Unfinished Song

Unfinished Song (2012/2013)

Also Known As: Song for Marion

Opened: 06/21/2013 Limited

Limited06/21/2013
The Paris06/21/2013 - 07/18/201328 days
The Landmark06/21/2013 - 07/11/201321 days
Playhouse 706/28/2013 - 07/18/201321 days
Town Center 506/28/2013 - 07/18/201321 days
Kendall Square...06/28/2013 - 07/11/201314 days
Monica 407/05/2013 - 07/18/201314 days
Claremont 507/12/2013 - 07/18/20137 days
Village East07/19/2013 - 07/25/20137 days
DVD09/24/2013

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Genre: British Comedy/Drama

Rated: PG-13 for some sexual references and rude gestures.

Music is the cure for the common crank...

Synopsis

Unfinished Song is a funny and inspiring story about Arthur (Terence Stamp), a curmudgeonly old soul, who is perfectly content sticking with his dull daily routine until his beloved wife (Vanessa Redgrave) introduces him to a local seniors singing group. The group is led by the youthful and charming Elizabeth (Gemma Arterton) and her unexpected friendship with Arthur reignites his passion for new adventures and shows us all life should be celebrated at any age.

Director's Statement

UNFINISHED SONG is an incredibly affecting project and possibly the most personal script I've written. Not because the characters are all relatable to me, though some aspects of the story certainly are, but because I have tried to make elements of the film personal to everyone. Ever since I started writing I have always tried to bring truth and the natural complexity of human nature to my characters, never more so than now.

I often wondered what would make a tough old man -- a father and grandfather who is grumpy and difficult and hard to extract emotion from -- come out of his shell and be prepared to open himself up. What makes a certain generation unhappy unless they are being unhappy or making everyone else unhappy? I wanted to explore what would bring out emotions buried inside, with the ability to see life a bit brighter.

The film hints at the relationship between my grandfather and grandmother, the love and duty of their generation and how the normal working-class person deals with emotion, loneliness and loss. Could they possibly come out of it all with a smile and a dance in the end?

My grandfather loved my Gran. In fact, I would say she was the one positive thing in his life that had any effect on him. He would do anything for her, and she for him. She accepted him for all his moaning and bitterness because she could see that underneath it all, he was a good man. He had taken care of her, been there for her, made her laugh and every now and again dipped his toe into romance for her. When she got every type of cancer she could, he looked after her, nursed her and loved her with something totally unconditional. When she eventually died, he was in great pain and for the first time in his life he sobbed.

I was inspired by seeing how my grandfather cared for my grandmother, the sacrifices he made, and the effect of losing someone you've spent every night with for fifty years. It seems the fear of admitting one's frailties or needs can eat someone up and destroy those around them.

With a troubled father-son relationship like that between Arthur and James, would they crumble and give up once the one thing they both loved was gone? Or could there be something that might force them to change their outlook on life and want to be better?

Cast and Crew Biographies

Terence Stamp (Arthur)

Terence Stamp was born in Bow, London. His motion picture debut was the title role in Peter Ustinov's 1962 film adaptation of Herman Melville's Billy Budd, which brought him not only an Academy Award® nomination but also international attention. After this success, Stamp collaborated with some of the cinema's most revered filmmakers. Stamp starred in William Wyler's adaptation of John Fowles' THE COLLECTOR opposite Samantha Eggar, and in MODESTY BLAISE for director Joseph Losey and producer Joe Janni. Stamp reteamed with producer Janni for two more projects: John Schlesinger's adaptation of Thomas Hardy's FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD starring opposite Julie Christie, and Ken Loach's first feature film POOR COW.

Stamp then journeyed to Italy to star in Federico Fellini's TOBY DAMMIT, a 50-minute portion of the Edgar Allan Poe film adaptation SPIRITS OF THE DEAD. Stamp made Italy his home for several years, during which time his film work included Pier Palo Pasolini's TEOREMA opposite Silvana Magano. His subsequent credits include Alan Cooke's THE MIND OF MR. SOAMES, Richard Donner's SUPERMAN and Richard Lester's SUPERMAN II (as Kryptonian super-villain General Zod), Peter Brook's MEETINGS WITH REMARKABLE MEN, Stephen Frears' THE HIT, Richard Franklin's LINK, Ivan Reitman's LEGAL EAGLES, Michael Cimino's THE SICILIAN, and Oliver Stone's WALL STREET. The film PRINCE OF SHADOWS, in which the actor starred for director Pilar Miro, was awarded the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival.

