‘Their legacy ends with your movie’: The eternal strangeness of the posthumous film

When the actor Kelly Preston told the West End super-producer Bill Kenwright that she wanted to star in a new movie he was putting together, she had one stipulation. She was sick, she told him, and wouldn’t be healthy enough for the film to qualify for its normal kind of insurance. “She said, ‘I’m going to get better, but I can’t have a big medical,’” Kenwright remembers. Her breast cancer, which she had been privately fighting for a year at that point, also meant the film would likely not receive a “completion bond”, or the standard guarantee that it

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