Barnaby directs mum on screen

FILM NOIR: Gabriel Byrne and Charlotte Rampling in I, Anna

FILM NOIR: Gabriel Byrne and Charlotte Rampling in I, Anna

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IT isn’t often sons get to boss their mothers about, especially when their mum is a 60s icon.

IT isn’t often sons get to boss their mothers about, especially when their mum is a 60s icon.

But Barnaby Southcombe got away with it when he persuaded his famous parent to appear in his first film I, Anna - which is being screened at the Dukes cinema in Lancaster for the next three nights.

Barnaby – who will appear at the Dukes on the final night and take questions from the audience – is the eldest son of Charlotte Rampling and got his mum to take the lead role.

In the film, Rampling, who made her name in the 60s when she gained a reputation as a sex symbol, plays a lonely divorcee who is encouraged by her daughter to attend a singles night. She meets a jaded police detective, played by Gabriel Byrne, who becomes obsessed with her.

This moody noir thriller, unusually told from the point of view of the femme fatale, is screened at the Lancaster cinema from January 8-10.

Tickets for the film - including Thursday’s screening when Barnaby will be there in person to take part in a Q&A with the audience - are priced £5.50 (concessions £4.50).

To book, call The Dukes box office on 01524 598500 or visit www.dukes-lancaster.org

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The gig begins at 7.30pm at the Pro-Deaf club on Cornwall Avenue in North Shore.