By Adam Hetrick
04 Sep 2013
|Photo by Aubrey Reuben|
Documentary filmmaker Chiemi Karasawa ("Love, Etc"; Emmy-winning "The Betrayal") of Isotope Films directed the film that began capturing Stritch's public and personal life in February 2011. Tony and Academy Award nominee Alec Baldwin is executive producer of the film that received its world premiere last spring as part of the Tribeca Film Festival.
It will have its London premiere Oct. 18 at BFI Southbank, NFT2 and Oct. 20 at ICA, Screen 1.
The documentary includes interviews with a host of theatre vets who have worked with Stritch, including At Liberty collaborator George C. Wolfe, Company and Show Boat director Hal Prince and Tony-winning actors Cherry Jones and Nathan Lane. Also featured are "30 Rock" creator Tina Fey, late actor James Gandolfini and John Turturro, among others.
The BFI London Film Festival will close with the European premiere of Disney's "Saving Mr. Banks," which tells the untold story of how Mary Poppins was brought to the big screen. Emma Thompson stars as "Mary Poppins" author P.L. Travers opposite Tom Hanks as Walt Disney.
Additional films include "Philomena," (starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan), "12 Years a Slave" (starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch and Brad Pitt), "Gravity" (starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney), the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis" (starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake), "Labor Day" (starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin) and Ralph Fiennes' "The Invisible Woman" (starring Fiennes, Felicity Jones, Kristin Scott Thomas and Tom Hollander.)
View the trailer for "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me" below: