‘A clever and powerful study of the effects of dementia transcended by a brilliant performance from one of the country’s greatest actors’
Based on the bestselling novel by Emma Healey, it took just under six years from when the novel was optioned by STV Studios for Elizabeth Is Missing to make it to the screen.
Written by Andrea Gibb, the drama was first broadcast in December 2019 and garnered a Bafta nomination for Best Single Drama.
The use of internal monologue to depict Maud’s battle with dementia, which drives the book’s narrative, proved a challenge for Gibb. To recreate the sense of living inside of the main character’s condition, the narrative was adapted into two interwoven storylines.
Glenda Jackson returned to the screen after a 27-year absence to play lead character Maud, winning a Bafta for her portrayal of a woman suffering from such a cruel and unforgiving disease.
The drama was directed by Irish screenwriter and director Aisling Walsh, whose sensitivity to the material and instinct for emotional truth produced a film that transcended its domestic setting, according to our judges.
One praised the “outstanding performance” of the whole cast, giving particular attention to Jackson’s “great skill” in portraying the central character.
Another said it was “a clever and powerful study of the effects of dementia transcended by a brilliant performance from one of the country’s greatest actors”.
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