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Bunch of Amateurs, A

Synopsis
Feature film comedy. Ageing Hollywood star (Burt Reynolds) signs up to play the title role in King Lear in Britain to revive his flagging career. He believes the role is part of a Royal Shakespeare Company production only to find he’s the star of an amateur show in a rural village in Suffolk. The actors soon find that their lives are imitating their roles.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Film
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
2008
Duration
96 mins
Availability
No distributor known (4/2009).

Credits

Director
Andy Cadiff
Producer
David Parfitt
Cinematographer
Ashley Rowe
Writer
Ian Hislop; John Ross; Jonathan Gerschfield; Nick Newman
Music
Christian Henson
Production Design
Melanie Allen
Costume
Amy Roberts
Art Direction
Erik Rehl
Cast
Burt ReynoldsJefferson Steel (Lear)
Kelly PriceLauren (Cordelia)
Samantha BondDorothy (Fool)
Alistair PetrieRupert
Camilla ArfwedsonAmanda
Charles Durning 
Derek JacobiNigel (Earl of Kent)
Imelda StauntonMary (Goneril)
Peter GunnFrank
Tony JayawardenaKevin
Ty DaviesTy

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Plays
King Lear
Keywords
Royal Shakespeare Company; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Rehearsals; Amateur theatre
Related items
Front Row [16/12/2008]

Notes

General
Selected as the 2008 Royal Film Performance.
History
The film was given general release in the UK but was not reviewed by the critics.
Figures
Opening weekend: £91,156 (UK) (21 December 2008) (186 Screens) - IMBd.

Production Company

Name

CinemanNX

Name

Limelight

Name

Lipsync Productions

Name

Trademark Films

Distributor

Name

Odyssey Entertainment

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