Screening as part of the Bealtaine Festival 2014.
Lifelong friends Wilf (Billy Connolly) and Reggie (Tom Courtney), together with former colleague Cissy (Pauline Collins), are residents of Beecham House, a home for retired opera singers.
Every year on Giuseppe Verdi’s birthday, the residents unite to give a concert to raise funds for their home. But when Jean Horton (Maggie Smith), a former grande dame of the opera fallen on hard times, also Reggie’s ex-wife and the fourth and most celebrated member of their former quartet, moves into the home to everyone’s surprise, the plans for this year’s concert start to unravel.
As old grudges threaten to undermine past glories and theatrical temperaments play havoc with the rehearsal schedule, it becomes apparent that having four of the finest singers in English operatic history under one roof offers no guarantee that the show will go on.
Based on Ronald Harwood’s stage play of the same name, QUARTET is a wickedly comic film about redefining old age and growing old with hope; demonstrating how art illuminates life and the human spirit remains undimmed even as the brightest stars start to fade. – BBC Films
“…Hoffman displays an acute instinct for mood in his directorial debut, retaining a sparky atmosphere while avoiding sentimentality.” – Jenny McCartney, The Telegraph
Director: Dustin Hoffman / UK / 2012 / 98 minutes / Certificate : 12A
Cast : Pauline Collins, Billy Connolly, Tom Courtney, Michael Gambon, Maggie Smith
Wednesday 28th May, 7.00pm