Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins
Film run time: 1h 50min
When fellow writers Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West meet, an intoxicating love-affair begins that threatens to ruin both their careers and social standings in this sumptuous period drama.
Written by Dame Eileen Atkins and based on the actual love letters shared between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West, director Chanya Button’s exquisitely shot film is set during the socially turbulent 1920s. A rising faction of Bohemian socialites known as the Bloomsbury Set was starting to question the conventions and societal norms of the time.
Vita (Gemma Arterton - displaying an upper-class English accent so clipped it could cut diamonds) was no stay-at-home wife letting the men have all the fun. She was a prolific novelist, journalist and garden designer in her own right and shared an open marriage with her husband Sir Harold Nicholson (Rupert Penry Jones). Before ever meeting Virginia (rising star Elizabeth Debicki, luminous in both last year’s Widows and TV smash hit The Night Manager) Vita had been a fan of her writing. But it was to prove to be Vita that acted as muse, becoming the inspiration for Orlando, one of Woolf’s most enduring creations.
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