Film review: Tea with the Dames for Weekend Notes

Transmission Films’ Tea with the Dames is pitched as “a unique celebration of the lives and careers of four of our most iconic actresses – Dame Eileen Atkins, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Joan Plowright and Dame Maggie Smith.” Given the title and the film’s promo poster of said Dames sitting all lady-like in a picturesque, quintessentially English country garden, snapped mid-giggle (“ah hahaha, oh how we laughed”!), you’d be forgiven for expecting it to be a quaint little afternoon soiree of a film. Pass the jam and cream, please.

Directed by Roger Michell (My Cousin RachelNotting Hill), though in reality, driven by Maggie Smith’s acerbic wit, Tea with the Dames offers a lot more than a bit of countryside tea-sipping while telling tales of old. It’s genuinely laugh-out-loud hilarious.

Read my full review of Transmission Films’ Tea with the Dames for Weekend Notes.

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