Author: Jamie Madden
Location: Melbourne, Australia
"Hope Through Despair"
Directed by Ang Lee
Written by James L. Brooks and Larry McMurtry
Produced by Diana Ossana, James Schamus and James L. Brooks
Music by Gustavo Santaolalla
Sigourney Weaver - Jenna Tomalin
Jessica Lange - Dr. Woods
Shirley MacLaine - Bella May
"That which does not kill us makes us stronger"
Synopsis: Unhappy widow Jenna Tomalin (Sigourney Weaver) has nothing left to live for. Each day is a blaze of wine and soap operas. When Jenna attempts to kill herself, she discovers two lumps in her neck, and thus begins the fight for her life. Guided by belligerent fellow cancer patient (Shirley MacLaine) and inspirational doctor (Jessica Lange), Jenna discovers the importance of friendship, hope and life.
What the Press Would Say:
"An epic story of hope, love and discovery"
"Hope through Despair is a blockbuster achievement of writing, direction, and acting."
"Shirley MacLaine delivers a unforgettable, pugnacious character, which should be rewarded come Oscar season"
"An unexpected chemistry is discovered with Weaver and Lange."
"This movie is a force to be reckoned with"
For Your Consideration
Best Actress (Sigourney Weaver)
Best Supporting Actress (Shirley MacLaine, Jessica Lange)
Best Original Screenplay
Best Music Score
Best Original Song (Melissa Etheridge - I Run for Life)