Stamp began his fourth decade as an actor wearing some of the choicest of Lizzy Gardiner's Academy Award® winning costumes for the comedy THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT for director Stefan Elliot, starring along with Guy Pierce and Hugo Weaving. In 1999 it was Terence's lead role in Steven Soderbergh's THE LIMEY - which debuted that year to widespread critical acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival - that once again made him popular to a whole new generation of moviegoers. For his performance, Terence received nominations for Best Male Lead at the 2000 Independent Spirit Awards and for Best British Actor at the London Film Critic Circle (ALFS) Awards.

Stamp followed this up with memorable roles in Frank Oz's BOWFINGER, RED PLANET, the French romantic comedy MY WIFE IS AN ACTRESS, Disney's THE HAUNTED MANSION and Marvel's ELEKTRA.

In 2008, Terence stayed busy starring in four major studio releases that year including the re-make of the famous television series GET SMART opposite Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway; WANTED opposite Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy; YES MAN opposite Jim Carrey; and in the historical thriller VALKYRIE for director Brian Singer and starring opposite Tom Cruise.

Last year, Stamp starred opposite Matt Damon and Emily Blunt in Universal's THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU playing the mysterious fixer Thompson.

In addition to his acting career, Stamp is an accomplished writer and author. He has published three volumes of his memoirs, including Stamp Album (written in tribute to his late mother), a novel entitled The Night, and a cookbook co-written with Elizabeth Buxton to provide alternatives to those who are wheat and dairy-intolerant.

Stamp recently released his latest memoir entitled Rare Stamps, in which he shares his personal experiences as an actor through his long career and the industry's ever-changing landscape.

Vanessa Redgrave (Marion)

Vanessa Redgrave was Guest Director of the Brighton Festival 2012. During the Festival she directed and narrated a play with Nadim Sawalha and Najla Said, based on the memoir Wadad Makdisi Cortas. This was presented at the Theatre Royal, Brighton in May 2012.

In June 2012 in Dublin, Vanessa recited the Seamus Heaney poem The Republic of Conscience for the Amnesty International Concert for Aung San Suu Kyi, who received the Ambassador of Conscience Award from Bono.

Vanessa was last on Broadway in the 2010/2011 season with James Earl Jones & Boyd Gaines in the play DRIVING MISS DAISY, written by Alfred Uhry and directed by David Esbjornson.

In the 2007 season she was seen in Joan Didion's play THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING directed by Sir David Hare.

Vanessa recently appeared in CORIOLANUS ,the film starring and directed by Ralph Fiennes. Some of her favorite roles are in LETTERS TO JULIET, directed by Gary Winnick, and in THE WHISTLEBLOWER with Rachel Weisz.

In September 2012, Vanessa received UNICEF Germany's Award for Children's Rights in Frankfurt. She has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 1995 and a UNICEF-UK Special Representative from 1993-1995.

Gemma Arterton (Elizabeth)

Since graduating from RADA in 2007, Gemma Arterton has already garnered an Empire Film award for 'Best Newcomer' and a nomination for the 'Orange Rising Star' award at the 2011 BAFTAs. Gemma has recently completed filming Brad Furman's thriller RUNNER, RUNNER in Puerto Rico in the leading female role of Rebecca Shafran alongside Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake. Gemma was recently seen in the lead role of Gretel opposite Jeremy Renner in HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS, directed by Tommy Wirkola. Gemma will also soon star in the highly anticipated BYZANTIUM directed by Neil Jordan and written by Moira Buffini, in which Gemma is set to star as vampire Clara opposite Saoirse Ronan. Gemma has recently been announced as part of the cast for 2013's Jeff Buckley biopic MYSTERY WHITE BOY and comedy thriller THE WRIGHT GIRLS directed by Andy Fickman.

