Bridport Arts Newsletter

Nothing Like a Dame

This month we celebrate Emma Thompson becoming a dame by screening a selection of films starring to the UK’s finest actresses. Each film starts at 11am and tickets include a hot drink and a pastry.

First up is Dame Judy Dench in Victoria and Abdul (Tuesday 4 December). Abdul Karim arrives from India to participate in Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee. The young clerk is surprised to find favor with the queen herself. As Victoria questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance that her household and inner circle try to destroy. As their friendship deepens, the queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes, joyfully reclaiming her humanity.

Dame Emma Thompson stars in Sense and Sensibility (Thursday 6 December). When Mr. Dashwood dies, he must leave the bulk of his estate to the son by his first marriage, which leaves his second wife and their three daughters (Elinor, Marianne, and Margaret) in straitened circumstances. They are taken in by a kindly cousin, but their lack of fortune affects the marriageability of both practical Elinor and romantic Marianne. When Elinor forms an attachment for the wealthy Edward Ferrars, his family disapproves and separates them. And though Mrs. Jennings tries to match the worthy (and rich) Colonel Brandon to her, Marianne finds the dashing and fiery John Willoughby more to her taste. Both relationships are sorely tried.

Dame Maggie Smith stars in Ladies in Lavender (Tuesday 11 December). Taking place in pre-war England, ageing sisters Ursula and Janet live peacefully in their cottage on the shore of Cornwall. One morning following a violent storm, the sisters spot from their garden a nearly-drowned man lying on the beach. They nurse him back to health and dote on him. Other townspeople, however, have their suspicions about his past.

Dame Helen Mirren shines in Woman in Gold (Thursday 13 December). Maria Altman sought to regain a world famous painting of her aunt plundered by the Nazis during World War II. She did so not just to regain what was rightfully hers, but also to obtain some measure of justice for the death, destruction, and massive art theft perpetrated by the Nazis.

Our Marketing and Sales Officer Emma said “Come along for a coffee, a delicious pastry and some great films starring some of our best actresses”.

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