There’s a slight change to our format this month, as we look at ageing in film, rather than our usual topic of ageism. This month’s blog follows our trip to The Soho Hotel to see the film adaptation of Raymond Briggs’ graphic novel Ethel and Ernest.
Welcome to the first edition of our new monthly series on ageism in film. This week Danny Elliott subjects The Lady in the Van to Peter Bradshaw’s Bechdel Test for Ageism. Although Peter Bradshaw points out that older women are the social group that find it hardest to come by major roles, the first film I’m going to look at stars, and is dominated by, Dame Maggie Smith. The 81 year old played Miss Shepherd in ‘The Lady in the Van’, 16 years after she first performed the role on stage in Alan Bennett’s play of the same name. Maggie Smith is a […]