|Bright Young Things 2003 R, 105 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Drama
Director: Stephen Fry
Cast: Stephen Campbell Moore, Emily Mortimer, David Tennant, Fenella Woolgar, James McAvoy, Julia McKenzie, Stockard Channing, Alex Barclay, Simon Callow, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Paterson, Imelda Staunton, Michael Sheen, Adrian Scarborough, Jim Carter
Adapted from Evelyn Waugh's "Vile Bodies," this tale satirizes the lifestyles of upper-crust Londoners during the late 1930s.
|Notes on a Scandal 2006 R, 92 min.|
Director: Richard Eyre
Cast: Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett, Bill Nighy, Andrew Simpson, Philip Davis, Michael Maloney, Juno Temple, Max Lewis, Joanna Scanlan, Julia McKenzie, Shaun Parkes, Tom Georgeson, Emma Kennedy, Tameka Empson, Wendy Nottingham
New art teacher Sheba Hart (Cate Blanchett) makes friends with elderly spinster, history teacher Barbara Covett (Judi Dench). As the school year progresses, Barbara learns that Sheba is having an affair with 15-year-old Steven (Andrew Simpson). The unstable Barbara tells Sheba that she will keep her secret only if she will immediately end the affair with Steven. This offer could lead to Sheba becoming Barbara's best friend, but will this kind of friendship survive? The film received four Oscar nominations, including Best Actress (Judi Dench) and Supporting Actress (Cate Blanchett).
|The Old Curiosity Shop 1995 TV, 195 min.|
Director: Kevin Connor
Cast: Peter Ustinov, Tom Courtenay, Sally Walsh, William Mannering, James Fox, Cornelia Hayes O'Herlihy, Frank Thornton, Timothy Watson, Ricci Harnett, Brian McGrath, Julia McKenzie, Alan Shearman, Christopher Ettridge, Doreen Keogh, Oliver Maguire
Young Nell (Sally Walsh) is cared for by her guardian grandfather Fred Trent (Peter Ustinov) at his curiosity shop. On the surface all appears good, but Fred has an obsession with gambling, which causes him to lose his business. As a result, Fred and Nell leave London and travel in the countryside where they meet many interesting characters.
|Shirley Valentine 1989 R, 108 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Drama / Romance
Director: Lewis Gilbert
Cast: Pauline Collins, Tom Conti, Julia McKenzie, Joanna Lumley, Bernard Hill, Sylvia Syms, Alison Steadman, George Costigan, Anna Keaveney, Tracie Bennett, Ken Sharrock, Karen Craig, Gareth Jefferson, Gillian Kearney, Catharine Duncan
Shirley (Pauline Collins) is an English housewife, unhappy with her life, who leaves her husband Joe (Bernard Hill) for a two week vacation in Greece with her best friend Jane (Alison Steadman). After Jane hooks up with a man and leaves her alone, Shirley runs into tavern owner Costas Caldes (Tom Conti)–certainly a solution to any housewife's boredom–and begins an unforgettable affair with him. Collins received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.
|1. Bright Young Things (2003)|
2. Notes on a Scandal (2006)
3. The Old Curiosity Shop (1995)
4. Shirley Valentine (1989)
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