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Typist Artist Pirate King + Director Carol Morley & Mark Kermode talk
Typist Artist Pirate King + Director Carol Morley & Mark Kermode talk

Du 18, Sad


The Poly

Typist Artist Pirate King + Director Carol Morley & Mark Kermode talk

A touching comedy-drama following artist Audrey Amiss (and her psychiatric nurse) on a fictionalised road trip.

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2023 Du 18 19:45 – 22:40

The Poly, 24 Church St, Falmouth TR11 3EG, UK


Award Winning films from Cornwall Film Festival - Gala Screening with Director Carol Morley & Mark Kermode talk 

Typist Artist Pirate King | Dir Carol Morley | 2022 | 1h 46 min | United Kingdom | Comedy / Drama | English | 12A

In Carol Morley's fifth feature, we follow troubled, misunderstood artist Audrey Amiss (played by Monica Dolan) and her psychatric nurse (Kelly Macdonald) on a fictionalised road trip to Sunderland, in a last-ditch effort to get Amiss' work exhibited, and reconnect with her sister Dorothy (Gina McKee).  

The real-life Amiss trained as a painter at the Royal Academy during the 1950s. Even though her career sadly never gained much traction due to her struggles with paranoid schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, as well as a lack of exposure, her work is immortalised in her very own archive at the Welcome Collection in London - of which Morely was the very first to explore, a fact which becomes apparent in how she handles Amiss' life story.  

During the course of the film, we see Amiss' mental illness take hold, to both dramatic and darkly comic effect. Amiss' more obviously erratic and abrasive side is showcased alongside beautiful scenes that make clear the compassion and sympathy Morley holds for her subject - acting as a testament to the partnership between Dolan and her director, and their joint refusal to succumb to the usual narratives glamourising the supposed link between art and mental illness in order to create a thoroughly humanising display instead.   

'Carol Morley’s warm and sympathetic film imagines the artist, whose mental illness curtailed her ambitions, on a tragicomic road trip to exhibit her work' - The Guardian 

 'Morley’s ambitious efforts, from her script to her direction, make “Typist Artist Pirate King” an absorbing feature. The brilliant performances ensure that her vision comes to life' - In Their Own League


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