FEATURE

VITA AND VIRGINIA

TASMANIAN PREMIERE

DIRECTOR: Chanya Button
UK / 2019
LAUNCESTON
FRIDAY 30 APRIL 7.30PM
HOBART
FRIDAY 28 MAY 7.30PM
RUNNING TIME: 110 MINS

It’s as though for years I’ve had an affair with a lover who never belonged to me.

-Virginia Woolf

Billed as a “…fascinating true story about the love affair between socialite and author Vita Sackville-West and literary icon Virginia Woolf,” this film is a serious polariser. It contrasts the strict code-based behaviour of the times (1920s) with the raunchy, licentious world of contemporary authors like Woolf (Elizabeth Debicki) and Sackville-West (Gemma Arterton). It sets the liquid, electronic score by Isobel Waller-Bridge against the prim and proper fashions, behaviours and interiors of between-the-wars consuming classes. And most of all, it highlights the different romantic worlds of inheritance-heavy males and powerful, individual women. As it tracks the relationship between the two women, first on a creative level then into a spiral of passion – the film shows how their affair inspires Woolf’s famous book, the feminist classic, Orlando. With sets and costumes that seduce as much as the protagonists, dialogue drawn from hundreds of original letters and notes, and with a sumptuous filmic style from Carlos De Carvalho, this film offers an almost documentary insight into a fascinating relationship. You will talk about it all the way home.

AWARDS: Nominee, British Independent Film Award

The scene is set for our Roaring 20’s red-carpet opening night in  Hobart, so glam up in your best 20’s outfit and join us for stylish drinks at Pablos Cocktails and Dreams, 101 Harrington Street at 6pm on Friday 28th May. Book online here.

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