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Barbara Broccoli's Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool at cinemas

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Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool is a new critically acclaimed film produced by executive James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli featuring a stellar cast headed by Anette Benning, Jamie Bell, Vanessa Redgrave, Julie Walters and Kenneth Cranham. The film premieres at UK cinemas on 17th November 2017 having previously been screened at various film festivals.

Based on the acclaimed memoir by British actor Peter Turner, Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool is directed by Paul McGuigan and follows the playful but passionate relationship between Turner (Bell) and the eccentric Academy Award®-winning actress Gloria Grahame (Benning).

Liverpool, 1979: What starts as a vibrant affair between a legendary femme fatale and her young lover quickly grows into a deeper relationship, with Turner being the one person Gloria allows herself to turn to for comfort and strength. Their passion and lust for life is tested to the limits by events beyond their control. Gloria Grahame was the Hollywood leading lady at the heart of several 1950s hit films including The Big Heat and Oklahoma!. She won the Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Bad and the Beautiful.

The screenplay was written by BAFTA winner Matt Greenhalgh, and was shot on location in Liverpool and London, and at Pinewood Studios. The soundtrack features a host of hits from the period, along with new music, including a specially recorded track by Elvis Costello.

Other Bond related people behind the scenes include Debbie McWilliams (casting director), Jany Temime (costume designer) and Naomi Donne (Makeup and Hair Designer).

Official trailer for Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool

About producer Barbara Broccoli

Barbara Broccoli is producer of the James Bond film series with her brother Michael G Wilson. Broccoli became associate producer with Tom Pevsner on The Living Daylights and Licence To Kill. Together with Wilson, she has produced the last eight Bond films including, Skyfall and Spectre. Through her independent production company, Astoria Productions, Broccoli produced Crime Of The Century for HBO starring Stephen Rea and Isabella Rossellini directed by Mark Rydell. Broccoli and Wilson have executive produced several independent film projects including The Silent Storm starring Damien Lewis and Andrea Riseborough directed by Corinna McFarlane, NANCY starring Andrea Riseborough and Steve Buscemi directed by Christina Choe, and Radiator starring Richard Johnson and Gemma Jones directed by Tom Browne.

Broccoli has co-produced a number of stage productions including ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ (2002 West End, 2005 Broadway), ‘A Steady Rain’ (2009 Broadway), ‘Chariots Of Fire’ (2012 West End), ‘Once’ (2012 Broadway, 2013 West End), ‘Strangers On A Train’ (2013 West End), ‘Love Letters’ (2014 Broadway), ‘Othello’ (New York Theatre Workshop December 2016 – January 2017), and ‘The Kid Stays In The Picture’ (March 2017 London).

In April 2016, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) appointed Broccoli Vice President for Film. She is President of the National Youth Theatre, a Trustee of Into Film, a film education charity working with young people aged 5-19, and she is a patron of the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF). In 2014, Broccoli and Wilson were honoured by the Producers’ Guild of American (PGA) with the David O Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures.

About Costume Designer Jany Temime

Jany Temime won a Costume Designers Guild Award for ‘Excellence in Contemporary Film’ for Skyfall. She designed the costumes for the Harry Potter films Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban; Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire; Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (for which she received a Costume Designers Guild Award nomination); Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince; and the two-part Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows for which she won a Costume Designers Guild Award for Part II.

Temime worked on Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, and served as the costume designer on the action adventure Wrath of the Titans starring Sam Worthington and more recently Brett Ratner’s Hercules.

Her recent credits also include Martin McDonagh’s In Bruges, starring Ralph Fiennes (M in Skyfall and Spectre); Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men starring Clive Owen; Agnieszka Holland’s Copying Beethoven starring Ed Harris; and Beeban Kidron’s Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason starring Renée Zellweger.

She earned a British Independent Film Award nomination for her costume designs for High Heels and Low Lifes starring Minnie Driver (Irina in GoldenEye). She had earlier won a BAFTA Cymru Award for her work on Marc Evans’ House of America, and the 1995 Utrecht Film Festival’s Golden Calf for Best Costume Design for Marleen Gorris’ Oscar®-winning Antonia’s Line.

Her additional credits encompass more than 40 international motion picture and television projects, including Werner Herzog’s Invincible; Todd Komarnicki’s Resistance; Marleen Gorris’ The Luzhin Defense; Paul McGuigan’s Gangster No. 1; Edward Thomas’s Rancid Aluminum; Mike van Diem’s The Character, which won an Oscar® for Best Foreign Language Film; Danny Deprez’s The Ball; George Sluizer’s The Commissioner and Crimetime; Ate de Jong’s All Men Are Mortal; and Frans Weisz’s The Last Call.

For more info on Jany Temime, check out her IMDB profile

Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool Costume Designer Jany Tamine
Jany Temime on the set of Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool. Copyright © Eon Productions. All rights reserved.

About Makeup and Hair Designer Naomi Donne

As a hair and make-up artist in both film and theatre, Naomi Donne has been a leading name in her profession for years. She has divided her time between Britain and America, and worked with such stars as Daniel Day Lewis, Judi Dench, Ben Stiller and Helen Mirren among many others.

Her film credits include Chocolat (BAFTA nomination), Zoolander, The Royal Tenenbaums (Hollywood Guild Award), The Crucible, Quantum of Solace, Salmon Fishing In The Yemen, Skyfall, Philomena, Spectre and Cinderella. Her theatre work both on Broadway and the West End includes ‘Mary Poppins’, ‘Shrek The Musical’, ‘Starlight Express’, ‘Tarzan’ and ‘Nine’. She has been honored by New York Women in Film. For more info on Naomi, check out her IMDB profile.

Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool Makeup and Hair Designer Naomi Donne
Naomi Donne with Anette Benning on the set of Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool. Copyright © Eon Productions. All rights reserved.

About Casting Director Debbie McWilliams

Debbie McWilliams is one of the UK’s leading Casting Directors. Debbie has cast some of the most successful films in recent years including all the latest Bond movies, Spectre, Skyfall, Quantum of Solace and Casino Royale. Her first Bond film was For Your Eyes Only. Her other credits include feature films Billionaire Ransom, Tiger Raid, The Silent Storm, Stratton, The Foreigner, and over the years, Angels and Demons, An American Werewolf in London, My Beautiful Launderette and Caravaggio as well as Borgia and One Child for TV. Debbie is currently a committee member of the Casting Directors Guild, a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures and the Spokesperson for the International Casting Directors’ Network. For more info on Debbie, check out her IMDB profile.

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