Mar 21 2020


4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Energy City Film Circuit: Hope Gap **CANCELLED**

Featuring brilliant performances from Bill Nighy (Sometimes Always Never, The Bookshop) and four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, 20th Century Women), this exquisite drama from writer-director William Nicholson (who wrote Gladiator, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, and Breathe) will resonate with anyone who has ever navigated the choppy waters of long-term love.

Grace (Bening) and Edward (Nighy) have been together for 33 years. To celebrate the occasion, they’ve invited their London-based son Jamie to visit them at their home on the Sussex coast, where the picturesque cliffs of Hope Gap look out onto the open
sea. Communication between the couple is at a nadir, however, with Grace nagging Edward about his lack of enthusiasm and Edward, who has long felt inadequate in his marriage, responding by turning inward — and harbouring secrets. Edward is leaving Grace for another woman, a decision that will result in ongoing turmoil for everyone involved. A veteran of literature, film, and television,Nicholson received Oscar screenwriting nominations for Shadowlands and Gladiator — but nothing in his august body of work quite prepares you for the wit and wisdom woven into each scene of Hope Gap: no one is entirely innocent and nothing, after three decades of coupledom, is simple.

The film’s poignancy, of course, is dependent on its actors, and you couldn’t ask for a more perfect pairing than Bening and Nighy, the former exhibiting an astonishing range of emotion and tactics, the latter tempering his trademark deadpan charisma in favour of a gravitas he’s too rarely had the chance to exude.