Screeening of ‘Living’ at Rusthall Community Cinema.
Living follows the life of an elderly widower, played by Bill Nighy, who navigates grief and loneliness while forming an unexpected connection with a young woman.
Director: Oliver Hermanus
Runtime: 102 mins
Stars: Bill Nighy, Aimee Lou Wood, Alex Sharp
Living is a British drama film directed by Oliver Hermanus and written by Kazuo Ishiguro, based on the 1952 Japanese film Ikiru by Akira Kurosawa. It stars Bill Nighy as Williams, a London County Council bureaucrat who learns he has terminal cancer and decides to change his life. Aimee Lou Wood plays Margaret Harris, a former colleague who helps him find a new purpose. Alex Sharp plays Peter Wakeling, a decadent writer who introduces him to the nightlife. The film also features Tom Burke, Lia Williams, and Adrian Rawlins.
The film is set in 1953 London and explores themes such as mortality, loneliness, legacy, and redemption. It also features music by Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and Vera Lynn. The film was inspired by Ishiguro’s admiration for Kurosawa’s film and his desire to work with Nighy. The film was shot in London and Brighton in 2020.
The film received positive reviews from critics, who praised Nighy’s performance, Ishiguro’s screenplay, and Hermanus’ direction. It was nominated for two Oscars: Best Actor for Nighy and Best Adapted Screenplay for Ishiguro. It also won the British Independent Film Award for Best Actor for Nighy. It was named one of the Top Ten Films of 2022 by Time magazine.