In 2011, Gemma voiced the character of Shelley in A TURTLE'S TALE: SAMMY'S ADVENTURE, an animated feature including voices from John Hurt and Dominic Cooper. She also starred in the title role in TAMARA DREWE directed by award-winning director Stephen Frears, opposite Dominic Cooper, Luke Evans and Tamsin Greig. In 2010, Gemma appeared alongside Sam Worthington as the goddess Io in Louis Letterier's remake of the 1981 epic CLASH OF THE TITANS, based on the classic Greek myth. She also played the lead female role of Princess Tamina in Disney's PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME, directed by Mike Newell, starring alongside Hollywood stars Jake Gyllenhall and Sir Ben Kingsley. In 2009, Gemma starred in J Blakeson's independent film THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED, a thrilling tale of kidnapping and intrigue in which she played the title role alongside Martin Compston and Eddie Marsan.

Amongst her other film credits, Gemma starred in Richard Curtis' THE BOAT THAT ROCKED, a period comedy set in the 1960's co-starring a host of greats such as Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy and Emma Thompson and in 2008, Gemma starred as iconic Bond Girl Strawberry Fields in QUANTUM OF SOLACE, directed by Marc Forster and starring Daniel Craig and Dame Judi Dench. Her other film credits include Guy Ritchie's gangster film ROCKNROLLA, THREE AND OUT, directed by Jonathan Gershfield, and the classic remake of ST TRINIAN'S directed by Oliver Parker and Barnaby Thompson for which she was nominated for an Empire Award and won a National Movie Award.

For television, Gemma's heartrending portrayal of the heroic Tess in the BBC adaptation of Thomas Hardy's novel TESS OF THE D'URBERVILLES co-starring Eddie Redmayne and Hans Matheson earned her rave reviews and numerous award nominations. She also played the role of Elizabeth Bennett in ITV's costume drama LOST IN AUSTEN. In 2007 she also starred in the BBC's CAPTURING MARY, directed by Stephen Poliakoff, in which she played the character Liza alongside Dame Maggie Smith, David Walliams and Ruth Wilson.

For theatre, in early 2010 Gemma made her West End debut at the Garrick alongside Rupert Friend and Tamsin Greig in Douglas Carter Beane's Award-winning Broadway comedy THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED. She also returned to the stage in November 2010 at the internationally renowned Almeida Theatre in Henrik Ibsen's THE MASTER BUILDER, for which Gemma's performance earned her critical acclaim for her 'spellbinding' turn as Hilda Wangel. Her previous theatre credits include the role of Rosaline at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in LOVE LABOUR'S LOST directed by Dominic Dromgoole. After gaining an award for 'Best Supporting Actress for Kent', she gained a full scholarship to RADA where she took lead roles in productions such as AN IDEAL HUSBAND, TITUS ANDRONICUS and THE BEGGAR'S OPERA.

Christopher Eccleston (James)

Christopher Eccleston trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. He is will next be seen in THOR: THE DARK WORLD. Other films include 24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE, THE OTHERS, ELIZABETH, JUDE, SHALLOW GRAVE, and LET HIM HAVE IT.

His work in television includes THE BORROWERS, THE SHADOW LINE, ACCUSED, LENNON NAKED, DR WHO, THE SECOND COMING, FLESH AND BLOOD, SUNDAY, OTHELLO, CLOCKING OFF, HILLSBOROUGH, OUR FRIENDS IN THE NORTH, HEARTS AND MINDS, and CRACKER.

Theatre includes ANTIGONE, ABINGDON SQUARE and BENT at the National Theatre; MISS JULIE at The Haymarket; HAMLET at the West Yorkshire Playhouse; DONA ROSITA THE SPINSTER and A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE at Bristol Old Vic; and THE WONDER at The Gate.

Paul Andrew Williams (Director)

Paul Andrew Williams is a critically acclaimed writer and director. His body of work to date includes the theatrical release of three feature films; UNFINISHED SONG will be his fourth cinematic release.

In 2001 Paul wrote and directed the short film ROYALTY which would later inspire critically acclaimed feature film debut LONDON TO BRIGHTON. LONDON TO BRIGHTON premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival and subsequently won numerous awards in the UK and overseas, including a nomination for The Carl Foreman Award at the 2007 BAFTA Awards. Williams followed this up with horror comedy THE COTTAGE, released in 2008 with Pathe Distribution and then in 2010, chilling home invasion thriller CHERRY TREE LANE released by Metrodome in the UK.

