Staff Review

Terence Stamp at the Cameo Picturehouse

SONG FOR MARION Picturehouse Cinemas

Actor Terence Stamp recently attended a couple of Q&As at Picturehouse Cinemas, following preview screenings of his new film, SONG FOR MARION. Belmont Picturehouse marketing manager Dallas King attended the event at The Cameo, Edinburgh.

When I got the email asking if I would like to come down to The Cameo in Edinburgh to attend a Q&A with Terence Stamp, I had one simple response: ‘Tell him I’m coming, tell him I’m f*cking coming!’

Last Thursday saw a sell-out audience come to ‘kneel before Zod’ following a preview screening of SONG FOR MARION. Terence Stamp plays Arthur, who spends most of his days looking after his wife Marion (Vanessa Redgrave). She has been diagnosed with cancer, but remains determined to live life to the fullest, and joins an OAP choir led by teacher Gemma Arterton, much to Arthur’s annoyance.

To describe it in a snappy sound bite, it’s QUARTET meets AMOUR. The very moving central relationship between Arthur and Marion is brought to life by terrific performances from Stamp and Redgrave.

Following a fantastic reception from the audience, Terence Stamp took to the stage for the Q&A session led by former Cameo general manager Ian Hoey.

Stamp has appeared in more than 70 films and television programmes in a career that has spanned more than 50 years. He has worked with the likes of Oliver Stone, Steven Soderbergh, William Wyler, Julie Christie and Laurence Olivier, and has even written an autobiography (entitled Rare Stamps), so it would be fair to say that he had quite a few stories to share about his time in the film industry.

Terence Stamp at the Cameo.He started off with a story about how ‘Mike and myself’ – the Mike in question being Michael Caine – had been appearing in a play at the King’s Theatre across the road from The Cameo back in 1959, and had popped in to watch NORTH BY NORTHWEST on the big screen… For the next 40 minutes he had the audience in the palm of his hand as he regaled them with anecdotes of working with Federico Fellini, dealing with his initial fears about dressing up in women’s clothing for THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT, and how he has a clause in his contracts to allow him to keep his wardrobe (although not on PRISCILLA), before telling a moving story about how his performance in SONG FOR MARION was inspired by his own father.

After a few autographs and photos with fans, Stamp donned his hat and disappeared – and it was quite apparent that both the man and his movie had received a huge Stamp of approval from The Cameo.

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