|Dame Judi Dench|
John Madden’s The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has been selected for The CTBF Royal Film Performance. The Royal and World Premiere of the sequel to the hit British comedy will take place on Tuesday 17 February 2015, with members of the Royal Family, cast and filmmakers in attendance.
The CTBF, established in 1924, is a charity for the film and TV industries, supporting professionals and their families in times of need. The CTBF Royal Film Performance has been the charity’s principal fundraising event since 1946.
CTBF president Barry Jenkins OBE, said: “We are thrilled to be able to host esteemed British Director John Madden’s highly anticipated sequel, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. At the end of our 90th anniversary year it is fitting that we can celebrate alongside such acclaimed British filmmaking talent. We are extremely grateful to the Royal Family for their continued support and to Fox Searchlight Pictures for sharing this opportunity with us.”
The renowned cast has reunited for the film including stars Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Celia Imrie, Penelope Wilton, Ronald Pickup, Tina Desai, Diana Hardcastle, and Lillete Dubey. Additional cast making their debut include Tamsin Greig and US stars David Strathairn and Richard Gere.
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel follows the expansionist dream of Sonny (Dev Patel), who is planning to build a new hotel while also preparing for his imminent marriage to the love of his life, Sunaina (Tina Desai). His first venture, ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful’, has only a single remaining vacancy – posing a rooming predicament for fresh arrivals Guy (Richard Gere) and Lavinia (Tamsin Greig).
Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench and Bill Nighy) have now joined the Jaipur workforce, and are wondering where their regular dates for Chilla pancakes will lead, while Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) are negotiating the tricky waters of an exclusive relationship, while Madge (Celia Imrie) juggles two eligible and very wealthy suitors. The only one who may know the answers is newly installed co-manager of the hotel, Muriel (Maggie Smith).
John Madden (Shakespeare In Love) has returned to helm the follow-up companion feature to the 2012 international smash hit from an original screenplay by Ol Parker, from a story by Parker and Madden. The film is produced by Blueprint Pictures’ Graham Broadbent and Peter Czernin, with Participant Media's Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King, John Madden, Michael Dryer serving as executive producers.
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures and is released in cinemas across the UK and Ireland on 26 February 2015, and in the US on 6 March 2015.