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The Invisible Woman -- At the height of his career, Charles Dickens meets a younger woman who becomes his secret lover until his death.
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Felicity Jones ... Nelly

John Kavanagh ... Rev. William Benham
Tom Attwood ... Mr. Lambourne
Susanna Hislop ... Mary

Tom Burke ... Mr. George Wharton Robinson
Tommy Curson-Smith ... Geoffrey
David Collings ... Governor

Michael Marcus ... Charley Dickens

Kristin Scott Thomas ... Mrs. Frances Ternan

Perdita Weeks ... Maria Ternan

Ralph Fiennes ... Charles Dickens
Richard McCabe ... Mr. Mark Lemon

Gabriel Vick ... Mr. Berger

Mark Dexter ... Mr. Augustus Egg
Joseph Paxton ... Mr. Pigott
Sophie Russell ... Miss Ellen Sabine

Christos Lawton ... Mr. Evans
Gwendolen Chatfield ... Marney Dickens

Charissa Shearer ... Katey Dickens
Amber Batty ... Georgina Hogarth
Jeremy Assouly ... Francis Dickens
Declan Walker ... Alfred Dickens
John Joe Bitcliffe ... Sydney Dickens
Harry Harmon ... Henry Dickens

Joseph Harmon ... Edward 'Plorn' Dickens

Joanna Scanlan ... Catherine Dickens

Tom Hollander ... Wilkie Collins

Amanda Hale ... Fanny Ternan
Daphne Neville ... Victorian Lady
Jonathan Jaynes ... Racegoer

Michael Hadley ... Sir Peter
Tony Wood ... Heckler
Geoffrey Freshwater ... Sir Oliver / Mr. Buckstone

Jonathan Harden ... Charles / Mr. Arnott

Charlotte Hope ... Young Prostitute
Tahirah Sharif ... Ternan Maid

Michelle Fairley ... Caroline Graves
Ophelia Standen ... Harriet Graves
James Traherne ... Policeman
Daniel André Pageon ... Elderly Frenchman (as Daniel Pageon)
Odile Gash ... Elderly Frenchwoman
Philippe Smolikowski ... French Doctor
Assiba Abes ... French Midwife

Grahame Fox ... Station Guard

Steve Morphew ... Ticket Collector

Laurence Spellman ... Train Porter
Sally Leonard ... 1st Young Lady
Tallulah Harlech ... 2nd Young Lady
Ethan Andrews ... Jean Marie (Margate Schoolboy)
Sebastian Coates ... Jean Baptiste (Margate Schoolboy)
Harry Crichton-Miller ... Jean Paul (Margate Schoolboy)
Jack Curtin ... Obenreizer (Margate Schoolboy)
Jacob Greenhouse ... Landlord
Ethan Radus ... Vendale
Henry Davidson ... Musician
Jorrit Donner-Wittkopf ... Musician
Euan McGregor ... Musician
Giacomo Mallucci Harper ... Musician
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Lasco Atkins ... Mr. Telbin (uncredited)

Christopher Jenner Cole ... Painter (uncredited)
Hannah Cooper-Dean ... Evening Lady (uncredited)

Claire Daly ... Mrs. Lambourne (uncredited)
Gemma Garvin ... (uncredited)
Caroline Kilpatrick ... Lady Teazle (uncredited)
James Littlewood ... Dickens's Servant (uncredited)
Stuart Matthews ... Theatre Audience Member (uncredited)

James Michael Rankin ... Evening Man (uncredited)

John Warman ... Stage Hand (uncredited)

Directed by
Ralph Fiennes 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Abi Morgan  screenplay
Claire Tomalin  book

