Golden Oldies

Golden Oldies


Doris is 84 and lives alone. Stooped but vital, she hurtles around her home town of Clacton, shopping trolley in tow: “One doesn’t give up, does one?” she says when asked about getting old. Doris, Francis (72) and Kitty (84) are the stars of Nick Poyntz’s tender film about old age. The trio live in varying states of fierce independence and isolation. Francis has no bath or kitchen in his house but refuses to go into a care home. Doris won’t let anyone into her bungalow in case they attempt to lavish her with “care and attention I don’t wish to have”, while Kitty won’t sit in a wheelchair on a pilgrimage to Lourdes (“People come here to die”).


Three pensioners pass on their astute and humorous thoughts on ageing, offering an affectionate insight into old age in the 21st century. Doris is 84 and will not let a living soul - including the film-maker - inside her Clacton home for fear that social services will force her to leave. Feisty Kitty, also 84, shows off her Kate Moss-inspired lingerie collection. But there is also a more poignant side to her story - she is a poorly woman and dreams of one day finding a miracle cure. Frank, meanwhile, has been all alone ever since his family emigrated and he has lost the will to carry on - but not his intelligence or his tragic humour.