Tea with four Dames and Bol­ly­wood

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Com­ing up at the Re­gent in Pahiatua — from Bol­ly­wood ac­tion to Bri­tish act­ing roy­alty.

Sell­ing a mil­lion more tick­ets world­wide than Hol­ly­wood movies, In­dian-made “Bol­ly­wood” movies bring a rich mix­ture of ac­tion, ro­mance, song and dance, cul­ture and drama mak­ing it an in­vig­o­rat­ing cin­e­matic ex­pe­ri­ence.

From time to time four old friends, meet up in the English coun­try­side to gossip, to rem­i­nisce and to laugh… this time they let the cam­eras in. Tea with the Dames is a unique cel­e­bra­tion of the lives and ca­reers of four of Bri­tain’s most iconic ac­tors: Dame Eileen Atkins, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Joan Plowright and Dame Mag­gie Smith. All four have gone from be­ing fledg­ling ac­tors in the 1950s to act­ing roy­alty to­day. The doc­u­men­tary in­vites you to join these act­ing leg­ends as they talk about their lives and their pro­fes­sional ex­pe­ri­ences across theatre, film and tele­vi­sion. Fea­tur­ing rare archival footage, this is a can­did, funny, ir­rev­er­ent, poignant and ut­terly en­gross­ing film and is proof that there is truly noth­ing like a Dame. Tea with the Dames opens at the Re­gent on Thurs­day June 28.

De­spite com­ing from a highly re­spected fam­ily of In­dian cin­e­matic leg­ends and hav­ing a priv­i­leged up­bring­ing and ed­u­ca­tion at one of In­dia’s top pri­vate schools, ac­tor and film pro­ducer San­jay Dutt was known as “the bad boy of Bol­ly­wood”. While his ca­reer reached dizzy­ing heights of suc­cess, in­clud­ing multi award-win­ning roles in over 180 films he also bat­tled ad­dic­tions and other per­sonal demons. The Bol­ly­wood bio-pic SANJU is based San­jay Dutt’s ex­tra­or­di­nary life and is one of the most ea­gerly-awaited In­dian movies of 2018. The film fol­lows the ac­tor’s life, through three stages: his drug ad­dic­tion, many love af­fairs, be­ing charged with ter­ror­ism and jailed. SANJU screens at the Re­gent on Satur­day 7 and Sun­day July 8.

Tea with the Dames cel­e­brates the lives of four Bri­tish ac­tresses.

Ran­bir Kapoor in a scene from the Bol­ly­wood bio-pic SANJU.

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