Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool

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Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool
Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool.png
British release poster
Directed byPaul McGuigan
Produced by
Screenplay byMatt Greenhalgh
Based onFilm Stars Don't Die in Liverpool
by Peter Turner
Starring
Music byJ. Ralph
CinematographyUla Pontikos
Edited byNick Emerson
Production
company
Distributed by
Release date
  • 1 September 2017 (2017-09-01) (Telluride)
  • 16 November 2017 (2017-11-16) (United Kingdom)
  • 29 December 2017 (2017-12-29) (United States)
Running time
106 minutes[1]
Country
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$10 million[2]
Box office$3.4 million[3]

Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool is a 2017 biographical romantic drama film directed by Paul McGuigan and starring Annette Bening and Jamie Bell, with a cast that includes Vanessa Redgrave and Julie Walters. It is based on the memoir of the same name by Peter Turner, which tells of his relationship with aging Academy Award-winning American actress Gloria Grahame in 1970s Liverpool and, some years later, her death from breast cancer.

The film premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on 1 September 2017. It was released in the United Kingdom on 16 November by Lionsgate and in the United States on 29 December by Sony Pictures Classics. At the 71st British Academy Film Awards, the it received three nominations: Best Actress (Bening), Best Actor (Bell) and Best Adapted Screenplay.[4]

Synopsis[edit]

The film presents Gloria Grahame in two time periods: During an affair with Peter Turner and during a production of The Glass Menagerie in the role of Amanda.[5][6]

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

On 6 May 2016, it was reported that Annette Bening, Jamie Bell, and Julie Walters would star in an adaptation of Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool by Peter Turner, a memoir about Turner's relationship with actress Gloria Grahame in the last years of her life. Paul McGuigan would direct from a script written by Matt Greenhalgh, and Barbara Broccoli and Colin Vaines would produce.[7] On 27 June 2016, Vanessa Redgrave joined the cast.[8]

On 27 June 2016, the film began filming in Liverpool and London.[9] It then moved to Pinewood Studios, where it wrapped on 8 August 2016.[10] To fill in for scenes set in New York City and Malibu, California, the crew used rear-screen projections.[2] On 11 November 2017, Elvis Costello released an original song entitled "You Shouldn't Look at Me That Way", composed specifically for the film.[11]

Release[edit]

In August 2017, Sony Pictures Classics acquired U.S. distribution rights to the film.[12] The film had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival on 1 September 2017.[13] It also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival on 9 September 2017.[14][15]

The film was released in the United Kingdom on 16 November 2017 by Lionsgate.[16] and in the United States on 29 December 2017.[17]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 80% based on 146 reviews, with an average rating of 6.7/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool showcases brilliant work from Annette Bening, whose performance is more than enough to outweigh this biopic's basic narrative."[18] On Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average rating to reviews, the film has a normalised score of 65 out of 100, based on 34 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". However, the film was a box office flop that only generated $3.4 million out of its $10 million budget.[19]

Accolades[edit]

AwardDate of ceremonyCategoryRecipientsResultRef.
Hollywood Film Awards6 November 2017New Hollywood AwardJamie BellWon[20]
British Independent Film Awards10 December 2017Best ActorJamie BellNominated[21]
Best CastingDebbie McWilliamsNominated
Best Production DesignEve StewartNominated
Best Supporting ActressJulie WaltersNominated
San Francisco Film Critics Circle10 December 2017Best ActressAnnette BeningNominated[22]
London Film Critics Circle28 January 2018Actress of the YearAnnette BeningNominated[23]
AARP's Movies for Grownups Awards5 February 2018Best ActressAnnette BeningWon[24][25]
Best Grownup Love StoryFilm Stars Don't Die in LiverpoolNominated
Women's Image Network Awards6 February 2018Best Feature FilmFilm Stars Don't Die in LiverpoolNominated[26]
Best Actress in a Feature FilmAnnette BeningNominated
Evening Standard British Film Awards8 February 2018Best ActorJamie BellNominated[27]
Technical AchievementEve StewartNominated
Guild of Music Supervisors Awards8 February 2018Best Music Supervision for Film: Budgeted Under 10 Million DollarsIan NeilNominated[28]
British Academy Film Awards18 February 2018Best Actor in a Leading RoleJamie BellNominated[29]
Best Actress in a Leading RoleAnnette BeningNominated
Best Adapted ScreenplayMatt GreenhalghNominated

References[edit]

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  11. ^ O'Connor, Roisin (9 November 2017). "Elvis Costello reveals new song and video 'You Shouldn't Look at Me That Way' - premiere". The Independent. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
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  21. ^ Clarke, Stewart (1 November 2017). "'Lady Macbeth' Tops Nominations for British Independent Film Awards". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  22. ^ SFFCC (10 December 2017). "2017 SAN FRANCISCO FILM CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS". San Francisco Film Critics Circle. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
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  26. ^ Anderson, Erik (14 November 2017). "'American Gods,' 'Outlander,' 'Novitiate,' 'The Post' Among 19th Women's Image Awards Film and Television Nominees". Awards Watch. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  27. ^ Dex, Robert (13 January 2018). "Discover all the nominations for this year's Evening Standard British Film Awards". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  28. ^ Variety Staff (11 January 2018). "Sufjan Stevens, 'Greatest Showman,' 'Girls' Among Guild of Music Supervisors Awards Nominees". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
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