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Last updated: Sat 2 Jan 2016

Film Night: Florence Foster Jenkins

Somerset Moviola and the Nunney Village Hall Committee present Florence Foster Jenkins, on Friday 14 October at Nunney village hall.

Florence Foster Jenkins

Florence Foster Jenkins is a 2016 British-French biographical comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears and written by Nicholas Martin.

The film stars Meryl Streep as Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress who became an opera singer known for her painful lack of singing skill. Other cast members include Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg, Nina Arianda and Rebecca Ferguson.

Florence Foster Jenkins provided musical instruments for poor children in New York, and also founded the Verdi Club. But she always wanted to sing opera – despite her tone-deafness and distinct lack of talent!

Meryl Streep is wonderful in the title role, with Hugh Grant as her husband. In Streep’s hands, Florence never becomes the expected figure of fun, rather a diva-in-waiting whose unattainable ambitions you can fully understand.

Streep gives real poignancy to how the real Florence Foster Jenkins summed up her life: “People may say I can’t sing, but no one can say I didn’t sing.” Fabulous!

Interestingly, the film was largely shot in Liverpool and London, which double as New York City.

You can hear the real Florence Foster Jenkins in her most famous recording, Mozart’s Queen of the Night aria from The Magic Flute in the video clip above.

Florence Foster Jenkins has a PG rating. Films rated PG contain some scenes may be unsuitable for young children. A PG film should not unsettle a child aged around eight or older. Unaccompanied children of any age may watch, but parents are advised to consider whether the content may upset younger, or more sensitive, children.

Florence Foster Jenkins is shown at Nunney Village Hall on Friday 14 October at 7.30pm. Door open at 7.00pm. Seats cannot be reserved, so please come early.

Tickets cost £5.00 in advance at the SPAR shop in Nunney or £6.00 on the door. A licensed bar and ice creams will be available.

Please avoid disappointment by buying your ticket in advance; there are only 70 tickets available!

Contact information
Roger Hutchings
Somerset Moviola
Telephone 01373 836 049
Web www.moviola.org

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