Watch the full interview with Angela Lansbury, recorded earlier this year.

Angela Lansbury Film Festival 2014 - Q&A

To celebrate Dame Angela’s 89th birthday, here’s the hour long interview with her by Sir Christopher Frayling, former Chairman of the Arts Council and Governor of the BFI – filmed in Spotlight as part of the Angela Lansbury Film Festival.

What happened at the event

Dame Angela Lansbury, star of Murder She Wrote and over 50 films, returned to the place she grew up and we celebrated her career!

We screened four films at Spotlight, outside Langdon Park DLR and Dame Angela introduced a FREE family screening of Bedknobs and Broomsticks in Chrisp Street Market, E14; followed by Nanny McPhee.

The Angela Lansbury Film Festival was presented in association with Poplar HARCA.


The 6 films were hand-picked by Dame Angela and showcase some of the high points of her extraordinary 70-year career.

A corrupt young man somehow keeps his youthful beauty, but a special painting gradually reveals his inner ugliness to all.

Director: Albert Lewin
Also starring: George Sanders, Hurd Hatfield, Donna Reed
The Picture of Dorian Gray

1945, PG, Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Saturday 5 April, 1pm 

Jane Marple solves the mystery when a local woman is poisoned and a visiting movie star seems to have been the intended victim.

Director: Guy Hamilton
Also starring: Tony Curtis, Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor
The Mirror Crack'd

1980, PG, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Saturday 5 April, 5pm 

Years after her aunt was murdered in her home, a young woman moves back into the house with her new husband who will do anything to protect his secret even if that means driving his wife insane.

Director: George Cukor
Also starring: Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten

1944, PG, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Saturday 5 April, 7pm 

An apprentice witch, three kids and a cynical conman search for the missing component to a magic spell useful to the defence of Britain.

Director: Robert Stevenson
Also starring: David Tomlinson, Roddy McDowall
Bedknobs and Broomsticks

1962, U, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Sunday 6 April, 12.30pm 

A former Korean War POW is brainwashed by Communists into becoming a political assassin. But another former prisoner may know how to save him.

Director: John Frankenheimer
Also starring: Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh
The Manchurian Candidate

plus Dame Angela interview by Sir Chris Frayling
1962, 15, Mystery, Thriller
Sunday 6 April, 2.30pm 

A governess uses magic to rein in the behavior of seven ne'er-do-well children in her charge.

Director: Kirk Jones
Also starring: Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Kelly Macdonald
Nanny McPhee

2005, PG, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Sunday 6 April, 3pm 

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Angela Lansbury

Dame Angela was born in London and grew up in Poplar.

Her grandfather, George Lansbury, was MP for Bow & Bromley and led the Labour Party from 1932-1935. He spent his political life campaigning for social justice, women’s rights and world disarmament.

The Lansbury Estate in Poplar is named after him and a memorial was recently unveiled to him in Rocky Park.

The Lansbury Estate was built as part of the 1951 Festival of Britain, on a site badly damaged by bombing during the Second World War. Chrisp Street Market was built as part of the ‘living architecture’ element of the Festival and was the first pedestrianised shopping centre of its kind.