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THE BLACKWATER LIGHTSHIP

Director: JOHN ERMAN

USA • 2004 • DOLBY SR • 120 MIN


SELECTED BY ANGELA LANSBURY FOR THIS SPECIAL EVENT, THE BLACKWATER LIGHTSHIP IS BASED ON A NOVEL BY COLM TOIBIN.
It tells the story of how three generations of strong and independent women learn to deal with their decades-long differences when a beloved son, Declan (Keith McErlean), shares the news that he has AIDS. The three women in Declan’s life—his grandmother, Dora (Angela Lansbury), a crusty old woman trying to hold the fragile family together; his mother, Lily (Dianne Wiest), who left her children years ago with Dora when their father was dying, and his sister, Helen (Gina McKee), now married with two children—have become alienated from one another over the years. These three women, together with Declan’s close friends, Paul (Sam Robards) and Larry (Brian F. O’Byrne), come together to deal with Declan’s illness, and in the process they discover how important they really are to one another.

Angela Lansbury will give a public interview with Myles Dungan following
this film.

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