I was watching a programme on TV that consisted, in part, of analysing trends in going to the cinema. The conclusion was that it was older people that were attending most regularly and hence the proliferation of films being created for that audience eg. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. As I fit into that age bracket, just, I only have one objection to the classification we are being grouped together under. THE GREY POUND! Really! Couldn't they have found something that reflects the benefits of age and experience rather than the loss of pigmentation and money? Nevertheless the quality of some of these films is very high and they are bedecked with dare I say 'Grey Stars' such as Dames Judie Dench and Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Michael Gambon, Pauline Collins, Bill Nighy and many other superb actors and actresses who are further along in their careers. The above film is very well directed by the 75 year old Dustin Hoffman. I enjoyed the film, its good but perhaps not great. One of the leading performances came from the comedian turned actor, Billy Connolly, who has never failed to impress me in everything I've seen him do except, perhaps, for being funny deliberately!
Billy playing alongside Dame Judy Dench (Queen Victoria) in 'Mr Brown'
In the Quartet he plays 'Wilf' and is excellent.
My message to these youngsters who think up categories in which to place whole sectors of the population is be careful! In the case of us 'Greys' they may get to be one themselves if they are lucky. Just to finish this rant I quote from Cissy (Pauline Collins) in the film - 'Old age is not for sissies'
The folly of youth
Be mindful of GREY backlash
No place for sissies
©David L Atkinson January 2013