American Friends is a film directed by the renowned director, producer and writer Tristram Powell. The film was premiered in 1991 to great acclaim. It stars Connie Booth, well-known from Fawlty Towers, Alfred Molina, now a Hollywood star and the much loved Michael Palin. The film is set in the 1860’s when an Oxford Professor has to choose between his career and love.
Tristram Powell is a loyal attendee at the film nights at Dulwich Picture Gallery. “ He has been enormously helpful, given us advice and also suggested films we should show,” says Liz Buchanan who is part of the team running the successful GalleryFilm nights. “I suggested that we should show one of his films and he very kindly offered to give an introduction and that he was also willing to take part in a Q&A session after the film.”
This is a unique opportunity to ask questions to a man who has been involved not only with films but is seen as a master of documentaries. He has also directed episodes of many famous TV series as Kavanagh,QC, Foyle’s War and Judge John Deed just to mention a few, but maybe most ground-breaking was his directing of the brilliant monologues written by Alan Bennett under the title Talking Heads. Just over a year ago Tristram Powell took part in the BBC Radio 4 programme The Reunion to discuss the series with the author and the actors Patricia Routledge and Penelope Wilton.
He has worked with most of the famous actors since his career started in 1968 and now at the mature age of 76 he is still active. Creativity is in his genes, his father was the famous author Anthony Powell, who wrote what many consider a masterpiece, the twelve volume A Dance to the Music of Time. His mother was the sister of Lord Longford and through him part of the Pakenham family which include Lady Antonia Fraser and many other writers and journalists.
Few has such a solid experience of the film and TV world as Tristram Powell and this will be a unique opportunity to hear his inside views. The film will be shown 10 April and as always the ticket price includes a glass of wine and snacks as well as film notes.
On 13 February GalleryFilm will show the iconic East of Eden, the film that made a star of a brooding James Dean. The film is directed by the award-winning Elia Kazan and stars also Julie Harris and Burl Ives. On the 13 March it is time for Quiz Show directed by Robert Redford, starring Ralph Fiennes and Paul Schofield. It is a thrilling true story about corruption and cover-ups behind the most popular game show in the States.
The evenings start at 7.00 with wine and snacks. Screening at 7.30
Tickets £9, Friends £7
East of Eden
Monday 13 February
Monday 13 March
Monday 10 April
Tickets can be bought online www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk
At the Friends Desk in the Gallery or by phone 10am-4pm at 020 8299 8750
Or at the door
GalleryFilm is organised by Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery