Presented by Penny Woolcock as part of the 10 week series FILMMAKERS’ FAVOURITES
Grey Gardens tells the story of a pair of reclusive New York socialites who live together in a dilapidated Hamptons mansion. Big and Little Edie, the aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, invite us into their lives as they reminisce, sing, dance, yell at each other and watch approvingly as cats and raccoons befoul their rotting Long Island retreat.
Little Edie, still stunningly beautiful at 56, ruminates over memories of her thwarted romances and confides that she has to get out of Grey Gardens. Big Edie reminisces about her husband (from whom she has long been separated) and her youthful singing career. Wildly entertaining, it’s also a film that allows women to speak in their own voices and captures universal truths about family ties.
Penny Woolcock has been directing award-winning documentaries, feature films and opera for the stage for twenty years. Her recent work includes 1 Day (2009), One Mile Away (2012), and From the Sea to the Land Beyond (2014). In the summer 2015 she directed Utopia, a large scale installation at the Roundhouse in London.
Across 10 Thursday afternoons, celebrated doc-makers from Sophie Fiennes to Penny Woolcock to Kevin Macdonald will give a personal introduction to one of the films they chose for the Sight & Sound Greatest Documentaries of all Time poll.
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