Having been a long time fan of Downton Abbey,I was looking forward to the big cinematic version of the popular TV series. And was I disappointed? On the whole, no.
This true life story is inspired by an article in New York magazine written by journalist Jessica Pressler and played in the film by Julia Styles as a character called Elizabeth.
Adapted by writer Martyn Hesford from what was originally his radio play and then a two-hander for the stage, Mrs Lowry and Son very much shows its theatrical origins.
The most striking thing about this second feature from director Andrea Di Stefano is that it is extremely violent, pretty sadistic and employs an awful lot of gunplay.
Set in the 80s, the story is autobiographical – a fictionalised retelling of a relationship Hogg had when she was a very young woman.
Based on the real experiences of writer/director Wang, the twist in The Farewell is revealed immediately when Billi (Awkwafina) learns that her beloved grandmother “Nai Nai” (Shuzhen Zhou) has received a fatal cancer diagnosis.