Song for Marion

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Song for Marion
(Unfinished Song)
Promotional poster for Song for Marion.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed by Paul Andrew Williams
Produced by Ken Marshall
Philip Moross
Written by Paul Andrew Williams
Starring Terence Stamp
Gemma Arterton
Christopher Eccleston
Vanessa Redgrave
Music by Laura Rossi
Cinematography Carlos Catalán
Edited by Daniel Farrell
Production
company
Steel Mill Pictures
Coolmore Productions
Egoli Tossell Film
Film House Germany
Distributed by Entertainment One (UK)
The Weinstein Company (US)
Release dates
  • 15 September 2012 (2012-09-15) (TIFF)
  • 22 February 2013 (2013-02-22) (United Kingdom)
  • 14 March 2013 (2013-03-14) (Germany)
  • 21 June 2013 (2013-06-21) (United States)
Running time 93 minutes[1]
Country United Kingdom
Germany
Language English
Box office $7,041,354[2]

Song for Marion (released in the United States as Unfinished Song) is a 2012 British-German comedy-drama film written and directed by Paul Andrew Williams and starring Terence Stamp, Gemma Arterton, Christopher Eccleston, and Vanessa Redgrave.

The film was nominated for three awards—Best Actor, Best Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actress—at the 2012 British Independent Film Awards.[3]

Plot[edit]

Arthur Harris is the grumpy husband of Marion, who is terminally ill yet continues to participate with enthusiasm at her local seniors' choir. Arthur is unimpressed when the choir, led by mistress Elizabeth, serenades the couple at their home.

As Marion's health deteriorates, Arthur is keen to please his dying wife and even agrees to take her place in the choir. The transition proves to be trying for Arthur thanks to the unconventional songbook that includes racier songs such as "Let's Talk About Sex". Arthur's experience in this new social environment will take him on a journey of self-discovery and thaw his bitterness, qualities that he will need in his imminent transition to life without Marion.[4]

Cast[edit]

The OAP'Z:

Joy Alexander, Judith Baird, Bob Buyers, Sally Anne Cooper, Joan Fagon, Lynn Fox, Anthony Friswell, Christine Glazzard, Christopher Gulliver, Joe Hewison, Pat Mailer, Janet Meikle, June Mitchell, Marie Mossison, Jenny Hales Owen, Sid Robertson, Ian Scott, Joan Smith, Mike Smith, Sue Sweeney, Margaret Taroni, Carol Thompson, Robert Anthony Walsh and Gwen Williams.

Soundtrack[edit]

The film is accompanied by a song titled "Unfinished Songs" written by Diane Warren and performed by Celine Dion.[5] The song was featured in Celine's 2013 album Loved Me Back to Life but with different vocal and musical arrangements.

The score was composed by Laura Rossi. Lost In The Multiplex's Soundtrek section deemed Rossi's score "lovely", but opined that the OAP'Z songs "aren't particularly funny, they're not that fun to listen to either."[6]

Reception[edit]

The film received positive reviews from critics. It received a "fresh" rating of 64% based on 92 reviews from aggregating site Rotten Tomatoes.[7]

Production[edit]

Although the film is set in London it was primarily shot on location in Newcastle upon Tyne and Durham. Filming took place over 6 weeks in July and August 2011, and locations included St Francis community centre (next to Freeman Hospital), Newcastle City Hall, Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre and Durham Johnston Comprehensive School.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SONG FOR MARION (PG)". British Board of Film Classification. 16 October 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Unfinished Song (2013)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Nominations 2012: BIFA". British Independent Film Awards. Retrieved 2013-05-14. 
  4. ^ Programmer's Note Toronto International Film Festival. Retrieved on 6 September 2012
  5. ^ "Celine Sings A ‘Song for Marion". celinedion.com. 2012-09-12. Retrieved 2012-09-12. 
  6. ^ "Soundtrek Review: Song For Marion". lostinthemultiplex.com. 2013-02-23. Retrieved 2013-02-23. 
  7. ^ "Song For Marion (2013)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "Song For Marion film shot in Durham and Newcastle". BBC News. 23 August 2011. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 

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