Typist Artist Pirate King

February 68:30pm
Post-screening Q&A with writer/director Carol Morley & actor Monica Dolan

Typist Artist Pirate King is a road movie that takes its viewers on an unforgettable journey with artist Audrey Amiss, portrayed by Monica Dolan, who is joined by Kelly Macdonald in the role of Audrey’s nurse, Sandra. The film is a fictionalised portrait of real-life artist Audrey Amiss, whose artwork is preserved in the Archives at the Wellcome Collection. In true Carol Morley style, Amiss is sensitively and lovingly depicted, and scans of Amiss’ artwork are used throughout not only to communicate Audrey’s personal journey in the film, but also to demonstrate the extent of her immense creativity.

The plot follows Audrey and Sandra as they venture to Sunderland in Sandra’s bright yellow car, Sunshine, with a plan to exhibit Audrey’s artwork, all whilst encountering a number of memorable characters on their travels. The film expertly blends humour into its moving portrait of Amiss, made all the more potent by the glorious score composed by Carly Paradis. The film is beautifully shot by cinematographer Agnès Godard, and features Jane Campion in the role of executive producer, whilst Gina McKee and Kieran Bew both give fantastic supporting performances.

With Audrey’s unmatched optimism and perseverance, and Sandra’s warm and nurturing support in helping Audrey to achieve her dreams, the film is a dreamy and unforgettable celebration of the imagination of Audrey the Artist.

With natural sympathy and warmth, film-maker Carol Morley has created this likable, generous, imaginative response to the work of the neglected English artist Audrey Amiss, played here with beady-eyed gusto by Monica Dolan.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Carol Morley’s Typist Artist Pirate King is an affectionate ode to a misunderstood artist.” – Darryl Griffiths, Movie Marker

You can discover more about the real-life Audrey Amiss at the Wellcome Collection.

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Film Information
Release year: 2022
Running time:   106 mins
Directed by: Carol Morley
Language: English
Country: UK
Classification: 12A
Genre: Drama
Starring: Monica Dolan,
Kelly Macdonald,
Gina McKee,
Kieran Bew

ReFrame Stamp – Best feature 2022
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Rotten Tomatoes
WFC Audience Score:  88%

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Screening Gallery

Carol Morley and Monica Dolan taking questions

Audience questions

Carol and audience members

Monica and Carol post-screening