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.