Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Mirren: More mature films please!

Dame Helen Mirren has called for more movies depicting mature relationships

Dame Helen Mirren has said there should be more films for older audiences.

Her current movie Hitchcock is the latest in a string of films featuring older relationships, following the recent Quartet with Dame Maggie Smith, and last year's Best Exotic Marigold Hotel with Dame Judi Dench.

"I think it's just a question of suddenly finding an audience that they'd forgotten about," Dame Helen said.

"And they didn't think anyone over the age of 50, let's say, wanted to go to the cinema. But they didn't want to go to the cinema because there were no movies they wanted to see! They've (the studios) suddenly found if they can make the right kind of movie for that audience, then absolutely they want to go and see them."

The 67-year-old added: "The kids are gone, they're not babysitting any more and they've got money in their pocket, they want to go out and they want to go to the movies."

Dame Helen, who stripped off in Calendar Girls, credited good editing for her amazing figure after she bared almost all again in Hitchcock, in which she plays Alma Reville opposite Sir Anthony Hopkins' Hitchcock.

"Oh God, don't ask! I don't know. Judicious cutting and editing, it's a very good thing. If you look there's some very judicious editing going on..." she said.

:: Hitchcock is in cinemas now.

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