With an average age of 86, elderly care home residents across Bristol have paid tribute to the silver screen by recreating iconic movie posters to celebrate the 2023 Oscars.
Residents from Lottie’s partner homes – Lovell Place and Meryton Place – brought Hollywood glamour to Bristol by creating versions of some of the most beloved films of all time, including Rocky, The Sound of Music, Bohemian Rhapsody, and James Bond.
Over the last few weeks, the residents worked alongside the staff at each home to recreate their favourite film posters by carefully selecting costumes, props and pose to match the originals.
In a heart-warming display of three generations coming together, 88-year-old Marina teamed up with her daughter and granddaughter to pose as Charlie’s Angels.
Other residents channelled their inner Freddie Mercury to re-create the Oscar-winning Bohemian Rhapsody poster (85-year-old Jon). At the same time, many chose to recreate older films, including The Godfather (88-year-old Derek) and The Sound of Music (92-year-old Jean).
76-year-old Roger – a keen Bond fan – channelled his inner Sean Connery to become Mr Bond. He loved the activity so much that he also became Rocky Balboa.
Selina Adams, the well-being coordinator at Lovell Place Care Home in Bristol, shared: “All our residents had a fabulous time recreating these iconic film posters. It brought back so many memories of watching these films when they were younger, and it was an absolute pleasure to see them recreate them in their own unique way.”
“We have an on-site cinema in both of our care homes, so each week, we’ve hosted movie nights to lead up to this activity.”
“We spoke to every resident who took part about their experiences growing up with the cinema and what their favourite films meant to them. It was incredible to hear their experiences, with one resident excitedly sharing that she used to sneak into the theatre dressed as her brother to sit with all the boys in her teenage years.”
“Another resident even shared her experience of meeting Hollywood actor Tyrone Power – who appeared in dozens of American films – outside a local theatre, where they shook hands – she refused to wash her hands for a week.”
“The posters will be displayed in each of our homes in Bristol, so we welcome anyone interested in seeing these iconic images,” concluded Selina.
Will Donnelly, co-founder at Later Living Marketplace Lottie – who ran the activity with the residents last week – shared: “Each resident who took part is a shining example of everyone having their creative flair and talents, even in their older years.”
“Age is just a number, and we hope this project will help change negative attitudes towards older people, as they are just as important as everyone else. Every older adult has so much to offer their local community, and it’s important to make society a positive, safe, and accessible space for them to thrive.”
Both homes, part of Hamberley Care Homes, plan to create yearly projects to showcase their residents’ creative talents and challenge the biggest ageism misconceptions one at a time.