RELATIVE VALUES

The Premiere of the film of Noël Coward's Relative Values took place at the Odeon, Leicester Square on the 21st June 2000. The film goes on general release from 23rd June 2000.

Links connected to the film: Film Website , Order your CD of the Film Music from the Society (see sound samples and tracks list below), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Site . See and hear the Guardian Interview with Julie Andrews and the text of the BBC Film 2000 interview with Jonathan Ross. BBC review of the film with video clip . What the papers say

The event benefited the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and Fashion Acts. Dame Julie Andrews (who plays Felicity, Countess of Marshwood), William Baldwin (Don Lucas), Stephen Fry (Crestwell) Colin Firth (The Honourable Peter Ingleton), Edward Atterton (Nigel, Earl of Marshwood), the Director Eric Styles and Producer Chris Milburn were were all at the film and the premiere party.

Julie Andrews, Sophie Thompson, Edward Atterton, Stephen Fry, Chris Milburn and
Eric Styles welcome the guests at the premiere before the showing of the film
 
Edward Atterton and Stephen Fry Talking to photographers in the crowded foyer of the Odeon cinema at the premiere. Stephen Fry plays the ever reliable butler Crestwell who successfully manages both the needs of his 'betters' and the staff. Edward Atterton sporting a very different hairstyle to that of the traditionally attired Nigel, Earl of Marshwood in the film. It is his well publicised return to his family home, from the South of France, with his high profile American film star fiancée, Miranda played by Jeanne Tripplehorn that sparks what follows.
 
 
Sophie Thompson with her mother Phyllida Law. Sophie in common with all the other stars spent time talking to the press and meeting and chatting to the guests at both the premiere and the party afterwards at the National Portrait Gallery.
 
 
 
 
 
Samuel (Sam) West was a guest at the premiere. He has recently played Nevil Maskelyne in 'Longitude,' Robert Southey in 'Pandaemonium' and appeared in 'Notting Hill.'
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stefanie Powers a guest at the premiere.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Julie Andrews followed the welcoming words from Chris Milburn and Eric Styles and spoke with clear affection about the making of the film. She praised the team spirit enjoyed by all those involved in its creation. The evidence of that cooperation is clear in the film. The easy rapport and total support offered by the actors for each other has produced a piece where separate egos never dominate. The team has produced a very funny film
 
 
 
 
 
 
This was certainly a night to remember ...
The arrival through barricades holding back the crowds ... the hosts of 'minders' and 'security' ... the cameras and floodlights ... the crowds looking out to spot the famous ... the arrival of a fleet of Jaguar cars ... the interviews with the media ... the film ... and the party where the actors spent considerable time with those who had come to celebrate the film and support its charitable benefactors. ... can we expect more Noel Coward films soon?
 
Review of the Film - the views of the web author.
 
Let me say at the outset that this is a wonderful and expertly crafted film. It was extremely well-received by all. The film is set in the 1950s and evokes much of the feel of that decade - even the film stock has the colour quality of films of the period. The performance of each member of the cast is superb!
 
Julie Andrews is faultless as Felicity and exhibits the all-knowing assuredness that we hoped the upper classes might have possessed! As The Tatler puts it "She is the witty, sensible but stylish matriarch, the Countess of Marshwood, faintly disapproving of her son and heir's imminent marriage to a Hollywood starlet. It is a magnificent piece of casting .."
 
Colin Firth playing Felicity's nephew, Peter, is a wonderful foil for her in her more mischievous moments in the film and is a genuinely funny character from start to finish.
 
Sophie Thompson must plead guilty to almost stealing the film. Her performance, in what is a pivotal role in the plot, is comic acting at its finest with both pathos and humour.
 
Stephen Fry, as his accent and demeanour switch when moving from upstairs to downstairs, is the trustworthy butler who wins respect by his understanding of his betters, their weaknesses and foibles and by his kindly but firm management of the staff - and his special relationship with Moxie.
 
I must say a word for Alice played by Anwen Carlisle one of those essential character roles that lie at the heart of the best of British comedy films. From shots of her, 'out of control', dogwalking to an enraptured expression reserved for the stars of the silver screen she is wonderful!
 
Jeanne Tripplehorn, William Baldwin and Edward Atterton as the love triangle, one working-class 'made-it', one laid back American 'has-it' and one up-tight aristocratic British 'got-it' - play off each other with great comedic skill and brilliance.
 
For the Coward purists - the play is there - and at times the text is largely untouched. The exciting thing is that in enlarging the play, to make the film, nothing is lost and a lot has been gained. The underlying structure of the three act play is there but much has been added to give context and richness to the plot and the action. Essentially the film feels right, in period and is very Coward! Eric Styles has done a wonderful job in directing a comedic film of considerable weight within a limited budget, with, one has to say, excellent actors. This film should be the surprise hit of the year. It is a 'must see' film!
 
Cast
Felicity - Julie Andrews
Moxie - Sophie Thompson
Nigel - Edward Atterton
Miranda - Jeanne Tripplehorn
Don Lucas - William Baldwin
Peter - Colin Firth
Crestwell - Stephen Fry
Alice - Anwen Carlisle
Lady Hayling - Gaye Brown
Lord Ludmurrey - Michael Culkin
Caroline - Katy Stephens
Elizabeth - Stephanie Beacham
Mrs Crabbe - Kathryn Dimery
Frank - Richard Nichols
Amy - Lauren Stocks
Philip Bateman-Tobias - Charles Edwards
Production
Director - Eric Styles
Producer - Chris Milburn
Assoc Producers/Writers - Paul Rattigan & Michael Walker
Costume Designer - Nicolas Ede
Production Designer - Humphrey Jaeger
Director of Photography - Jimmy Dibling
Editors - Caroline Limmer & Ian Seymour
Buy the CD from the Noel Coward Society (members only)
for only £10.75 + £0.75 pp (UK.) email
 
 
 
Click on underlined tracks to hear a sample.
 
You will need Real Audio to hear them.

CD of the music from Relative Values
John Debney
Cat Nos: FILMCD337
Single CD

1 Almost Like Being In Love (Vocal version by Rick Riso)
2 Relative Values
3 Class Distinction
4 Miranda's Theme
5 The Fleets In Town
6 Manor Preparations
7 Crestwell How Much Do You Know?
8 Romance in 7/8
9 Miranda and Nigel Arrive
10 B Movies
11 So Lovely To Meet You
12 Moxie Intoxicated
13 Sir Frederick Crestwell
14 Rumba and Romance
15 The Kiss
16 It's The Oldest Story In The World
17 Goodbyes
18 The 11:15
19 Theme from relative Values
20 Almost Like Being In Love (Instrumental)

 
The film is on nationwide release from 23rd June. The film web site: www.relative-values.com.

 Copyright - The Noel Coward Society - May 2001