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A BUNCH OF AMATEURS
UK: Entertainment Film Distributors
Cast: Burt Reynolds, Samantha Bond, Imelda Staunton, Derek Jacobi, Charles Durning, Alexandra Weaver, Ty Davies, Camilla Arfwedson, Peter Gunn, Tony Jayawardena, Gemma Lawrence, Alistair Petrie, Kelly Price, Michael Wildman, Libby Hayter, Richard James, Heidi Monsen, Lawrence Sheldon, Silvia Lombardo, Elesia Ennis, Sarah Goldberg
Director: Andy Cadiff
UK: 96 mins
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong language
USA Release Date: tbc
UK Release Date: 19 December 2008
A BUNCH OF AMATEURS tells the story of ageing action hero Jefferson Steel (Burt Reynolds) desperate to revive his flagging career on the British stage and features a distinguished cast, including Academy AwardŽ nominee Imelda Staunton, multi award-winning star of stage, screen and television Sir Derek Jacobi CBE and Samantha Bond.
Jefferson Steel is an ageing Hollywood action hero. He's vain, insecure and out of work. Under pressure from his client, Jefferson's incompetent LA agent is forced to go through his trash, in a final attempt to find Jefferson work, and stumbles upon the perfect role: a prestige run playing King Lear at Stratford-upon-Avon.
Jefferson believes he has landed the role of a lifetime; arriving in the UK to discover that instead of a leading role in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at Stratford-upon-Avon, he is booked to tread the boards with an amateur dramatic society in the sleepy English village Stratford St John, Suffolk. A clash of cultures with comic complications ensues in this funny and ultimately moving comedy.
In the presence of HM The Queen, at the 62nd Royal Film Performance, A BUNCH OF AMATEURS was chosen and screened in aid of The Cinema & Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF), the trade charity for the UK film and commercial television industries.