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 by Paul McGuigan
Produced by
Screenplay by Matt Greenhalgh
Based on Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool
by Peter Turner
Starring
Music by J. Ralph
Cinematography Ula Pontikos
Edited by Nick 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
Language English
Budget $10 million[2]
Box office $2.9 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. Vanessa Redgrave, Julie Walters, Kenneth Cranham, Stephen Graham, Frances Barber and Leanne Best also star. It is based on the memoir of the same name by Peter Turner, and tells his story of falling for aging Hollywood actress Gloria Grahame in 1970s Liverpool, only to face reality when she is diagnosed with breast cancer.

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

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.[5] On 27 June 2016, Vanessa Redgrave joined the cast.[6]

On 27 June 2016, the film began filming in Liverpool and London,[7] it then moved to Pinewood Studios, where it wrapped on 8 August 2016.[8] 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.[9]

Release[edit]

In August 2017, Sony Pictures Classics acquired U.S. distribution rights to the film.[10] The film had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival on 1 September 2017,[11] it also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival on 9 September 2017.[12][13]

The film was released in the United Kingdom on 16 November 2017 by Lionsgate.[14] and in the United States on 29 December 2017.[15]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 80% based on 133 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."[16] On Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average rating to reviews, the film has a normalised score of 65 out of 100, based on 33 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". However, the film was a box office flop that only generated $2.1 million out of its $10 million dollar budget.[17]

Accolades[edit]

Award Date of ceremony Category Recipients Result Ref.
Hollywood Film Awards 6 November 2017 New Hollywood Award Jamie Bell Won [18]
British Independent Film Awards 10 December 2017 Best Actor Jamie Bell Nominated [19]
Best Casting Debbie McWilliams Nominated
Best Production Design Eve Stewart Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Julie Walters Nominated
San Francisco Film Critics Circle 10 December 2017 Best Actress Annette Bening Nominated [20]
London Film Critics Circle 28 January 2018 Actress of the Year Annette Bening Nominated [21]
AARP's Movies for Grownups Awards 5 February 2018 Best Actress Annette Bening Won [22][23]
Best Grownup Love Story Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool Nominated
Women's Image Network Awards 6 February 2018 Best Feature Film Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool Nominated [24]
Best Actress in a Feature Film Annette Bening Nominated
Evening Standard British Film Awards 8 February 2018 Best Actor Jamie Bell Nominated [25]
Technical Achievement Eve Stewart Nominated
Guild of Music Supervisors Awards 8 February 2018 Best Music Supervision for Film: Budgeted Under 10 Million Dollars Ian Neil Nominated [26]
British Academy Film Awards 18 February 2018 Best Actor in a Leading Role Jamie Bell Nominated [27]
Best Actress in a Leading Role Annette Bening Nominated
Best Adapted Screenplay Matt Greenhalgh Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FILM STARS DON'T DIE IN LIVERPOOL". British Board of Film Classification. 6 November 2017. Retrieved 18 November 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Thompson, Anne (14 December 2017). "Annette Bening Finds the Truth in the Very Strange Tale of Gloria Grahame and 'Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool'". IndieWire. Retrieved 9 January 2018. 
  3. ^ "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017)". The Numbers. Retrieved 11 February 2018. 
  4. ^ "The Shape of Water leads Bafta nominations". BBC News. 9 January 2018. Retrieved 9 January 2018. 
  5. ^ McNary, Dave (6 May 2016). "Annette Bening Starring in Romance for Bond Producer Barbara Broccoli". Variety. Retrieved 22 December 2016. 
  6. ^ McNary, Dave (27 June 2016). "Vanessa Redgrave Joins Annette Bening's 'Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool'". Variety. Retrieved 22 December 2016. 
  7. ^ Parry, Josh (28 June 2016). "Hollywood actors spotted filming in city centre". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 11 October 2017. 
  8. ^ Mitchell, Wendy (18 July 2016). "First look: Annette Bening and Jamie Bell in 'Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool". Screen Daily. Retrieved 22 December 2016. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (7 August 2017). "Sony Pictures Classics Confirms Acquisition Of Annette Bening Starrer 'Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool' – Update". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 1 September 2017. 
  11. ^ Hammond, Pete (31 August 2017). "'Darkest Hour', 'Battle of the Sexes', 'Lady Bird' Among World Premieres in 2017 Lineup – Telluride Film Festival". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 31 August 2017. 
  12. ^ "Toronto Film Festival 2017 Unveils Strong Slate". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 25 July 2017. 
  13. ^ "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool". Toronto International Film Festival. Retrieved 1 September 2017. 
  14. ^ "Lionsgate Unveil the Debut Poster for Paul McGuigan's Adaptation of Peter Turner's memoir FILM STARS DON'T DIE IN LIVERPOOL". The Fan Carpet. 18 August 2017. Retrieved 1 September 2017. 
  15. ^ Lee, Ashley (7 August 2017). "Annette Bening's 'Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool' Goes to Sony Pictures Classics". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 1 September 2017. 
  16. ^ "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 17 April 2018. 
  17. ^ "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 11 February 2018. 
  18. ^ Swertlow, Meg (5 November 2017). "2017 Hollywood Film Awards: The Complete List of Winners". E!. Retrieved 2 December 2017. 
  19. ^ Clarke, Stewart (1 November 2017). "'Lady Macbeth' Tops Nominations for British Independent Film Awards". Variety. Retrieved 2 December 2017. 
  20. ^ SFFCC (10 December 2017). "2017 SAN FRANCISCO FILM CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS". San Francisco Film Critics Circle. Retrieved 10 December 2017. 
  21. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (19 December 2017). ""Three Billboards" Leads London Critics' Circle Film Award Nominations". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 19 December 2017. 
  22. ^ Lee, Ashley (17 January 2018). "AARP's Movies for Grownups Awards: 'The Post' Leads Nominees". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 17 January 2018. 
  23. ^ Appelo, Tim (February 5, 2018). "Gary Oldman and Annette Bening Among 2018 Movies for Grownups Winners". AARP. Retrieved 23 March 2018. 
  24. ^ 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. 
  25. ^ 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. 
  26. ^ "Sufjan Stevens, 'Greatest Showman,' 'Girls' Among Guild of Music Supervisors Awards Nominees". Variety. 11 January 2018. Retrieved 12 January 2018. 
  27. ^ Ritman, Alex (8 January 2018). "BAFTA Awards: 'Shape of Water,' 'Three Billboards,' 'Darkest Hour' Lead Pack of Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 8 January 2018. 

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