ANNIE A ROYAL ADVENTURE
JOAN COLLINS as Lady Edwina Hogbottom
GEORGE HEARN as Oliver Warbucks
ASHLEY JOHNSON as Annie
IAN MC DIARMMUID as Dr Eli Hon
EMILY ANN LLOYD as Hannah
CAMILLA BELLE as Molly
CRISPIN BONHAM CARTER as Rupert Hogbottom
PERRY BENSON as Murphy
ANTONY ZAKI as Punjab
CAROL CLEVELAND as Miss Hannigan
|JOAN WITH ASHLEY JOHNSON AND GEORGE HEARN|
Art Director - Colin Thurston
Music by David Michael Frank
Teleplay by Trish Soodik
Edited by James Galloway
Produced by Wendy Dytmart / Ruth Slawson
Directed by Ian Toynton
(c)1995 Columbia Tristar 92mins Reg 1/2 Columbia/Sony Dvd
This non-musical sequel to the smash hit 80's film 'Annie', was made for American television, but did good business on video and dvd. Joan is in her element here as the snooty yet totally dotty Lady Edwina Hogbottom, who is convinced she should be the Queen of England! The film was set to be called 'Sir Daddy' but was retitled 'Annie A Royal Adventure', which sounded more regal! Joan looking sensational in the film as she gets to wear a variety of over the top fifties costumes, as the film is set at that time. Joan recalled shooting the film which was during one of the hotter Bristish summers.
"We were shooting during the heatwave in July and August so it was extremely uncomfortable wearing those wintry fifties clothes. Lady Edwina is like a cross between Cruella De Ville and the sheriff Alan Rickman plays in 'Robin Hood'. She is very wicked indeed and is plotting to blow up Buckingham Palace.. Edwina Hogbottom is totally over the top and I haven't had so much fun playing a character for years! I have played weaker characters in the past, but generally casting directors and producers tend to see me in more forceful roles.
I also think the audience would find it very difficult to accept me as a victim. I think strong-willed people are far more interesting than weak-willed ones!
Filmed on location in Oxfordshire and in and around London, the film is good old fashioned family entertainment.