Grey Gardens

Dir: Ellen Hovde, Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Muffie Meyer, USA 1975, 100 mins 

Cert: PG

The tale of ‘Big Edie’ and ‘Little Edie’ Bouvier Beale has passed into legend now: the Kennedy connections, the squalor, the crazy fashion, the cats. Their story has spawned a musical, a play and a pointless Drew Barrymore film, but it all began with this painfully intimate documentary shot over six weeks by the Maysles Brothers. Grey Gardens has been chosen for Flatpack by Alice Lowe, writer and star of Sightseers (out on DVD on 25th March). Given the film’s mother-daughter dynamics, the way it zigzags between comedy and pathos, it’s not hard to see why. Last at the Electric in December to present her own movie, we’ve very happy to welcome Alice back tonight and will be serving jam jar cocktails in her honour.



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