A QUIET PASSION 31.05.19 (12A)

NOTE: THIS AND ALL FUTURE SCREENINGS WILL BE AT THE BEACON ARTS VILLAGE, THE OLD TOWN HALL, ONE, THE QUADRANT, HOYLAKE CH47 2EE

DOORS OPEN 6.30pm. BAR AND FOOD AVAILABLE FROM 6.30 – 11.30 pm. FILM STARTS 7.30pm.

Year: 2016
Country: UK
Directed by: Terence Davies

Cast:
Cynthia Nixon (Emily Dickinson)
Emma Bell (Young Emily Dickinson)
Jennifer Ehle (Lavinia “Vinnie” Dickinson)
Rose Williams  (Young Vinnie Dickinson)
Duncan Duff  (Austin Dickinson)
Benjamin Wainwright (Young Austin Dickinson)
Joanna Bacon (Emily Norcross Dickinson)
Keith Carradine (Edward Dickinson)
Jodhi May (Susan Gilbert Dickinson)

In this beautifully shot Terence Davies film we are treated to extraordinary performances from Cynthia Nixon (as reclusive American poet Emily Dickinson) and her co-stars Emma Bell and Jennifer Ehle (as the young free-thinking Emily and her sister Lavinia Dickinson respectively).

Produced by Liverpool-based Hurricane Films, the film has been highly praised internationally by critics, and repeatedly described as a ‘masterpiece’, with Andrew Pulver writing in The Guardian: “After a long period in the wilderness, A Quiet Passion is Davies’ third feature since his comeback documentary Of Time and the City, following the Terence Rattigan adaptation The Deep Blue Sea, and then Sunset Song. We should be relieved that there’s no diminution of powers: rather, the opposite, in that Davies appears to be getting better every time.”

Set against a background of the stifling conventions of the time, Emily Dickinson’s poetic social commentary and biting wit, are a treat to watch.

But balancing moments of taut, claustrophobic drama reveal her deep vulnerability and underlying frustration amid a growing emotional isolation, despite the support of her loving family.

126 mins. Cert 12A

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