Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool


Jamie Bell and Annette Bening star in this British drama directed by Paul McGuigan. The film follows Peter Turner (Bell), a young British actor who enters into a passionate relationship with award-winning Hollywood leading lady Gloria Grahame (Bening). Despite being many years her junior, Peter forms a strong bond with Gloria and remains close friends with her long after their affair has ended. However, the pair’s relationship is put under immense strain when Gloria is given some devastating news regarding her health. The cast also includes Vanessa Redgrave, Stephen Graham and Julie Walters.

BAFTA Nominated –  Best Adapted Screenplay (Matt Greenhalgh),  Best Leading Actor (Jamie Bell) and Best Leading Actress (Annette Bening) 

Critics Views

“It’s no surprise that Bening is in her element here, following a run of performances whose tiny flickers of wit and detail have taken her – dare we suggest – beyond Meryl Streep in layered understanding of the women she’s given to play. There’s a structural twist in the script’s second act which lets her project Gloria in two different ways, and we get to see her turning her own life into a tragic performance – a dumb-show with a hidden agenda. It’s virtuosic stuff, with a range of effects always registering on her face at once, some of them communicated not to Peter, only to us.” The Telegraph

“Bening superbly captures Grahame’s way of talking, fears of ageing, and her old-school allure. Jamie Bell creates a characterisation of depth and maturity that makes his relationship with Grahame completely believable. Their chemistry together is superb. The moving, well-judged, wonderfully acted film has humour, compassion, tenderness, kindness and sadness that is even more moving because it all basically happened.”

“There is no denying the emotional force that this film develops, and for that, we can credit talented filmmakers and two stars working at the height of their powers.” The Hollywood Reporter

“It’s a beguiling story and Bell and Bening are tremendous as the star-crossed lovers.” The Guardian

“It’s a classy weepy with some killer dialogue, but Bening is the big sell here. Given one of the juiciest roles of her career, she makes every moment count.” Empire

“While Bening is incredible playing a fading Hollywood starlet in Paul McGuigan’s Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool, it’s her co-star, Jamie Bell, who might be the film’s real secret weapon.” The Playlist

Film Rating

 Critics: 72%  Audience 68%

Rotten Tomatoes
Top Critics positive review 95%  Audience liked it 93%

Stockbridge Audience: 85%

No. of responses:-
Excellent 37
Good 28
Average 8
Poor 0
Very Poor 0

Date: Wednesday 18 April

Time: 4.30pm and 7.30pm

Genre: Biography Drama Romance

Director: Paul McGuigan

Writers: Matt Greenhalgh (screenplay), Peter Turner (based on the memoir by)

Starring: Jamie Bell, Annette Bening, Leanne Best, Vanessa Redgrave, Julie Walters, Kenneth Cranham

Film Length: 1hr 45mins

Rating: 15
Strong Language

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