Whilst I am looking forward to this year’s Cannes Film Festival, perhaps a sad part of the Festival will be my only attendance at an actual film – ‘That Good Night’. I’ve been invited to the screening as a guest of my clients Alan Latham and Kirsty Bell. ‘That Good Night’ stars the late, great John Hurt in one of his final roles. He plays Ralph, a once famous screenwriter who is now terminally ill. He wants to reconcile with his long-lost son and ensure he is not a burden to his wife - as he journeys into “that good night”.
John Hurt had an absolutely fantastic career starting with a small part in 1962 in the television series ‘Z Cars’ through to many iconic TV and film parts such as ‘The Naked Civil Servant’, ‘Alien’, ‘1984’, ‘The Elephant Man’ and ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’.
One of my personal favourite John Hurt films was a low budget independent production, ‘Love and Death on Long Island’. It is simply a beautiful film starring a great actor. I have a vague recollection of reading an interview with John Hurt where he said it was one of his favourite films. Either way, I recommend you check it out.
In common with many talented and gifted artists John Hurt had a torturous and difficult private life. Those issues only made him more human and vulnerable. Dare I say, but it made us all root for him all the more.
Whilst ‘That Good Night’ will no doubt be sad I am sure that like all his other roles he will be as only John Hurt can be – magnificent.