In honour of International M.E. Awareness Month, Star Cinema in Sidney will be screening “The Wedding Gift,” a light-hearted drama about M.E., based on a true story. This special event, organized by MEVA members Anthea and Lawrence, will take place on Monday, May 29th, at 2:00pm. Afterwards there will be a short discussion followed by tea and cake, so don’t miss it!
Diana Longden (Julie Walters) becomes ill with an unknown and unidentified illness. Her loving husband Deric (Jim Broadbent) ends up letting his business slide in order to act a nurse and therapist. They are both essentially jolly people and joke a lot, and find morbid humour even in some of the most harrowing episodes of the disease. Deric meets a blind author Aileen Armitage (Sian Thomas) and they like each other immediately Deric finds her a sympathetic ear.Diana calls up Aileen and asks to meet her, and the working out of this sad and gentle situation is the story of the film. Another major character is Deric’s mother (Thora Hird) who is senile and makes dotty comments that are too good to be true!