THE SENSE OF AN ENDING is a gorgeous, affecting film based on Julian Barnes' Booker Prize winning novel of the same name. Starring Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, Harriet Walter and Michelle Dockery, the film is out in UK cinemas 14 April. The film’s star, Jim Broadbent is an incredible and eclectic actor who has always been equally at home in drama and comedy, so to celebrate this exciting release we have collected his 8 greatest films.
The Iron Lady (2011)
In this compelling biopic of Margaret Thatcher, Jim Broadbent takes on the role of her husband, Denis Thatcher. Once again, whilst the vast majority of praise for the film has been focused on Meryl Streep’s towering performance, the supporting cast carries it throughout. Primarily playing the ‘ghost’ of Thatcher’s husband, Broadbent is completely moving in a role that may have been eclipsed by the nature of the lead performance if another actor had taken it on. He was rightly nominated for a BAFTA for his work.
Moulin Rouge (2001)
Moulin Rouge is the kind of film that was celebrated by critics upon its release as a ‘postmodern hug of a movie’. Described as ‘beautifully chaotic’ the film has continued to build a passionate and devoted following in the years since its release. It’s an explosion of colour, music and kinetic energy but is given an extra boost by Jim Broadbent whose appearance, manner and boisterousness is perfectly suited to the tone of the film. His presence in the beginning musical number is also definitely part of why it is often considered one of the greatest opening scenes of all time.
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (2009)
It goes without saying that the Harry Potter franchise features a who’s who of legendary British actors and anticipating the casting of the various roles that emerged throughout the series was one of the best parts of anticipating the new Potter film. Perhaps none were more impeccably cast than Broadbent who took on the role of Horace Slughorn, Harry Potter’s new potions master in the sixth book. He is easily able to pull off the character’s mix of goofiness and arrogance, and more importantly manages the difficult task of staying true to the book whilst making the character completely his own.
Iris centres on the true story of the lifelong romance between novelist Iris Murdoch and her husband John Bayley, from their student days through her battle with Alzheimer's disease. It is a beautifully photographed, vibrant film featuring extraordinary performances by Judi Dench and Kate Winslet. Arguably the finest aspect however is Broadbent’s fully realized performance as old Bayley and he was rewarded with a Best Supporting Oscar for his career best work.
Brooklyn follows an Irish immigrant in 1950s Brooklyn who creates a new life for herself but is eventually torn between that and her homeland. Upon its release, it was lauded by critics and audiences as a beautifully crafted and acted film that poignantly dealt with a number of themes. Whilst Broadbent only makes a brief appearance as Father Flood, he brings a warmth to the film that is essential to its success.
Bridget Jones (2001 -2016)
In the much-loved Bridget Jones films Jim Broadbent takes on the hilarious role of Bridget’s Dad – Colin Jones. The first film Bridget Jones released to critical acclaim in 2001, before the sequel Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason was released in 2004. The much-anticipated third film Bridget Jones’s Baby was released last year and was a box office success. The audience fell in love with Bridget, her dramas and her family and throughout all three films Jim Broadbent was an integral character.
The Sense of an Ending (2017)
Adapted from Julian Barnes’ novel of the same name, this film follows Tony Webster, played by Broadbent, who is forced to dig deep into his recollections of his friendships and relationships, and face the devastating consequences of his actions. In a rare lead role, Broadbent utilises his usual poise, humour and gravitas to create a completely compelling character in a moving and profound film.
Gangs of New York (2002)
Martin Scorsese’s epic Gangs of New York is set in 1863 and centres on Amsterdam Vallon as he returns to the Five Points area of New York to seek revenge against his father’s murderer, Bill the Butcher. Much of the film’s appeal lies with Daniel Day Lewis’ scene chewing performance. However, it is also distinguished by a brilliant supporting cast including John C. Reilly, Brendan Gleeson and of course, Jim Broadbent, who still makes a lasting impression in the relatively small role of William ‘Boss’ Tweed.
The Sense of an Ending is out in UK Cinemas Friday 14th April
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