An older woman dressed in a fur coat and wearing a shawl stands in front of a dilapidated house surrounded by weeds.

About Grey Gardens

Meet Big and Little Edie Beale: mother and daughter, high-society dropouts and reclusive cousins of Jackie Onassis. The two manage to thrive together amid the decay and disorder of their New York mansion, making for an eerily ramshackle echo of the American Camelot.

An impossibly intimate portrait of a complex and often brutal mother-daughter relationship, this 1976 documentary (co-directed by Ellen Hovde and Muffie Meyer) quickly became a cult classic and established Little Edie as a fashion icon and philosopher queen.

The screening will be preceded by a live onstage introduction from Dr Sabina Stent.

Screening as part of the Bad Mums: Motherhood In Cinema season to accompany the touring exhibition Acts Of Creation: On Art and Motherhood.

Booking info

Duration includes trailers, adverts and any Q&A/panel. For events such as NT Live, Colour Box and Reel & Meal there will be minimal advertising. We do not admit latecomers after the main feature has started and we have a limited food & drink policy.

MAC’s cinema programme has been generously supported by BFI Film Audience Network and Film Hub Midlands.

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