Golden oldies’ comic capers
THE Hatton Garden jewel robbery showed that the idea of a bunch of geriatric crooks isn’t totally outlandish.
A star-studded cast of veterans appear in this slapstick comedy co-written by TV DIY guru Nick Knowles. With their pensions stretched and hard times threatening the closure of their bingo club and bowling green, some oldies turn to a life of crime. It begins with Arthur (Bernard Hill) stealing £50,000 from the building society to fund treat- ment for his wife Martha (Virginia McKenna) that the NHS won’t cover. One thing leads to another bank robbery as other oldies join their merry band. But, before long veteran copper Sid ( Alun Armstrong) is on their arthritic trail. Nameanotherfilm about golden oldies. Entries to Alex Gordon, Golden competi- tion. THIS is a sparky, funny and bold family film – made by a family! Writer/director Kenton Hall cast twin daughters Hero and Scarlett as Maisie andDaisy, twogirls makinga filmaboutbeing12andgrowing up. Problems from bullying to boyfriends, over-anxious parents and over-confident pals are dealt with, and almost-teen girls will (probably) laugh their socks off.
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