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Film director’s praise for Dame Judi Dench
9:07am Wednesday 28th August 2013 in News
Film director Stephen Frears has said working with strong and inspirational women such as York born film star Dame Judi Dench is “the story of my life”.
Mr Frears, who directed The Queen, starring Helen Mirren, has described Dame Judi, his latest leading lady, as “absolutely magnificent”.
Dame Judi plays the title character Philomena in Frears’s upcoming film based on the story of an Irish woman’s search for her son. He was taken away from her decades ago after she was forced to live in a convent due to falling pregnant. The film, set to be screened at the Toronto and Venice film festivals, is a “peculiar mix of tragedy and romantic comedy”, said Mr Frears.
But he is unsure how it will be received. He said: “I have not the first idea, not a clue. I’m really pleased, and Judi is absolutely magnificent.”
Mr Frears was speaking at an event looking ahead to Britain’s contributions to the international film festivals.
Talking about Dame Judi's portrayal of Philomena, he said: “Well, she's very, very good. I mean, really fantastic. She’s one of these people that prefers working to not working, and she took it very seriously without being pompous.
“She always takes her responsibilities very seriously.”
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