of the most eagerly awaited films of the year had its world premiere
on Monday 8th November.
in Lavender is the first film to be directed by the well known actor
stars Dame Judi Dench and Dame Maggie Smith.
in Lavender was filmed around the Lizard in West Cornwall in a beautiful
spell of weather last year.
St Austell brothers worked alongside the famous cast.
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from Ladies in Lavender and BBC Radio Cornwall's Rosie Dunkley
talking to Richard Pears.
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not the first time the Pears brothers have appeared in front of
Dawn French comedy 'Wild West' saw them on the small screen. Now
though they have taken to the silver screen and Richard admits there
are many differences.
in Lavender was so much bigger," says Richard.
is recorded in a different way, and you stay in a caravan instead
of travelling in by car each day."
film is set in Cornwall in 1936.
the great events about to unfold in Europe, Cornwall remains as
ever a timeless place rarely moved by life in the outside world.
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and fishermen pay heed to the weather and shipping forecasts, but
precious little else that the wireless brings them.
are seldom made to feel welcome and even outsiders are never fully
welcomed into the tightly-knit atmosphere of village life.
discovery of a castaway on the beach below their house does however,
disrupt the peaceful lives of sisters Janet and Ursula Widdington
and the community in which they live.
overboard from a ship on its way from mainland Europe to America,
Andrea Marowskis intention was to make a new life for himself
in New York far from the soon to be war-torn Europe, and especially
the anti-Semitic feeling that was becoming an increasing threat
to the young Jewish musician from Krakow.
Judi Dench on Parkinson in 2003
survival would seem nothing short of a miracle for both himself
and the Widdington sisters. With the help of the local doctor they
nurse him back to health.
the coming weeks, despite the inevitable language barrier, Janet
and Ursula discover a few details about Andreas past, not
least his talent as a musician.
presence in their house of a beautiful young man has, for a variety
of reasons, an unsettling effect on both sisters especially
that have either never been provoked or have lain dormant for years
are all too willingly allowed to stir.
it would seem that Andrea could become a permanent fixture in their
lives, someone else comes along to take an interest in both him
and his musical talent
play the bad guy in the film," admits Richard.
my character becomes the jilted lover."
going out the with local girl," he continues.
this good looking Polish violinist turns up on the beach, and my
girlfriend starts to look in the opposite direction as it were."
Maggie Smith in the BBC adaptation of David Copperfield
Pears brothers shot scenes in and around Cadgwith, and also at the
world famous Pinewood Studios near London.
in the cast seemed so incredibly famous," admits Richard. "It
was so odd to be talking to these people that you've seen on the
screen so many times."
film was directed by actor Charles Dance. It may have been his outing
behind the camera but he seems to have gone down well with the cast.
my experience with Charles, long may he continue as a director,"
world premiere takes place on Monday 8th November at the Odeon in
the screening we've been asked to give a speech at the after show
party," admits Richard.
am sitting here now writing my speech. I don't know what I'm going
to say," he laughs.
Richard and brother Laurence have enjoyed the experience of working
with such renowned actors and hope that this will be the start of
something big for Cornwall's own silver screen stars!