Ladies in Lavender
Dame Judi as Ursula Widdington
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First Look Photo of Dames Maggie and Judi in character
Based on a Short Story
by William J. Locke
Thanks to Anke, Germany, for sharing these photos
June 27, 2005
On July 2, the festival will close with 'Ladies in Lavender', the directorial debut of actor Charles Dance. The film's leading man, young German actor Daniel Bruehl, plays the part of a Polish refugee who intended to emigrate to New York in 1936 but instead ended up in Cornwall, England.
Both he and Dame Judi will take bows at the closing ceremony.
More information at www.filmfest-muenchen.de.
Release Dates for Selected Countries / Festivals
Italy 14 June 2004 (Taormina Film Festival)
Excerpt from an article about Daniel Bruehl ...
And the German star is poised to reach an even larger audience with his next film -- "Ladies in Lavender," which recently wrapped shooting at London's Pinewood Studios. Bruehl's English-language debut, "Lavender," puts him alongside Brit acting heavyweights Maggie Smith (news), Judi Dench (news) and Natascha McElhone (news) and sees him playing a Polish violin player washed up on the shores of Cornwall in the early 1930s. Taken in by two local spinsters (Dench and Smith), Bruehl is drawn into a May-December relationship with Dench before falling for the comely McElhone.
Ladies in Lavender to be shown at Special Cannes Event
The lack of British films on the Croisette this year has caused plenty of debate. An alternative, it seems, is to host your own Cannes, which is exactly what the London UK Film Focus aims to do. A new initiative, the event is spearheaded by Film London. Over 25 British films will screen from 30 June to 2 July, including Ladies in Lavender, starring Judi Dench.
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The Cornishman Newspaper
18 September 2003
Two of Britain's best known actresses are starring in a film which is currently being shot on location in West Cornwall. Dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith are playing the lead characters in a film called "Lavender Ladies," which has been scripted and directed by Charles Dance of the recent TV hit series "Trial and Retribution" fame. The film is based on an enchanting story by British author William J Locke.
It is being filmed mainly at a cove in Penwith, which we have been asked to keep private, and is set in the 1930s during the lead up to war. The two actresses play spinster sisters Jane and Ursula Widdington, who live in a house above the cove. One day they find a young man washed up on the beach and nurse him back to health. This human jetsam is played by rising German star Daniel Bruehl who turns out to be a gifted Polish violinist who is unable to speak English.
One of the sisters falls in love with the young man, but then an artist visiting the cove hears his music and eventually persuades them to let the young man travel to London with her to perform at a prestigious concert. One of the moving scenes towards the end of the film is the sisters, joined by villagers from the cove, listening to the concert around the radio.
Two young Cornish actors from the Truro-based Playrite Theatre Projects also star in the film. Tom Hill, 17 and Jack Callow, 10, act alongside American Oscar-winning actress Angelica Huston and actor Michael Gambon. The film crew and actors are currently staying at local hotels in Penzance and St Ives. The casting of extras, using local people, took place two weeks ago and filming began in Helston on Monday. Yesterday they were filming at Cadgwith and later this week will start filming in Penwith.
Director Charles Dance said:
"It is a beautiful story with no sex, no violence and no bad language. It
is a kind of grown-up fairy story."
A Big Thanks to Karen Jane H. from the UK for sending this photo and article
LAVENDER LADIES LIGHT UP THE TOWN
Western Morning News -- 17 September 2003
It is not every day that a Cornish ironmonger has two Oscar-winning actresses hard at work in his shop. But that was the case for Wesley Bowden when Dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith came knocking on his door. Bowden's Home Hardware in Market Place, Helston, was one of the locations this week for the film Ladies in Lavender. Scripted and directed by Charles Dance, it is based on an enchanting story by British author William J Locke and is set in Cornwall. Dame Judi plays Miss Jane Widdington and Dame Maggie her sister Ursula, who share a clifftop retreat on a wild, storm-lashed coastline.
The story is about a handsome young man being shipwrecked and swept up in a cove below, where he is spotted by these spinsters. This human jetsam, played by rising German star Daniel Bruehl, cannot speak English and turns out to be a gifted Polish violinist. For debutant director Mr Dance, last seen on television as a killer in Lynda La Plante's TV drama Trial and Retribution, Ladies in Lavender makes a pleasant change.
He said: "It is a beautiful story with no sex, no violence and no bad language. It is a kind of grown-up fairy story."
Also starring in this production are Michael Gambon, American Oscar-winning actress Angelica Huston and two Cornish boys. They are Truro-based Playrite Theatre Projects stablemates Tom Hill and Jack Callow. At present drama student Tom, 17, and Jack, 10, are also rehearsing for the Playrite production of Les Miserables which is due to be staged in early April next year.
When Mr Dance and his illustrious dames went to work in Helston on Monday, accompanied by a film production crew around 100 strong, a large crowd gathered. The spotlight was on Bowden's ironmongery which has served the people of Helston with household essentials since the 1930s - the period of Ladies in Lavender.
Mr Bowden said: "Two months ago we were approached by a film location manager and we were asked not to tell anyone. "Then late last week they arrived to turn the front part of our shop into Penhaligon's the Outfitters. As far as I could gather, Dame Judi and Dame Maggie did not have to say too much in this scene. They came in, made purchases and returned down the steps to an Austin car where they waited for a boy to hand them their parcels. They had to do this sequence a couple of dozen times. They were here for several hours. I had a nice chat with Dame Judi. It was her first time back in this area since she was at Helford in 1975."
Film executives require their settings to be just so, and one item required was a cannon from HMS Anson - a frigate wrecked at nearby Loe Bar in 1807 with the loss of 120 lives. The ancient cannon, which is normally displayed outside Helston Folk Museum, was lifted and taken away last week by a Royal Navy team from RNAS Culdrose. When the 1930s film shoot in Helston is over and the 200-year-old cannon has been refurbished it will be returned to its usual place. Yesterday craftsmen hired by the film company were also busy restoring Bowden's back from its temporary guise.
Mr Bowden said: "We were changed from our normal livery of yellow and blue to a sort of mossy blue and green. They are very clever, the way they do these things. It must have cost many thousands of pounds just for this scene. But everyone was delighted to see them here. It is a good way of promoting Cornwall and Helston. Our customers were still able to come in through our main entrance because the film people preferred to use our old front door."
Yesterday the Ladies in Lavender stars were busy filming at Cadgwith Cove.
From "The Argus"
Newspaper, August 30th, 2003
Excerpt from the Article that mentions "Ladies in Lavender"
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Dames Maggie and Judi, December 2001
Scheduled to start filming in early September 2003 in Cornwall
Director: Charles Dance
Other Cast Members:
More Info on the IMDb
Website Listing -- note: they have DJD and MS characters
has been added to the Cast as the young man.
From the September 25th issue of "Daily Variety"
One thing to note:
March 21, 2003
The 'Evening Standard' has reported
today that Judi Dench & Maggie Smith are to re-unite in Charles
Dance's directional debut.
Stay tuned for more information ...
Entire Article about Charles Dance from "The Argus" August 30, 2003