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Star-struck at premiere.

Byline: MY SHOUT Pete Price people, places, celebrity faces ..

IT'S been a month since I cut down on working seven nights a week, as I have for the last 38 years - five on radio and two on the cabaret circuit (what's left of it).

As a workaholic, it's hard to cut down, but I'm getting there slowly.

It's starting to be normal visiting people at night, walking the dog (I haven't got one, so I borrow one), early meals in my favourite restaurants, sitting in front of the telly and one thing I didn't expect - baby-sitting.

Last week, I enjoyed my first visit ever to FACT - what an experience!

Everything it says in its name it is - The Foundation for Art and Creative Technology.

I went to see a superb movie that was premiered in Liverpool and rightly so. Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool - based on actor Peter Turner's intense romance with the eccentric Hollywood Oscarwinning icon, Gloria Grahame, in the late 1970s.

Peter wrote the book about his relationship with this Hollywood star. He never dreamed it would be made into a film.

I asked how long it had been in the making? He told me he'd written the book in 1984, it was published in 1986 and over the years it's been passed from pillar to post to different film-makers. Twenty-three years later, it was made and what a cast.

Jamie Bell, who plays Peter Turner, has developed into a wonderful actor, his performance is sensational.

The star of this love story is Annette Bening - Hollywood royalty. To watch her work on screen is like a masterclass in acting. I cannot believe it's taken so long for this story to be told.

Stephen Graham also gives a great performance, along with Leanne Best.

I can honestly say, in all my years as a movie-goer, I've never known a cinema so quiet, nobody even went to the toilet. I cried, laughed and fell in love with every character, especially one lady who I have not mentioned yet.

My dream for many years has been to meet this woman - the newly-crowned Dame Julie Walters.

I love all her work. She's won BAFTA film awards, TV awards, a Golden Globe and been nominated for an Academy Award.

I remember her at the Everyman Theatre Company in the 1970s, along with people like Bill Nighy, Pete Postlethwaite, Jonathan Pryce, Willy Russell and Alan Bleasdale.

Her list of film credits is truly remarkable, with films as diverse as Billy Elliot to Harry Potter, she's even in the new Paddington Bear film - and let's not forget Calendar Girls. But my favourite character will always be Mrs Overall, the elderly tea lady in Acorn Antiques.

When I met her, I was really quite nervous for the first time, as she's on my bucket list. I had a wonderful night and I'm slowly realising there is life after work.

Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool is a must-watch.

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Pete with Dame Julie Walters

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 23, 2017
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