Joanna Lumley, Celia Imrie and Imelda Staunton are among the all-star cast in Finding Your Feet, a new feel-good film about midlife divorce, sisters and the healing power of dance.
When “Lady” Sandra Abbott (Staunton) discovers her husband has been having an affair with her best friend, she seeks refuge with her estranged older sister, Bif (Imrie).
Bif drags Sandra along to a community dance class where she meets Bif’s friends who show her that divorce might just give her a new lease of life.
Already looking forward to seeing it? Here are five key things you need to know about the film…
1. Joanna Lumley had to wear a grey wig for her part
…and it took a little adjusting to. The star told us, “I had to wear a grey wig to play Jackie and whenever I saw myself in it I’d go, ‘Oh my god – that’s me!’
2. The female cast had a bit of a reunion
Imelda revealed she’d already met several of the cast before. “I already knew Celia and Joanna before working on this, so we had a kind of shorthand way of communicating with each other,” she said.
“We weren’t trying to create a friendship that wasn’t there, which made things much more relaxed – and enjoyable.”
3. The cast had to learn some Strictly moves
…but you won’t be seeing them on the show any time soon.
Celia told us, “I had to learn the foxtrot and a bit of flamenco for this, which was such fun. You won’t ever see me on Strictly though because you have to wear dresses that show off your ankles – and mine are awful!”
4. Imelda Staunton had the best moves in rehearsals
All the cast had to take dance classes before they started filming and Joanna Lumley let us know who was the most natural.
“The best dancer has to be Imelda – she’s like a snake through the water”, she said. “Fortunately, I was so anxious to get my own steps right that I didn’t find myself looking around thinking, ‘Am I better than her?’”
5. There’s a lesson to be learnt from this story
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According to Imelda, we can all take something away from this film. She said, “It’s lovely to be at the centre of a film that doesn’t say it’s only worth changing if you’re young. The film is all about how people can change. I hope it will make people realise that it’s never too late.”
Finding Your Feet is released in cinemas on 23 February.
Words: Nathalie Whittle