FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL has been nominated for Best British Film of the Year at the Screen Awards 2018. The winner of the award will be voted for by Screen International readers online and be announced at this year’s Screen Awards ceremony held on November 29. Voting closes on October 30.
Based on Peter Turner’s memoir, FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL follows the playful but passionate relationship between Turner (Jamie Bell) and the eccentric Academy Award-winning actress Gloria Grahame (Annette Bening).
Liverpool, 1978: What starts as a vibrant affair between a legendary femme fatale and her young lover quickly grows into a deeper relationship, with Turner being the person Gloria turns to for comfort. Their passion and lust for life is tested to the limits by events beyond their control.
The film also stars Julie Walters (BROOKLYN, PADDINGTON), and Vanessa Redgrave (ATONEMENT, FOXCATCHER), with Kenneth Cranham (MALEFICENT, LAYER CAKE), Stephen Graham (THSI IS ENGLAND, TABOO), Frances Barber (MEDICI, MR. HOLMES), and Leanne Best (LINE OF DUTY, UNDERCOVER) rounding out a stellar British cast.
Directed by Paul McGuigan (SHERLOCK, LUCKY NUMBER SLEVIN) with a screenplay by BAFTA winner Matt Greenhalgh (CONTROL, NOWHERE BOY) it debuted internationally at the Telluride Film Festival, before playing at the Toronto International Film Festival and held its UK premiere at the BFI London Film Festival in October 2017.