Dustin Hoffman’s Directorial Debut ‘Quartet’ to hit screens in the New Year

Posted on 29 August 2012
By Camilla McNatty
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Quartet, the eagerly awaited directorial debut from actor Dustin Hoffman, is set for nationwide release on 1st January and will showcase some of the world’s greatest acting and musical talent.

The veteran actor has chosen a plethora of legends to star in the film including Billy Connelly. Tom Courtenay, Pauline Collins, Sheridan Smith and both Maggie Smith and Michael Gambon, huge stars from the Harry Potter series.

Quartet has been written by multiple Oscar and Bafta winning screenwriter, Sir Ronald Harwood and is based upon his play of the same name.

The film centers around a group of three residents at Beecham House, a retirement home for opera singers. Every year on the birthday of Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi, the residents unite in order to raise money for their home. But when the fourth member of the quartet moves into Beecham, the plans for this year’s concert begin to unravel.

With old grudges threatening to undermine past glories and theatrical temperaments playing havoc with the rehearsal schedule, the future of the four finest singers in English operatic history hangs in the balance.

The film seeks to redefine old age and offer a different perspective on growing old with hope. Under the watchful eye of legendary Hoffman, Quartet is sure to show how human spirit remains undimmed even as the brightest stars start to fade.