The Cape Breton Island Film Series continues this Thursday at 7pm with the fourth film of their Winter schedule, My Week with Marilyn. According to the Film Series’ website (where you can also find upcoming film information and previews):
In the summer of 1956, Marilyn Monroe set foot in England for the first time. She was honeymooning with playwright Arthur Miller, and shooting The Prince and the Showgirl with co-star Sir Laurence Olivier, who also directed.
That same summer, 23-year-old Colin Clark set foot on a film set for the first time. Born to a well-to-do family and newly graduated from Oxford, Clark aspired to a life in film, and found a job as a lowly production hand on the set of The Prince and the Showgirl.
Monroe hoped to disprove doubts about her acting ability, while Olivier fought the growing perception he was over the hill as an actor. The two soon clashed, and Munroe’s insecurity about her famously intellectual third husband deepened.
She decided to ditch the set for a week touring the English countryside, dragooning young Clark into service as her guide. My Week With Marilyn is the story of that week.
Michelle Williams is nominated for an Academy Award for her portrayal for Monroe, as is Kenneth Branagh for his supporting role as Olivier. Eddie Redmayne, Judi Dench, and Douray Scott round out the cast.
My Week with Marilyn plays one show only, 7 pm, Thursday, February 16, at the Empire Theatres Studio 10, 325 Prince Street, Sydney. Tickets $11, students $7.