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Dan Carrier’s movies news: Special screening of Woman In Gold

27 February, 2017 — By Dan Carrier

Helen Mirren in Woman in Gold

THE excellent Dartmouth Park Film Club, which takes place on a Tuesday at the former children’s wing of Highgate Library, never ceases to please with its eclectic, interesting collection of screenings and talks.

It seems churlish to say that they have booked a stand-out for their next one – the programme is always strong – but expect it to be another packed house on March 23 as they welcome David Thompson, one of the UK’s leading film producers.

He was the brains behind BBC Films and his works read like a list of great British TV shows and movies, ranging from Billy Elliot to The History Boys, Fish Tank, Dirty Pretty Things and Notes On A Scandal.

He has scooped three Baftas, two Golden Globes and three Emmys while giving such directors as Andrea Arnold and Sarah Gavron their first opportunity to bring their films to life.

He has chosen the Helen Mirren movie Woman In Gold, the true story of Maria Altmann, an elderly Jewish refugee who battled the Austrian government to have a portrait of her aunt by Gustav Klimt, stolen by Nazis, returned to her family.

The screening is a chance to see a film that grossed over $60m at the box office, and hear from David about his life in movies and why this film means so much to him. The event is at the Highgate Library Civic and Cultural Centre, Croftdown Road, at 7pm. Entry is by donation.


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