Tuesday 22 May 2018

Sheila Hancock stars as Edie

The hugely talented actress Sheila Hancock has a new film coming out later this week. Edie, directed by Simon Hunter, sees Hancock take on a challenging starring role. After her controlling husband dies, an elderly woman embarks on a trip to fulfill her longtime dream of climbing a mountain in the Scottish Highlands.

Sheila Hancock is at her sublime best as Edie, an elderly woman who, in the aftermath of her husband's death, decides to climb Mount Suilven. Against her daughter's wishes, she heads to Scotland and employs Jonny (Kevin Guthrie) to help her get the right equipment and train her for the gruelling climb. AS the pair talk, bicker and have fun, they reveal more about their lives to each other, all set against the stunning backdrop of the Scottish Highlands.

I find Sheila such a watchable, naturally gifted actor and I've been lucky enough to see her on stage several times in recent years. She never disappoints. She is also an entertaining and incredibly eloquent personality off stage, regularly appearing on television and radio and having written several brilliant books. Of course, many years ago Sheila also popped down to Pinewood Studios for her ground breaking role as Senna Pod, wife to Hengist (Kenneth Connor) in the 1964 Carry On epic, Carry On Cleo! And Sheila was one of the few actresses to meet Kenneth Williams head on on stage and come away with a no score draw! The pair starred in a theatrical revue in the early 1960s called One Over the Eight. Thankfully they became lifelong friends.

I think it's very refreshing to see an actress in her 80s take centre stage in a feature film and I certainly cannot wait to check this film out soon!

You can find out more about the film and go behind the scenes via the official website here

Edie is released in cinemas across the UK on 25 May. 

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