FILMCLUB Meets The Barrymores
Season of the Week celebrates Drew Barrymore and her famous acting family
To celebrate the release of Drew Barrymore's directorial debut Whip It on DVD and her new film Going The Distance coming out in cinemas this week, FILMCLUB, the after-school charity and experts in film for young people, have brought together some of its favourite films starring one of Hollywood favourite actresses.
Many know of Drew Barrymore as being one of today’s most celebrated actresses, a producer and now director, who started her career as one of Hollywood’s most recognised child actors.
But some may not know that she is also a part of a family who are a legendary acting dynasty that have been in the film industry since Hollywood began.
Her great grandfather John Barrymore and great uncle Lionel Barrymore were two of Hollywood’s leading men and heartthrobs in the 1920s, 30s and 40s.
FILMCLUB’s Season of the Week has selected ten of the best Barrymore films for younger viewers, including the silent and spooky thriller Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1920) starring John Barrymore as the title character whose experiments on himself create a monster, the near-perfect crime drama Key Largo (1948) set in a Florida hotel as a hurricane is closing in, starring Lionel Barrymore alongside legendary actors Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, and the Oscar-winning You Can’t Take It With You, a comedy exploring the fireworks that occur when two mismatched families are thrown together, also starring Lionel Barrymore.
Proving her status as one of the acting dynasty’s most popular and accomplished members, Drew has featured in over 40 films, seven of which appear in FILMCLUB’s Season of the Week, including Drew’s first stand out role in the enduring classic sci-fi story ET: The Extra Terrestrial (1982), about an alien, which befriends an family in small-town American, when she was only seven.
Romantic comedies The Wedding Singer, Ever After – A Cinderella Story (1998), 50 First Dates (2004) Woody Allen’s Everyone Says I Love You (1996), the originally sinister mind-bending cult film Donnie Darko (2001) and her directorial debut Whip It (2009) are also featured in the season.
FILMCLUB Season of the Week: Meet the Barrymores
Donnie Darko (15,2001)
50 First Dates (12,1995)
Whip It! (12,2009)
Doctor Jekyll And Mr Hyde (1920 silent) (PG)
ET: The Extra-Terrestrial (PG,1982)
Ever After - A Cinderella Story (PG,1998)
Everyone Says I Love You (12,1996)
Key Largo (PG,1948)
The Wedding Singer (12,1998)
You Can't Take It With You (U,1938)
FILMCLUB’s 151,000 members across the country have discovered that films are fun to watch and talk about with friends.
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