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The true story of the love affair between Gloria Grahame and young, aspiring actor Peter Turner, produced by the Bond franchise’s Barbara Broccoli, Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool is the BFI Film Festival 2017's May Fair Gala screening. We spoke to stars Annette Bening and Jamie Bell, producers Barbara Broccoli and Colin Vaines, director Paul McGuigan and to the man at the heart of the story, Peter Turner.
In 1981, decades after she rose to fame in Hollywood, the Academy Award®-winning star of The Big Heat, In a Lonely Place and The Bad and the Beautiful, Grahame (Annette Bening) is treading the boards in a modest theatre production when she collapses in a Lancaster hotel. Her health failing, she reaches out to former lover, Liverpudlian actor Peter Turner (Jamie Bell). When Peter takes her back to his family home, to the care of his sympathetic mother (Julie Walters), memories of their grand affair soon come flooding back. Adapted from Turner’s own memoir, Paul McGuigan’s consummate study of a truly extraordinary relationship is filled with humour, passion and insight.
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