Annette Bening Portrays Faded Hollywood Legend Who Finds Love in 'Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool'

Actors Annette Bening and Jamie Bell Scheduled to Attend Q&A

A romantic drama based on the real life memoir of actor Pete Turner and his romance with Hollywood legend Gloria Grahame in her later years. The film stars Annette Bening, Jamie Bell, Vanessa Redgrave, and Julie Walters. The film is directed by Paul McGuigan, and it had its world premiere at this year’s Telluride Film Festival.

Turner’s memoir recounts his tale of love and loss with the former Hollywood star. It is an affectionate, moving and wry recollection of this unlikely story. And now, more than 30 years later, it comes to the big screen with Annette Bening starring as Gloria Grahame, Jamie Bell as Peter Turner.

The driving forces behind the screen adaptation are producers Colin Vaines and Barbara Broccoli. Broccoli had long time ambitions to bring the Turner-Grahame story to the big screen.

“I have wanted to make this film for over 20 years,” Broccoli begins, “It is very meaningful to me. I knew Gloria and Peter when they were together.”

 “Obviously, when Gloria died it was devastating and Peter was bereft,” Broccoli continues. “But then quite some time later he showed us this manuscript and said that he had sent it off to a publisher. It was such a moving, simple, beautiful memoir.”

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The film will be released in the U.S. December 29 by Sony Classics Pictures. KCET Cinema Series and Must See Movies host Pete Hammond will moderate a lively Q&A immediately following the screening with actors Annette Bening and Jamie Bell.

Deadline.com is the official media sponsor for the winter season of the KCET Cinema Series. The sold out series began on October 24 and runs through December 12. The film screens at 7 p.m. at the ArcLight Cinemas in Sherman Oaks.  

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