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RED JOAN – In Cinemas Friday April 19 – Mrs Brown, Four In The Morning, Shakespeare In Love, Philomena: Judi Dench Best Film Roles

09 April 2019

The year is 2000 and Joan Stanley (Dench) is living in contented retirement in suburbia at the turn of the millennium. Her tranquil life is suddenly disrupted when she’s arrested by MI5 and accused of providing intelligence to Communist Russia.

Cut to 1938 where Joan is a Cambridge physics student who falls for young communist Leo Galich and through him, begins to see the world in a new light.

Working at a top-secret nuclear research facility during WWII, Joan comes to the realisation that the world is on the brink of mutually assured destruction. Confronted with an impossible question – what price would you pay for peace? – Joan must choose between betraying her country and loved ones or saving them.

Dame Judi Dench plays Joan Stanley in the new spy thriller Red Joan, which is released nationwide on Friday 19th April. To celebrate the release we’re looking back at the talented actress’ best film performances to date...



Mrs Brown (1997)
Winning a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama, Dench’s Queen Victoria role is considered a phenomenal performance of the actress. The 1997 British film reflects the time of Queen Victoria’s alleged affair with Mr. John Brown, just two years after her husband past away. Although Dench reprises the role of Queen Victoria in Victoria & Abdul 2017, this was the first of many film roles that she would be nominated in top awards and become critically acclaimed.



Four In The Morning (1965)
Learning about the lives of two separate London couples and how they are connected to a mysterious body that was discovered by the River Thames creates an eerie and thought-provoking performances. This is Judi Dench’s first leading film role and she then won a BAFTA for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles in 1965. Dench played the wife, who has a new-born baby at home while her drunk husband is enjoying a night on the town with his best mate.



Shakespeare In Love (1998)
There are many dramatic remarks centre around this film (i.e. historical inaccuracies and more). One includes how Dench won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Even though her role of Queen Elizabeth I had only eight minutes of screen time. However, she gives a strong, intimidating presence as the frightful Queen in her two scenes. With many sceptical ideas as to why Dench won the award for this role, it has still been noted as a grand performance of the past Queen.



Philomena (2013)
Judi received further award nominations for her role as Philomena in this tragic true tale; receiving Best Leading Actress nominations at the Golden Globes, Academy Awards and BAFTAs. After falling pregnant out of wedlock in 1950s Ireland, Philomena was sent away to a convent and forced to give her son up for adoption; spending the next 50 years searching for him. When former political journalist, played by Steve Coogan, learns of her story he accompanies her to America in search of her son.



James Bond Film Series (1995-2015)
Dealing with two stubborn James Bonds (Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig) within eight films (1995's GoldenEye, 1997's Tomorrow Never Dies, 1999's The World Is Never Enough, 2002's Die Another Day, 2006's Casino Royale, 2008's Quantum of Solace, 2012's Skyfall and a cameo in 2015's Spectre) can be consider a great accomplishment for most actors. Dench didn’t consider auditioning the role until her late husband, actor Michael Williams, encouraged her to try for the part anyway. Replacing the Robert Brown’s portrayal, Dench’s M is cold and holds on to her blunt mannerisms. In GoldenEye, her Chief of Staff considers M the “Evil Queen of Numbers” due to relying on statistics than trusting her agents on their missions. It has been revealed that Stella Rimington, the real-life head of M15 in 1992-1996, had a strong influence during the writing sessions of the new character arc for M. Unfortunately, Dench learned the news about Skyfall being her true final Bond film (besides of the video will in Spectre) during a lunch with the producers. Although she cried learning the news, she knew that the real M16 would have retired this M long ago.



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