Imagine that you could spend some of your precious downtime watching and listening to four of the world's best actresses chatting informally about their public careers and private lives. This documentary invites you to an English country estate to do just that. Dame Judi Dench, Dame Eileen Atkins, Dame Joan Plowright, and Dame Maggie Smith are good friends. All over 80 years old, they have worked together for years in theatre and films.
The Dames discuss the role of Cleopatra, and Plowright reminds Dench that she said she would play her as a " menopausal dwarf." Alan Bates actually wanted to have that role since the character was given more prominence than Anthony.
There is a comfortable vibe in their conversations as these veterans share their experiences of aging, emotions on a film set, stage fright, working with husbands, dealing with hats, and not reading critics or reviews.
Laughter is in the air as they poke fun at themselves, others, and the silly aspects of acting in films and plays. Notting Hill director Roger Michell spices up the proceedings with archive footage of these luminaries during different stages of their careers.