbish and dull, the other free-spirited, open-minded and accepting, don't really have a lot in common to start with, except shared memories of childhood.

Sandra gradually, over the months, begins to thaw in the warmth of Bif's affection and she joins in with Bif and her friends in dance lessons, becoming close to Charlie (Timothy Spall).

The group of friends, all in their 60s, are warm, supportive, naughty and endearing. Proof that life doesn't end with youth.

As Bif puts it - 'It's one thing being scared of dying, it's a whole different thing being afraid of living'

The movie is charming, touching, inspirational, aspirational, heart-warming and very funny indeed. Shot in some of the most iconic spots in London and Rome, the movie is life-affirming and proof, if proof were needed, that it's never too late to take a leap of faith.

The season starts at the Windsor Cinema in Nedlands and the Cinema Paradiso in Northbridge on the 22nd February, 2018.

Very Highly Recommended Indeed.

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