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Lit Fest: Florence Foster Jenkins - Film , preceded by a talk by biographer...
Fri 21 October 2016, 19:00 – 22:00 BST
Croft Films will be showing the film ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’ (PG) – the true story of a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice. It stars Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant and Simon Helberg.
In his well-researched and thoroughly entertaining biography, Darryl W. Bullock (author of The World's Worst Records) tells of Florence Foster Jenkins' meteoric rise to success, and the man who stood beside her through every sharp note. Florence was ridiculed for her poor control of timing, pitch, and tone, and terrible pronunciation of foreign lyrics, but the sheer entertainment value of her caterwauling packed out venues around the United States, with the 'singer' firmly convinced of her own talent. Her story is one of triumph in the face of adversity, of courage, conviction and of the belief that with dedication and commitment a true artist can achieve anything. The author will be giving a short talk about his book and signing copies, before the screening of the film.