Florence Foster Jenkins** (PG)
(Palace Cinema, Felixstowe)
In 1944 an elderly wealthy socialite pursues of her dream of singing at Carnegie Hall, unaware of her own inferior voice.
An (only slightly) exaggerated true story, as was the director's Mrs. Henderson Presents, also set in WWII, but so movingly played in this case, with Ms. Streep necessarily exaggerating Mrs. Foster-Jenkins' real-life voice - in order to emphasize the "badness" of it - whilst the film skilfully re-creates 40s New York on the streets of Liverpool and Glasgow with CGI backgrounds coming in where necessary.
Written by: Nicholas Martin.
Producers: Michael Kuhn, Tracey Seaward.
Director: Stephen Frears.
Starring: Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg, Rebecca Ferguson, Nina Arianda, David Haig, Allan Corduner, John Sessions, Thelma Barlow, Christian McKay.
Photography: Danny Cohen.
Music: Alexandre Desplat.
Production Design: Alan MacDonald.
+ FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS (Streep): "People may say I can't sing, but no-one can ever say I didn't sing."