Dames Maggie Smith and Judi Dench Are Starring in a Brilliant New Documentary
The trailer has us in stitches.
What happens when you gather Dames Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright, and Eileen Atkins—four absolute legends of stage and screen—around a table for teatime? A delicious new documentary, that’s what. It’s Tea With the Dames, a hilarious conversation between four longtime friends, all of whom also happen to be icons of film and theatre.
In the documentary, these four actors chat, tell stories, and dish on their careers, romances, friendships, and everything in between. They talk about art, acting, aging, damehood, fears, and fame, and they also exchange more than a few good-natured, impeccably placed barbs. (We would expect nothing less.)
Watch the trailer:
Smith, Dench, Plowright, and Atkins have brought us some of the most memorable performances of the century, and, as you can see from the trailer, they are absolutely hilarious storytellers as well. They’re also close friends and have acted together all over the world. Three of the crew—Dench, Smith, and Plowright—appeared together in the film Tea With Mussolini, and they’ve appeared in pairs in countless other productions. (See 1985’s A Room With a View for a classic Smith-Dench casting.)
The documentary is directed by Roger Michell, who also brought Notting Hill and My Cousin Rachel to the screen. In addition to the tableside chats, the documentary includes clips from performances, photographs, and historical footage—including four damehood ceremonies in which each distinguished honoree receives a pin from a royal, either Queen Elizabeth II or Prince Charles.
Watch a clip: "Who is the first Dame?"
Want to spend an hour and a half with these four icons of stage and screen? You’re in luck, because you can find Tea With the Dames available to watch now on Amazon. The film will be released on DVD in January 2019.
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