Monday, September 12, 2011

Dustin Hoffman Making Directorial Debut with British Drama 'Quartet'

After working with some of the finest filmmakers such as Steven Spielberg, Sydney Pollack, and Mike Nichols, Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman is ready to try his hand at directing. In a press release from BBC Films and DCM Productions, it was revealed that Hoffman will be at the helm of an adaptation of Ronald Harwood's stage play Quartet. In addition, Hoffman has assembled some impressive talent for the adaptation including Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly, Tom Courtenay, Pauline Collins, Sheridan Smith and Michael Gambon starring in the film which began production in Britain today.

Here's the official synopsis for the film straight from the press release:

Lifelong friends Wilf (Billy Connolly) and Reggie (Tom Courtenay), together with former colleague Cissy (Pauline Collins), are residents of Beecham House, a home for retired opera singers. Every year on Giuseppe Verdi?s birthday, the residents unite to give a concert to raise funds ...


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