UK, Hungary, Canada , USA


An intoxicating combination of wicked comedy and smart drama, BEING JULIA tells the story of a great actress who, at an important crossroads in her life, must figure out her role, both onstage and off. In London in 1938, beautiful and beguiling Julia Lambert (Annette Bening) is at her peak, physically and professionally. But her successful theatrical career and her marriage to handsome impresario Michael Gosselyn (Jeremy Irons) have become stale and unfulfilling. She longs for novelty, excitement, sparks. Enter Tom Fennell (Shaun Evans), a younger man who claims to be Julia's greatest fan. Finding his ardor irresistible, she decides that romance is the best antidote to a mid-life crisis and embarks on a passionate affair. Life becomes more daring and exciting, until Julia's young lover callously tries to relegate her to a supporting role. Summoning all of her considerable powers, Julia masterminds a brilliant revenge that places her exactly where she belongs, center stage and in the Spotlight.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: István Szabó

Written by: Ronald Harwood

Produced by: Robert Lantos

Cinematography: Lajos Koltai

Editing: Susan Shipton

Production Design: Luciana Arrighi

Costume Design: John Bloomfield

Original Score: Mychael Danna

Cast: Jeremy Irons (Michael Gosselyn), Lucy Punch (Avice Crichton), Bruce Greenwood (Lord Charles ), Shaun Evans (Tom Fennel), Miriam Margolyes (Dolly de Vries), Juliet Stevenson (Evie), Annette Bening (Julia Lambert)

Nominations and Awards

  • People's Choice Award 2005
  • European Cinematographer – Prix Carlo Di Palma 2004
  • Feature Film Selection 2004