Stephen Poliakoff is one of Britain's pre-eminent auteurs who has produced a prodigious body of work including Gideon's Daughter, The Lost Prince and Shooting the Past. In this exhilarating new film he has created a story that is by turns funny, sensual and deeply moving and in which Michael Gambon gives one of his greatest ever performances. Joe's Palace takes place in the exquisite but empty house of reclusive billionaire Elliot Graham (Michael Gambon) - who lives a lonely life across the road. When Joe (Danny Lee Wynter), the naive son of the cleaner takes the job as the vacant house's doorkeeper, he and Elliot strike up a fledgling friendship. Soon Joe is given the run of the house, exploring its many rooms and secrets, and providing a convenient refuge for a cabinet minister (Rupert Penry Jones) and his beautiful mistress (Kelly Reilly) to conduct a clandestine and passionate love affair. Elliot however is increasingly paralysed by his suspicions of the origin of his inherited wealth and when the secret is finally revealed, it is Joe who accompanies the billionaire on his disturbing and devastating journey.