We really like this one, not a huge amount to tell you about it. If you’re free on the last Friday of each month, then the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea hold what they call Museum Matinées. Best of all, it’s FREE

Four Weddings and a Funeral is a classic comedy that needs to watch regularly. It’s 26 years old now and still as fresh as ever. It was the first of several films by screenwriter Richard Curtis to feature Hugh Grant, and follows the adventures of Charles (Grant) and his circle of friends through a number of social occasions as they each encounter romance. Andie MacDowell stars as Charles’s love interest Carrie, with Kristin Scott Thomas, James Fleet, Simon Callow, John Hannah, Charlotte Coleman, David Bower, Corin Redgrave, and Rowan Atkinson in supporting roles.

The film was actually made in only six weeks, cost under £3 million, and became an unexpected success and the highest-grossing British film in history at the time, with worldwide box office in excess of £220 million, and receiving Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. Additionally, Grant won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and the film won the BAFTA Awards Best Film, Best Direction, and Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Scott Thomas. The film’s success propelled Hugh Grant to international stardom, particularly in the United States.

In 1999, Four Weddings and a Funeral placed 23rd, on the British Film Institute’s 100 greatest British films of the 20th century. In 2016, Empire magazine ranked it 21st in their list of the 100 best British films. A 2017 poll of 150 actors, directors, writers, producers, and critics for Time Out magazine ranked it the 74th best British film ever.

I’m sure we’ve all had similar ‘movie’ moments during weddings or funerals. Screenwriter Richard Curtis’s own experiences as a wedding attendee inspired the premise for Four Weddings and a Funeral. According to Richard he began writing the script at age 34, after realising he had attended 65 different weddings in an 11-year period. At one wedding he was propositioned by a fellow guest, but he turned her down and forever regretted it; accordingly he based the origin of Charles and Carrie’s romance on that situation.

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It took him 17 drafts to reach the final version. He has commented on director Mike Newell’s influence;

”I come from a school where making it funny is what matters. Mike was obsessed with keeping it real. Every character, no matter how small, has a story, not just three funny lines. It’s a romantic film about love and friendship that swims in a sea of jokes.” 

Curtis reunited director Newell and the surviving cast for a 25th anniversary reunion Comic Relief short entitled One Red Nose Day and a Wedding, which aired in the UK during Red Nose Day on Friday 15 March 2019.

The team here at SOUTH WALES LIFE have a friends who worked with Hugh for a good few months and everything she said confirmed what a lovely guy he is. No airs or graces, down to earth and apparently he really doesn’t like acting very much, it’s a fear thing by all accounts. This Break Down he did for GQ Magazine confirms that.

Museum Matinées is held at the National Waterfront Museum on Oystermouth Road, Maritime Quarter in Swansea. On the 27th March at 1:30pm it’s FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL, and it’s sure to be a popular one. It is FREE to go along and we reckon a really nice way to spend a couple of hours watching a film they way it’s meant to be seen. For more details, go here. Matinées

A little heads-up for next few movies. on the 27th March at 1:30pm it’s FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL, sure to be a popular one. We’ll bring you more soon, but in the mean time you can get details here. WEDDINGS

Parking isn’t too bad. The St David’s multi-storey car park (pay and display) is situated just a short walk away from the Museum on Oystermouth Road – for satellite navigation use SA1 3NG. There are dropping off and pick up points close to the entrance during busy times.

On the 24th April at 1:30pm it’s the classic BONNIE AND CLYDE. For details, go here. BONNIE

On the 29th May at 1:30pm it THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL. Details here. BAD

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