September 2 2014

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Brits Do It Better


“The British, I think they just have a better sense of humor,” Dree Hemingway said last night at the after-party for English director Stephen Frears’ new film Tamara Drewe at the Crosby Street Hotel. She’d spent the rainy evening taking in a Cinema Society and Altoids-hosted screening and got a kick out of the dark comedy, which is adapted from the graphic novel by Posy Simmonds. The dreary, perfect movie-watching weather brought her good company: Frears alum Glenn Close (who starred in the director’s award-winning Dangerous Liaisons), Matthew Broderick, and Dominic Cooper among them. Gemma Arterton (left), the film’s star and also on hand, laid claim to the moody drizzle. “I always bring the weather with me and I came from London,” the actress confessed.

While there weren’t any debonair spies for the former Bond girl this time around, Arterton’s character—a feisty journalist with a nose job—does spend the film wreaking havoc in the English countryside. It was shot on location, which makes it a homecoming, of sorts, for the actress. “I used to go to Somerset, which is the county next door, and it’s my favorite part of England. It’s most beautiful in fall,” she said. “Luckily, I’ve worked there twice already—see, I’m meant to be there!”

Photo: Jim Spellman / WireImage

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