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GOOD LUCK TO YOU, LEO GRANDE
Luna Palace Cinemas invites you to join us on Sunday 31 July, from 6:00pm for an unmissable Movies With Mark, an advance screening of Good Luck To You, Leo Grande. Director Sophie Hyde's latest raw, sexy Sundance smash-hit stars Emma Thompson and Daryl McCormack (Peaky Blinders). After the 6:30pm screening, join Mark Naglazas and his special guest renowned Perth author and journalist, Carrie Cox ('So Many Beat Of The Heart') for a dicey post-film panel.
When the credits roll, the discussion begins...
Nancy Stokes, a retired school teacher and widow, is yearning for some adventure, some human connection, and some sex. Good sex.
Whilst her husband Robert provided a home, a family, and something resembling a life, good sex was never on offer. But he’s gone now, and Nancy has a plan: she will find adventure with a sex worker named Leo Grande. In an anonymous hotel room, Nancy greets Leo. He looks every bit as good as his picture, but what Nancy wasn’t expecting was conversation as well as fornication. Leo has a view on everything, and though he may not always tell the truth, Nancy finds she likes him. And he likes her.
With growing sexual confidence, Nancy starts to relax. Over the course of their rendezvous, the power dynamics shift and their well-worn masks begin to slip.
More about this week's guest Carrie Cox
Carrie Cox is a journalist, author, tutor, mother and timid surfer, never all at once and not in that order. Since 2010, Perth. Carrie penned a weekly satirical column, 'Carrie On', syndicated to six newspapers over 10 years until she ran out of things to say. She has also authored two non-fiction books: Coal, Crisis, Challenge, and, You Take the High Road and I'll Take the Bus. Her latest book So Many Beats of the Heart, is a novel about a marriage counsellor whose husband has left her. Concerned with the challenges of later life, Good Luck to You, Leo Grande chimes beautifully with her tale of a woman who has to kickstart her love life after the death of a long-term marriage.
Critics are saying...
"Thompson gives us a very personal, emotionally generous and intimate performance in this entertaining theatrical two-hander." The Guardian
"Insisting that a film about hiring a male escort is actually about intimacy sounds like some kind of reverse Pretty Woman fantasy... But Sophie Hyde's two-handed chamber piece turns out to be bolder and sweeter and less predictable than that — a tender coming-of-late-middle-age drama with a quietly radical idea of self-acceptance at its center." E Weekly
"McCormack is fantastic" Variety
"Emma Thompson is sensational in a part that relies on her voluminous nervous energy." RogerEbert.com
"Thompson deserves every bit of praise for her nuanced and complex performance." Sundance