Being Julia

Year of participation 2013
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Being Julia
Producer(s) Robert Lantos
Director(s) Istvan Szabo
Script Ronald Harwood
Director of Photography Lajos Koltai
Production designer Luciana Arrighi
Music by Mychael Danna
Sound Simon Kaye
Edit Susan Shipton
Cast Annette Bening, Jeremy Irons, Bruce Greenwood, Miriam Margolyes, Juliet Stevenson, Shaun Evans, Lucy Punch, Maury Chaykin, Sheila McCarthy, Michael Gambon, Leigh Lawson, Rosemary Harris, Rita Tushingham, Thomas Sturridge
Production company(-ies) Serendipity Point Films 9 Price Street Toronto, Ontario M4W 1Z1 416-960-0300


In London, in 1938, beautiful and beguiling Julia Lambertis is at her peak, physically and professionally.  But her successful theatrical career and her marriage to handsome impresario Michael Gosselyn have become stale and unfulfilling.  She longs for novelty, excitement, sparks.  Enter Tom Fennell, a younger man who claims to be Julia's greatest fan.  Finding his ardor irresistible, she decides that romance is the best antidote to a mid-life crisis and embarks on a passionate affair.  Life becomes more daring and exciting, until Julia's young lover callously tries to relegate her to a supporting role. Summoning all of her powers Julia masterminds a brilliant revenge that places her exactly where she belongs, center stage and in the spotlight.



BSFC  Award, Best Actress, 2nd place, Boston Society of Film Critics Awards, 2004; SEFCA Award, Best Actress,  Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards, USA, 2004;  DGC Craft Award,  Outstanding Achievement in Picture Editing - Feature Film, Directors Guild of Canada, 2005; Golden Globe,  Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical, Golden Globes, USA, 2005; NBR Award, Best Actress, National Board of Review, USA, 2004; Montecito Award,  Santa Barbara IFF, USA, 2005 ; Golden Satellite Award, Best Actress in a Motion Picture, International Press Academy, USA, 2005; Golden Kinnaree Award, Best Actress Bangkok IFF, 2005

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