Synopsis: At the age of forty Dame Margot Fonteyn is considered to be past her best as a prima ballerina and Ninette de Valois is reducing her roles at the Royal Ballet. Then the exciting young Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev, a recent defector to the West, comes into her life and her bed and revitalizes her career. Frederick Aashton creates a new ballet for them and they become the golden couple of the ballet world. However, Margot is married to Roberto 'Tito' Arias, a Panamanian politician of dubious repute who is not sympathetic to her calling and is probably faithless. When he is shot and paralyzed for life Margot must carry on dancing well into her sixties in order to pay for his costly treatment though she still collaborates with Rudolf in the occasional ballet.
Genre: Biography, Drama
Director(s): Otto Bathurst
Production: Mammoth Screen
  1 nomination.


This film contains some strong language

and some scenes of a sexual nature.







Have you spoken to Tito? On the telephone. He

knew you were coming straight from the airport.

Madam kept a seat back for him. How did

he sound to you? Fit as a fiddle. As usual.

The authorities would've shot him if they caught

him in Panama. It's a rum do all round! Jail!

Oh, I don't know. They were even

saying His Nibs used you as a decoy

to get away, when he knew

the whole coup was a damp squib.

Oh, the press will say anything. It's

a wonderful story for them, isn't it?

I don't know, guns, boats... Madam was

ready to make an announcement, you know.

Look, Lynne has already got the costume on.

Mummy, you know how I hate letting people down.

And I had a lovely sleep

on the plane.

The show must go on.

And on and bloody on.

"Swan Lake" by Tchaikovsky

Tito! Oh, it's been torture.

No news for six days. And then,

when they said you were safe...

Next time, definitely more guns.

Goodness. I'm not sure I like

the idea of a next time.


We always knew there was a risk

the Guardia would be tipped off.


This is my life, you know that.

And it's infinitely more exciting

than tripping around on your toes

with Nancy boys. Admit it.

Oh, God, I must pack, for the tour.

Tell me about it.

The land in Panama.

It's on the coast.

When we build the house, you'll be able to

walk to the cove from the bottom of the garden.

Green everywhere.

We'll breed cattle -

Argentinean stock.

A simple building, no stairs.

Cool inside, from the heat.

Tiled floors.

No more class...

No class, no performance,

just the two of us.

One day, my love.

I must telephone Harmodio.

Nunez could be the weak link,

now I think about it.

There has been a coup of sorts.

Tito...was it Moreno? Did he manage

to get through to the Colombians?

At Covent Garden. Nobody told you?

Madam, Mummy and I were wondering...

Cadburys are keen on doing these for Christmas,

what do you think? Are they? I don't know...

How's the dreaded foot? Going to survive

Australia? Of course! But Mummy and I were...

Margot and I were wondering

about her becoming...

Yes, what is it, dear?

Well, it was in the press.

"Dame Margot Fonteyn has become a

guest artist with the Royal Ballet."

It was in The Times. Yes, lovely.

Perhaps it would have been nice to have been

consulted. After all she's done for the company.

You were off in Panama, darling.


The Board and I just thought

it was fairer all round.

To the audiences, you see.

They can't expect to see you

as a regular prima, can they?

Not with you dotting around the world gracing

so many other companies with your presence.

Quite right, too. Flies the flag

for the Royal Ballet, after all.

I see. Splendid! Oh, Lord, yes,

I see exactly what you mean.

Couldn't you just get rid of this?

Make it a bit less Ali Baba?


That's so much nicer

than the toffees, look.

They gave you that awful squint.

I have to get to the airport.

Prima ballerina to guest artist.

What am I honestly supposed to think?

I think you're supposed

to thank us for the promotion.

Darling, you are the bedrock

of the company, you know that.

Aw, little Peggy Hookham's

pats of butter.

Oh, God, this takes me back

to the old days.

Coppelia in Wigan.

Mind you, the weather's better.

Have you seen the digs yet? No.

Not yet. Morning, all!


Anyway, it frees you up,

doesn't it?

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Amanda Coe

Amanda Coe (born 1965) is an English screenwriter and novelist. Coe was born in Yorkshire in 1965. She gained an MA in English from Oxford University.Filth: The Mary Whitehouse Story (2008) was Coe's version of the battle between the 'Clean Up' TV campaigner Mary Whitehouse and Hugh Greene, then Director General of the BBC. She won a BAFTA in 2013 for the BBC Four television adaptation of John Braine's Room at the Top. She also wrote the Channel 4 series As If, the BBC 4 feature Margot, and episodes of Shameless, among other credits . Coe has published two novels, the latest, Getting Colder, was published in November 2014 by Hachett UK. Her first novel, What They Do in the Dark, was published in 2011 by Virago. Both novels deal with the messy balance of public and private lives, taking deep looks into families as they deal with life-changing events.She is the screenwriter for BBC's 2015 three-part series on the Bloomsbury Set, Life in Squares, a biopic about the influential group of artists including Virginia Woolf. The series has received positive reviews for risk-taking approach to a period drama.Coe says her writing often has comic tones and frequently explores issues of class. Childhood is also a common theme in both her novels and screenwriting. In addition to her original work as a writer, she serves as a screenwriting associate at the National Film and Television School.She lives in London with her husband and two children. more…

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