The novel, first published in 1952 under a pseudonym, dared to suggest a happy ending for the lovers at the heart of the tale, rather than the doom usually served up at the time to homosexual women in fiction.
Lesbian romances remain thin on the ground in mainstream cinema, but the film's producer Elizabeth Karlsen said: "We've come a long way since Dirk Bogarde starred in Victim. We've had Brokeback Mountain, A Single Man, Far From Heaven – and President Obama came out in support of gay marriage."
Blanchett, who has recently been starring in Botho Strauss's play Big and Small at the Barbican theatre in London, »
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