Shane Danielsen is a screenwriter and former artistic director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
In Supernova, Sam and Tusker are a couple taking a road trip through England’s Lake District in their beloved campervan. Sam is a concert pianist (though semi-retired, for reasons that later become clear) and Tusker a novelist. As played, respectively, by Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci, real-life friends for more than two decades, they’re affectionate, familiar; the film opens with the two of them lying together in bed, fast asleep, and the relaxed closeness of their embrace suggests long years of easy, unforced intimacy.
But Tusker’s new book is not going well, and what appears at first to be a case of writer’s block is soon revealed to be something much more serious: he’s been diagnosed with early-onset dementia. Sam, meanwhile, has made the decision – unilaterally, it seems – to put his own career on hold in order to look after his ailing partner.
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