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Director: Aisling Walsh
Starring:Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke, Zachary Bennett
A beautifully crafted bio-pic of the 20th-century Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis (1903-70). We watch as Maudie (Sally Hawkins) is sent away to become a kind of maid/housekeeper to a 40ish recluse, Everett Lewis (an unrecognizable Ethan Hawke), a man who had been booted out by his parents as a child, and who, when Maudie arrives, is living in a tiny shack, without electricity or running water. The story of how this incompetent housekeeper and this angry bachelor manage to coexist and not kill each other would be remarkable enough, but that Maudie actually wins him over to indulging her artistic pursuits, paying her for poor broom skills, and allowing her to sell her early work is nothing less than astonishing.
The paintings and small postcards Lewis created have been painstakingly reproduced, but the biggest hand has to be reserved for the leads, who are both completely made over from the images we have of them from long, successful careers. Bay Area Reporter.
We are thrilled to welcome Director Aisling Walsh who will be introducing the film and doing a Q&A after the film.
Aisling Walsh is a Film and Television Director and Writer. She is a graduate of The National Film School. Beaconsfield. England and of Dun Laoghaire School of Art. Dublin. She has won over 40 international film and television awards, is a 3 times BAFTA winner and an IFTA winner in 2017. In 2017 she was invited to join The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. She has been a member of BAFTA since 2005. Aisling is known for her searing portrayals of true life stories, for tackling difficult subjects and for the performances she achieves with her cast. Her films have premiered at Telluride. Toronto. Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals.
Her feature films include the 2017 international multi-award winning Maudie starring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke. 2003 Song For A Raggy Boy starring Aidan Quinn and 2006 The Daisy Chain with Samantha Morton. She made her debut feature film Joyriders in 1988.
Her recent television credits include 2019 Elizabeth is Missing which saw twice Oscar winner Glenda Jackson’s return to the screen after a 27 year absence. The BAFTA nominated An Inspector Calls in 2015 with David Thewlis. A Poet in New York for which she won a BAFTA in 2015. Room at the Top for which she won a BAFTA in 2013. Other television includes Wallander with Kenneth Branagh for which he won his first acting BAFTA in 2012 and the BAFTA nominated Fingersmith with Sally Hawkins and Elaine Cassidy.
Aisling is currently in development on projects with Susan Mullen at Parallel Films, with Tristan Orpen Lynch at Subotica Entertainment and most recently with Martina Niland at Port Pictures. She is in early pre-production with producer Lawrence Bender in the US on a project that will reunite her with Ethan Hawke and with See-Saw Films on a film which will be announced at this year’s virtual Cannes Film Festival.
**June 4th 2020. BAFTA nominations. Glenda Jackson received a Best Actress BAFTA nomination and Aisling received a Best Single Drama BAFTA nomination for Elizabeth is Missing**
ELIZABETH IS MISSING.
- Television Film. Starring Glenda Jackson. **2020 BAFTA NOMINATED**
- Feature Film. Sony Pictures Classics. Starring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke.
AN INSPECTOR CALLS.
- Television Film. BBC1. Starring David Thewlis. BAFTA nominated.
A POET IN NEW YORK.
- Television Film. BBC4. Starring Tom Hollander. BAFTA for Best Single Drama.
LOVING MISS HATTO.
- Television Film. BBC1. Starring Alfred Molina. Rory Kinnear.
ROOM AT THE TOP.
- Television Film. BBC4. Starring Maxine Peake. BAFTA for Best Single Drama.
- Television Mini Series. BBC1. Starring Kenneth Branagh. BAFTA for Best Actor.
THE DAISY CHAIN.
- Feature Film. Starring Samantha Morton. BIFA Nominated.
- Television Mini Series. Starring Sally Hawkins. BAFTA Nominated.
SONG FOR A RAGGY BOY.
- Feature Film. Zentropa/Lola Films. Starring Aidan Quinn and Iain Glen.