On top of the many scripts Williams has in development for the future, he is also a keen actor and starred in the most recent series of Golden Globe nominated TV series WALLANDER alongside Kenneth Branagh.

Ken Marshall (Producer)

Ken Marshall began his career by exploring various roles in production and development before setting up UK based production company Steel Mill Pictures with Paul Andrew Williams in 2005. Since the birth of Steel Mill Pictures, Marshall has produced five feature films and has a wealth of material in development, including a feature film for Focus Features to be shot in 2013. Completed films include the critically acclaimed LONDON TO BRIGHTON (2006), THE COTTAGE (2008) and CHERRY TREE LANE (2010). Marshall is currently in post-production with feature film FILTH, a screenplay adaptation of the Irvine Welsh novel (Trainspotting). FILTH is directed by Jon Baird (CASS) and stars BAFTA award winning actor James McAvoy (X MEN: FIRST CLASS, THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND) and a whole host of first class British acting talent including: Oscar winner Jim Broadbent, Eddie Marsan, Imogen Poots and Jamie Bell. Lionsgate acquired UK rights to FILTH and it is expected in cinemas in 2013. Marshall is currently a mentor for the Microwave film scheme from Film London and the BBC. The initiative provides funding for rising talent by challenging them to complete their first feature film for a modest £120,000 budget. Previous success stories from the programm include Eran Creevy's SHIFTY and Ben Drew's ILL MANORS.

Philip Moross (Producer)

Philip Moross is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Cutting Edge Group, the largest music service provider for film.

In 1993 Philip formed Cutting Edge Marketing Solutions, a marketing business focused on the entertainment arena, which serviced large retail and mail order companies in Europe and the US by creating celebrity branded products for mass-market distribution.

In 1997, Philip created the Cutting Edge Music Group, which absorbed that marketing entity and packages, produces and publishes music for film. In 2007 Philip started a roll-up and in 2008 launched Resonant Music LP, a fund that invests in intellectual copyrights principally focused on music for film and television.

Diane Warren (Writer, "Unfinished Songs")

Diane Warren is one of the most prolific and successful songwriters of our time. Her songs have been featured in more than 100 motion pictures resulting in six Academy Award nominations. Additionally, she has been nominated for nine Grammys, (winning for the song "Because You Loved Me"), nominated for five Golden Globes, and has been named ASCAP's Songwriter of the Year six times. Some of her big movie hits include "How Do I Live" performed by Trisha Yearwood for Con Air and also a chart-topper by LeAnn Rimes as well, "Because You Loved Me" sung by Celine Dion for the film Up Close and Personal, "Music Of My Heart," performed by *NSYNC and Gloria Estefan for the film Music Of The Heart, "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" performed by Aerosmith for Armageddon, and "Do You Feel Me" from American Gangster sung by Anthony Hamilton.

Diane works with popular acts, including: Justin Bieber, Snoop Lion, Cher, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige, Akon, Jesse J, Emile Sande, Paloma Faith, Jennifer Hudson, Keyshia Cole, among many others.

During her impressive career, Warren has written for iconic artists such as: Whitney Houston, Aerosmith, Elton John, Faith Hill, Aretha Franklin, Brandy, *NSYNC, Eric Clapton, Celine Dion, LeAnn Rimes, Mariah Carey, and Barbra Streisand, among many others.

Diane won the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for the powerful ballad "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me," which is performed by Cher in the movie Burlesque, starring Cher and Christina Aguilera.

In 2012, Diane was nominated for two Grammy Awards for the song "Born To Be Somebody" from Justin Bieber's "Never Say Never" album, and "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" from Burlesque, both in the category of Best Song Written for Visual Media.

She also wrote the song "I Was Here" for Beyonce's latest record, "4," which hit

number one on the Billboard charts. The video for the song was filmed at the U.N. to launch World Humanitarian Day, and it has reached over 1 billion people.

Diane most recently wrote the original song "Silver Lining" performed by Jesse J for the critically acclaimed, award-winning film Silver Linings Playbook. In addition, her song "Get Used To Me," is performed by Jessica Mauboy as the end title to The Sapphires. Warren's original song "Unfinished Songs" for the film Unfinished Song is performed by Celine Dion as the end-title.

Warren owns her publishing company, Realsongs; the most successful female-owned and operated business in the music industry.

 

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