Television

Documentary

Acting My Age

A comic documentary starring Dudley Sutton

Who creates the pensioner? Why are there so many euphemisms for the word old? What is it that society fears that we ignore, patronise and stereotype old people?

As a child, actor Dudley Sutton was forever being told to act his age. Now aged 77 he feels its time to challenge the roles that, as an actor and as an individual, he is expected to play. Mixing documentary, drama, animation, polemic and poetry this colourful film does just that: questioning western society's perceptions and prejudices about age and subverting the conventions of how old people are meant to behave.

Commissioned by Bristol City Council to launch the 2010 Celebrating Age Festival, 'Acting My Age' was premiered on 6th September at Watershed Cinemas, Bristol and generated an enthusiastic - and animated - response.

Other Credits

Other Quintessence documentaries include "Brought Up On Oysters" and "Celts for the Day" (Channel 4). Working in a freelance capacity, Quintessence directors have also helmed a polemical documentary by former president of RIBA George Ferguson on the shortcomings of British regeneration for the "Building Britain" (BBC1 & 2) season, a film on pigeon racing "The Poor Man's Racehorse" (TVS), a portrait of the people who work in London lost property offices "Lost But Not Forgotten" (ITV), and contributed films to "A Family of My Own" (BBC1), a series that explored the lives of carers, foster children and birth parents.