Pivotal to the seismic changes that ripped through the cultural establishment 60 years ago, together with music and fashion, British Theatre experienced an explosion of creativity and talent, the impact of which is still tangible today. To colour-in these creative and social shifts, enter four gorgeous young actresses: Joan Plowright, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Eileen Atkins. Now all Dames of the Realm. The film invites you to share their memories of being bright young things, even brighter now.
Last summer, Joan invited Judi, Maggie and Eileen to her home. Here the BBC would spend two days filming at the house she had shared with her late husband, Laurence Olivier, from 1961. They reminisce freely about their past and about what it is like to grow old whilst still enjoying some success in their mad unpredictable profession. Intercut with archive, famed director Roger Michell captures it all, these uninhibited seen-it-all women, behind their awards. The familiarity of their surroundings and ease with each other, brings out their mischief. They are natural comedians. Their company and their joy is infectious.
The most beautiful thing about the film… is them.
(Here at the Rex only once, before broadcast on the BBC early in June.)