That Summer (PG)

Tuesday 19 June 2018 to Wednesday 20 June 2018

That Summer (PG)

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  • Director Goran Hugo Olsson
  • Origin USA
  • Year 2017
  • Duration 80 minutes

Fans of the Mayles brothers' cinema classic 1975 documentary Grey Gardens will adore That Summer. Effectively a prequel of sorts, it too documents life inside the famously dilapidated East Hampton estate inhabited by idiosyncratic mother-daughter duo Big and Little Edie.

Goran Hugo Olsson's (The Black Power Mixtape) doc brings socialite Lee Radziwill, Big and Little Edie's aunt and cousin respectively, a calm, elegant presence as a perfect foil to the insanely charismatic Edies. The house itself is the same recognisably chaotic ecosystem (visited by raccoons and festooned with cats - one with "the same exact profile as Teddy Kennedy", muses Little Edie), but this doc is arguably gentler and more nostalgic; with Radziwill exploring the family's history and photographer Peter Beard recalling the Edies' charm and the conversations they shared over the course of that summer.