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Lifelong friends Wilf (Billy Connolly) and Reggie (Tom Courtenay), together with former colleague Cissy (Pauline Collins), are residents of Beecham House, a home for retired opera singers. Every year on Verdi's birthday, the residents unite to give a concert to raise funds for their home. But when Jean Horton (Maggie Smith), a former Grande Dame of the opera fallen on hard times, also Reggie's ex-wife and the fourth and most celebrated member of their former quartet, moves into the home to everyone's surprise, the plans for this year's concert start to unravel.

As old grudges threaten to undermine past glories and theatrical temperaments play havoc with the rehearsal schedule, it becomes apparent that having four of the finest singers in English operatic history under one roof offers no guarantee that the show will go on.

Damaris is delighted to provide free resources for a wide range of community groups, all built around clips
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Ideal for study groups in any organisation, these three special featurettes and accompanying Leaderís Guide enable us to explore how music and film illuminates life.

These montages of clips from the film combine one of the styles of music with some of the main characters, in order to explore the themes of 'Love and Loss' (in relation to Classical Opera), 'Life and Hope' (in relation to Light Opera) and 'Fun and Fulfilment' (in relation to Music Hall).


 Classical Opera, Reggie & Jean,
Love and Loss

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Light Opera, Cissy,
Life and Hope

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Music Hall, Wilf,
Fun and Fulfilment

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Ideal particularly for people in their later years, in any organisation or just amongst friends, this special featurette and discussion guide enable us to explore how to live life to the full.

 

This featurette combines clips from the film with comments from Dustin Hoffman (director), Ronnie Harwood (writer), Finola Dwyer (producer), Maggie Smith and Billy Connolly who each give their perspective on living life in the latter years.

Living This Life

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