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Empire Of Light (2022) movie review
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Hilary (Olivia Colman) is a cinema manager struggling with her mental health, and Stephen (Micheal Ward) is a new employee longing to escape the provincial town where he faces daily adversity. Together they find a sense of belonging and experience the healing power of music, cinema, and community. (imdb)
The film-makers say: "EMPIRE OF LIGHT is an intimate and moving story about love, friendship, and connection,set in a coastal town in Southern England against the social turmoil of the early 1980s."
Writer/director Sam Mendes says that EMPIRE OF LIGHT is influenced by the pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic. "For most people, their most formative period is their teenage years. For me, that was the late '70s and early '80s: the music, the movies, the pop culture of that period generally formed who I was. It was a period of great political upheaval in the U.K., with a great deal of very incendiary racial politics -- but at the same time, an amazing period for music and for culture generally -- very creative, very politicized, very energized. EMPIRE OF LIGHT itself, however, is a movie almost entirely born out of the pandemic."
"Lockdown was a period of intense self-examination and reflection for all of us. And for me it meant starting to confront these memories that I'd been wrestling with since childhood. That was the spur to write -- to explore those memories and to see if I could unlock anything interesting.
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Due for Australian release 23 Feb, 2023 (2023-02-23)
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Title: Empire Of Light (2022)
The Players: Colin Firth, Olivia Colman, Toby Jones, Micheal Ward, Ron Cook, Sara Stewart,
Official website: https://www.sonypictures.com/movies/thewomanking
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