Song for Marion
|Song for Marion
|Directed by||Paul Andrew Williams|
|Produced by||Ken Marshall
|Written by||Paul Andrew Williams|
|Music by||Laura Rossi|
|Edited by||Daniel Farrell|
Steel Mill Pictures
Egoli Tossell Film
Film House Germany
|Distributed by||Entertainment One (UK)
The Weinstein Company (US)
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.
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 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.
- Terence Stamp as Arthur
- Vanessa Redgrave as Marion
- Gemma Arterton as Elizabeth
- Barry Martin as Timothy
- Taru Devani as Sujantha
- Anne Reid as Brenda
- Elizabeth Counsell as Cheryl
- Ram John Holder as Charlie
- Denise Rubens as Marge
- Arthur Nightingale as Terry
- Jumayn Hunter as Steven
- Christopher Eccleston as James
- Orla Hill as Jennifer
- Bill Thomas as Bill
- Willie Jonah as Robert
- Calita Rainford as Doctor
- Federay Holmes as Day Care Nurse
- Calum Sivyer as Heavy Metal Kid
- Alan Ruscoe as Judge
- Sally Ann Matthews as Playground Monitor
- Paul Andrew Williams as Delivery Guy
- Caroline Bartleet as Runner
- Brian Shelley as Choir Organiser
- Christopher Terry as Male Compere
- Melanie Cripps as Female Compere
- Stephen Quinnell as Spectator
- Dominic Kemp as Doctor
- Peter M. Quinn as Theatre Crowd
- Greg Forrester (uncredited)
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.
The film is accompanied by a song titled "Unfinished Songs" written by Diane Warren and performed by Celine Dion. The song was included in Dion'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."
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.
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