Harry Macqueen movie is one of the most romantic offerings of awards season Supernova, in which a middle-aged gay couple Sam (Colin Firth) and Tusker (Stanley Tucci) take a road trip through England’s Lake District as they visit friends and come to terms with Tusker’s diagnosis of early-onset dementia.
Speaking at Deadline’s Contenders Film Awards season event alongside Tucci and cinematographer Dick Pope, Macqueen explained the genesis of the Bleecker Street Project.
“It’s a very personal story,” he says, “and it started when I was working with a woman who – unbeknownst to me at the time – had early-onset dementia. I worked with her for a year, and during that year I watched her change completely. Sadly, about a year later, she had passed away and it had a really profound effect on me. And it made me want to learn more about dementia – early-onset dementia in particular. So I then did research for about two or three years. I have worked in various charities and spent a lot of time with people with dementia. So the story is really inspired by the time I spent with these people.
For Tucci, the film offered a chance to explore a difficult subject in a tender and concrete way. “I thought it was beautiful,” he says. “I thought it was beautifully written, and what I liked was its frankness and the lack of melodrama. And the pictures [onscreen] reflects and enhances exactly what is on the page. “
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