"The Killing of Sister George"
Directed by Stephen Frears
Screenplay by David Hare, based on the play by Frank Marcus
Helen Mirren (June Buckridge / Sister George)
Naomi Watts (Alice 'Childie' McNaught)
Miranda Richardson (Mercy Croft)
Linus Roache (Leo Lockhart)
Sara Botsford (Betty Thaxter)
Tagline: "Thousands will tune in for the killing of Sister George..."
Synopsis: June Buckridge, a brassy, alcoholic British actress who portrays the beloved Sister George on a BBC soap opera, learns her character is to be killed off. This news, along with learning of the affair her lover, Alice McNaught, is having with predatory TV producer Mercy Croft, causes June's life to unravel.
What the Press would say:
Stephen Frears has directed this dynamic, haunting adaptation of the searing stage play to perfection. It is his best work as director, surpassing even his recent triumph with "The Queen". His "The Queen" star, Helen Mirren, equally works wonders here, turning June into a tour-de-force that is certain to win her another Best Actress Oscar nomination. Also in peak form are Naomi Watts as Mirren's childlike lover, and Richardson as the villainous producer with designs on Alice McNaught. Definitely these performances will mark Watts' and Richardson's returns to the Oscar nominee lists.
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
Best Director: Stephen Frears
Best Adapted Screenplay: David Hare
Best Actress: Helen Mirren
Best Supporting Actress: Miranda Richardson
Best Supporting Actress: Naomi Watts