AS THE SUN BEGINS TO SET
2005 Producer/Editor Yulia Martynova
A humorous and heartfelt film about love, old age and Britishness set on board the QE2 cruise ship.
"An elegantly composed and humorously observed look at life onboard the QE2. Over tea and cakes on the sun deck, elderly guests of this floating senior citizen's club reflect on the experience of luxury and being pampered, something they had thought unobtainable during their working lives. The filmmaker, Julie Moggan, is a stylist, favouring unhurried static frames in which her characters happily reveal themselves. Ethel and Alice rarely leave the ship to see the ports of the Mediterranean. The Catos, who met 43 years ago on a cruise, spend most of their time researching marine history in the library. And New Yorker Munroe sits in the afterdeck remembering his fallen comrades from D-Day and still harbouring dreams of finding love. As the Sun Begins to Set charms us by utilising the engaging observational style MIFF audiences were introduced to in 2004 with Julie Moggan's short documentary Waiting for a Lift." Melbourne International Film Festival 2006
Official selection: Sheffield Doc/Fest, Melbourne International Film Fest, Krakow, Docslisboa
Winner: Cinematography Award, Sole e Luna Documentary Festival, Italy