WHEEL ad­ven­ture


New Zealand Woman’s Weekly - - WEEKLY ENTERTAINMENT -

Leg­endary screen vet­er­ans Dame He­len Mir­ren and Don­ald Suther­land are com­bin­ing their act­ing tal­ents to take on the lead­ing roles in the heart­warm­ing new film

The Leisure Seeker.

Don­ald (82) plays a man named John whose me­mory is start­ing to fail. But in­stead of let­ting life fade away, he and his sprightly wife Ella, played by He­len, go on a cross-coun­try campervan ad­ven­ture.

“I was prob­a­bly 20 pages into the script when John sat up and started to talk to me,” re­flects Don­ald of his char­ac­ter. “It was a won­der­ful con­ver­sa­tion. He was very ar­tic­u­late. And very spe­cific.

And he liked the script.”

For He­len (72), the de­ci­sion to sign on for the film wasn’t so easy. She tells, “I was a lit­tle wary of a film fo­cused on old age, but even­tu­ally I looked at the work of the di­rec­tor,

Paolo Virzì. I thought he had a won­der­ful, hu­mane, witty and easy way of ap­proach­ing these com­pli­cated but very, very re­al­is­tic hu­man sit­u­a­tions.”

He­len says of the film, “There’s noth­ing quite like that later phase of love, when you know each other so in­cred­i­bly well, you know each other’s faults and you know each other’s strengths.”

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