71 mins – United Kingdom 2017 – Dir: Sally Potter Starring: Kristin Scott Thomas, Cillian Murphy and Patricia Clarkson Sally Potter dazzled the film world with her dynamic adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s ORLANDO in 1992. The 2017 black comedy THE PARTY, which she made in her late sixties, is proof that she has only whetted this sharp edge as she has gotten older. Janet (Kristen Scott Thomas) is a newly appointed parliamentary minister. She and her husband, Bill, bring their closest friends together for a dinner party to celebrate at their swanky London townhouse. With a star-studded cast that includes Patricia Clarkson, Cillian Murphy, Emily Mortimer and Timothy Spall, Potter spares no character in this acerbic and irreverent comedy on the relationships and tribulations of the waspishly wealthy. THE PARTY is screening as part of the Reframing Ageing: The Cinema of Older Women season. “THE PARTY is whip-smart satire at its very best.” FILMINK
Reframing Ageing: The Cinema of Older Women “Getting older, colour does me good.” - Agnes Varda to The Gentlewoman, 2018 With a burst of ingénue female filmmakers in recent years,
the work of older female filmmakers, who were trailblazers in their day, should not be overlooked. The artistic offerings of older filmmakers are rich and multi-faceted, fortified by the wisdom and insight of a long life, as well as skill and talent refined over years of work. In celebration of Positive Ageing Week 2023, Triskel cinema is delighted to present a programme of work from three female filmmakers - FACES PLACES (Agnès Varda), BOTH SIDES OF THE BLADE (Claire Denis), and THE PARTY (Sally Potter) who were well into their seventh decade or older when they made these films. This season is guest-curated by Dr. Neasa Fitzpatrick (Specialist Registrar in Geriatric Medicine at Mercy University Hospital, Cork), who will introduce the screening of FACES PLACES.