Vita and Virginia 

classified 12A
Film

Please note: This was screened in July 2019

Director
Chanya Button
Cast
Gemma Arterton, Elizabeth Debicki, Isabella Rossellini
Details
110 mins, 2018, Ireland | UK
Primary language
English

The legendary literary love affair (between trailblazing author Virginia Woolf and enigmatic aristocrat Vita Sackville-West) that inspired Orlando is gorgeously brought to life in this exquisite drama.

It's 1922, and though happily married, Vita (Gemma Arterton) is notorious for her romances with women and boundary-pushing attitudes towards gender norms. At one of the Bloomsbury set's epic parties, her path crosses with the gifted writer Virginia Woolf (Elizabeth Debicki), and Vita decides she will be her next conquest - whatever the cost. The ensuing tumultuous relationship leads to the birth of Woolf's bold, experimental novel - Orlando.

A daring celebration of an unconventional bond, and a vivid exploration of gender, sexuality, creativity and passion, Vita and Virginia tells the story of two women who smashed through social barriers to find solace in their forbidden connection. We love Isobel Waller Bridge's partly electronic score, the swoon-worthy cinematography and most of all, the vibrant performances from Arterton and Debicki, who are outstanding as the two lovers.