Tea with a View - 7 October 2017

As part of the celebrations for the 30th anniversary of the Merchant Ivory production “Room with a View”, the British Institute of Florence hosted James Ivory, Helena Bonham Carter, Julian Sands, Rupert Graves and other members of the cast and crew for a Tea with a View in the Harold Acton Library.

Guests were taken back to 1908, the year in which the novel by E M Forster is set, with an Edwardian tea, music from the film and a conversation between the Director, cast, costume designers and casting director, brokered by the owner of “Windy Corner”, the UK setting in the film.

 

Maestro James Ivory arrives at the Library and is welcomed by our Director Julia Race

Maestro James Ivory arrives at the Library and is welcomed by our Director Julia Race

 

An Edwardian Tea was specially prepared to commemorate the 30th anniversary of “Room with a View”

 

Julian Sands rehearses before the beginning of the event

 

Helena Bonham Carter kindly signs a personal copy of a Baedeker

Our teacher and pianist Peter Dulborough plays music from the movie to welcome our guests

The conversation with Maestro Ivory begins: Rupert Graves, Julian Sands, Helena Bonham Carter, Celestia Fox, John Bright and Jenny Beavan are moderated by John Pym

The tea is served and enjoyed

 

Photos by Simone Olivari @simoneolivari