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Stannah stairlifts lands supporting role in Hoffman’s directorial debut

Stannah Stairlifts is reaching for the stars this winter as it gets its big screen break in Quartet – the first film to be directed by Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman.

The bespoke Starla chair with dark wood trim and green upholstery will be used as a key prop for one of the main characters in the film, Wilf, played by Scottish actor Billy Connolly.

The comedy, which was filmed on location at Hedsor House in Taplow, Buckinghamshire, with a stellar cast including Maggie Smith and Michael Gambon, tells the story of a once world-famous quartet. Now living in a care home, the quartet is reunited for a one-off concert, which brings to the surface secrets from their glorious past.

Patrick Stannah, joint managing director, Stannah Lift Services, said: “As a British heritage brand, we are delighted to have been chosen as the stairlift provider in Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut, Quartet.  The film’s storyline, which illustrates how it is never too late to enjoy life, resonates strongly with Stannah.”

Stannah installed the stairlift on the grand staircase of Hedsor House and it can be seen in its full glory during a scene when Billy Connolly’s character rides down to talk with Dr Coggan, played by Sheridan Smith, in the lobby area.

Quartet will have its UK premiere at the London Film Festival on 15th October and will be released in the UK on 1st January 2013.