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Mrs. Henderson Presents Details

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A recently widowed eccentric with money to burn and no intentions of settling down enlists the aide of a showbiz professional to transform a run-down theater in Soho into London's most innovative entertainment hot spot in director Stephen Frears' cinematic account of the groundbreaking Windmill Theater. The year is 1937 and, despite having recently lost her husband, 69-year-old Laura Henderson (Judy Dench) remains as ambitious and vital as ever. Aghast at her friend Lady Conway's (Thelma Barlow) suggestion that she take up a mundane hobby such as diamond collecting to pass the time, Mrs. Henderson instead shocks her well-to-do social circle by purchasing the ramshackle Windmill Theater in the heart of downtown Soho. Unafraid to take a risk in the venture, yet lacking the experience needed to run the theater, Mrs. Henderson brings in showbiz veteran Vivian Van Damm (Bob Hoskins) to line up an opening act that will set the stage ablaze. When the ever-curious Mrs. Henderson's intrusive spying begins to impede on Mr. Van Damm's creative progress, the frustrated theater manager has her banished from rehearsals. Though Van Damm's innovative idea to stage an unending stream of entertainment dubbed "Revudeville" proves a wild and profitable success, the Windmill begins to suffer when other local theaters quickly follow suit. Now faced with the prospect of seeing her once-lucrative endeavor fall by the wayside due to the unoriginality of the copycats who surround her, Mrs. Henderson decides to show audiences something they've never seen before by making the Windmill the first theater to feature nude female entertainers live on-stage. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:December 9, 2005

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Martin Sherman Best Original Screenplay 2005 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Bob Hoskins Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 2005 Nominee
London Film Critics Association Stephen Frears Best British Director 2005 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Judi Dench Best Actress - Runner-up 2005 Winner
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Judi Dench Best Actress 2005 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Judi Dench Best Actress 2005 Nominee
London Film Critics Association Judi Dench Best British Actress 2005 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Judi Dench Best Actress 2005 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Judi Dench Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 2005 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Judi Dench Best Actress 2005 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Judi Dench Best Actress 2005 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Sandy Powell Best Costume Design 2005 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Sandy Powell Best Costume Design 2005 Nominee
London Film Critics Association Kelly Reilly Best British Newcomer 2005 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts George Fenton Best Film Music 2005 Nominee

Crew

Stephen Frears
Director
Norma Heyman
Producer
Martin Sherman
Screenwriter
Andrew Dunn
Cinematographer
George Fenton
Composer (Music Score)
Lucia Zucchetti
Editor
Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski
Production Designer
Tony Woollard
Art Director
David Rose
Associate Producer
François Ivernel
Executive Producer
David M. Thompson
Executive Producer
Tracey Scoffield
Executive Producer
Bob Hoskins
Executive Producer
Cameron Mccracken
Executive Producer
David Aukin
Executive Producer
Sandy Powell
Costume Designer
Debbie Astell
Choreography
Eleanor Fazan
Choreography
Leo Davis
Casting
Stuart Renfrew
Assistant Director
Kevan Van Thompson
Line Producer
Laurie Borg
Line Producer
Graham Longhurst
Special Effects Supervisor
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