Produced by
Maya Amsellem .... executive producer
Christian Baute .... producer
Carolyn Marks Blackwood .... producer
Sharon Harel .... executive producer
Stewart Mackinnon .... producer
Eve Schoukroun .... executive producer
Andrew Semans .... assistant producer: Magnolia Mae Films
Gabrielle Tana .... producer
Stephan Trockle .... assistant producer
Kevan Van Thompson .... co-producer
Original Music by
Ilan Eshkeri 
Cinematography by
Rob Hardy 
Film Editing by
Nicolas Gaster 
Casting by
Leo Davis 
Production Design by
Maria Djurkovic 
Art Direction by
Nick Dent (supervising art director)
Sarah Stuart 
Set Decoration by
Tatiana Macdonald 
Costume Design by
Michael O'Connor 
Makeup Department
Zoe Brown .... hair and makeup artist
Hannah Edwards .... hair and makeup artist
Nicola Mount .... hair stylist
Lesley Noble .... crowd hair and makeup artist
Jane Oginsky .... makeup trainee
Marc Pilcher .... hair and makeup artist
Laura Pollock .... junior makeup assistant
Natalie Reid .... hair coordinator: crowd
Natalie Reid .... makeup coordinator: crowd
Alex Rouse .... wig maker
Jenny Shircore .... makeup & hair designer
Sam Smart .... hair stylist
Laura Solari .... hair and makeup artist
Karen Teitge .... crowd makeup and hair
Sarah Weatherburn .... facial hair maker (uncredited)
Production Management
Meg Clark .... post-production supervisor
Brian Donovan .... unit production manager: additional photography
Polly Hope .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mark Cockren .... crowd third assistant director
Sekani Doram .... assistant director: dailies
Toby Hosking .... first assistant director: additional photography
Ben Howard .... second assistant director
Candy Marlowe .... crowd second assistant director
Josh Robertson .... first assistant director
Art Department
Dominic Ackland-Snow .... construction manager
Nicky Ackland-Snow .... construction coordinator
Huw Arthur .... stand-by art director
Marc Beros .... hod scenic painter
Annie Bishop .... graphics assistant
Graham Caulfield .... drapesmaster
Temple Clark .... storyboard artist (concept artist)
Ian Cooper .... chargehand dressing props
Peter Dibden .... stand-by props
James Enright .... props
Peter Hallam .... property master
Rohan Harris .... scenic artist
Lisa Heathcote .... home economist
Peter Hooper .... supervising greensman
Jon Marson .... key greensman
Caroline Pool .... junior draughtsman
Tyrone Reed .... stagehand
Marco Anton Restivo .... assistant art director
Terry Royce .... stand-by props
Jamie Shelley .... painter
Mark Sindall .... standby props
Julian Walker .... decor and lettering artist
Stuart Walpole .... props daily
Krysia Whitty .... set dec assistant
Rebecca Wood .... props
Sound Department
Peter Burgis .... foley artist
Matthew Collinge .... sound re-recording mixer: Supervising Sound Editor
Paul Cotterell .... sound re-recording mixer
Sebastian Dale .... assistant dialogue editor
Glen Gathard .... foley mixer
Peter Hanson .... sound editor
James Hyde .... adr recordist
Peter Lindsay .... production sound mixer
Tushar Manek .... mix assistant
Kate Morath .... boom operator
Rob Prynne .... foley editor
Barnaby Smyth .... foley artist
Andy Stallabrass .... adr mixer
Michael Lee Taylor .... sound assistant
Oskar von Unge .... adr recordist
Robert Karlsson .... dolby sound consultant (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Edward Draycott .... special effects technician
Peter Haran .... senior special effects technician
Jason Troughton .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Jonathan Alenskas .... visual effects artist
Michael Allen .... paint/prep artist
Jaume Arteman .... senior digital compositor: Molinare VFX
Chris Bentley .... titles coordinator
Lizzie Bentley .... matte painting
Sule Bryan .... digital compositor
Hélène Bécourt .... visual effects coordinator
Vincent Goodsell .... digital compositor
Katie Goodwin .... visual effects editor: Molinare
Meg Guidon .... visual effects producer
Simon Kilroe .... visual effects artist
Leila Nicotera .... visual effects coordinator: One of Us
Paul Norris .... visual effects supervisor
Abigail Scollay .... digital compositor: One Of Us
Asa Shoul .... digital colourist
Nishanth Shrinivasa .... visual effects artist
Victor Tomi .... roto/paint artist
Shanaullah Umerji .... visual effects producer
Howard Watkins .... head of design: titles
George Zwier .... on set visual effects supervisor
Rowley Irlam .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
David Appleby .... still photographer
Paul Brewster .... best boy
Alex Collings .... camera trainee
Adam Dorney .... second assistant camera
Harry Elvin .... crane/remote head technician
Steve Fitzpatrick .... pre-rigger
Charlie Gray .... behind the scenes photographer
Victoria Hanna .... central loader
Nick Kenealy .... video assist operator
Stephanie Kennedy .... video assist operator
Chris Knoll .... electrician
Dan Lowe .... rigging gaffer
Nick Mitchell .... electrician
Jennie Paddon .... first assistant camera
Julian Perrin .... electrician
Sam Phillips .... key grip
Dave Sherman .... electrician
Aimee Spinks .... assistant photographer
Tom Stansfield .... grip trainee
Alan Stewart .... additional photography
Josefine Thieme .... camera trainee: dailies
Thomas Thomas .... electrical chargehand
Roger Tooley .... steadicam operator
Kieran Waites .... electrician
Julian White .... gaffer
Ian Speed .... libra technician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Vanessa Baker .... voice casting
Rosalind Drury .... extras casting
Candy Marlowe .... additional casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jennifer Alford .... costume cutter
Stella Atkinson .... costume maker trainee
Graham Docherty .... costume dailies
Nicola Foy .... costume maker
Georgina Gunner .... costume supervisor
Imogen Hose .... costumer
Sam Keyte .... costume maker
Catherine Lovett .... costume assistant
Maja Meschede .... assistant costume designer
Kathryn Mysko Von Schultze .... costume maker
Hayley Nebauer .... costume maker
Lisa Robinson .... costume maker
Sunita Singh .... costume assistant
John Usher .... costumer
Cecile Van Dijk .... costumer
Wyn Vaughan-Humphreys .... principal standby
Wyn Vaughan-Humphreys .... set costumer
Emma Walker .... textile artist
Chan Chi Wan .... costume maker
Editorial Department
Mike Andrews .... digital film technician
Michelle Cort .... digital intermediate conform editor
Theresa Crooks .... digital intermediate conform editor
Tim Drewett .... digital intermediate conform editor
Jahanzeb Hayat .... rushes coordinator
Andrew Jadavji .... first assistant editor
Matt James .... digital intermediate manager
Lisa Jordan .... senior post producer: LipSync Post
Steve Knight .... digital intermediate coordinator
Steve O'Leary .... colorist/rushes
Steve Owen .... data transfer
Gareth Parry .... on-line editor
Katie Shahrokh .... post production manager
Tom Sugden .... digital intermediate conform editor
Jamie Welsh .... digital intermediate conform editor
Katelin Westwood .... data transfer
Music Department
Josine Cohen .... music coordinator
Jessica Dannheisser .... orchestrator
Stephen McLaughlin .... music producer
Paul Saunderson .... music programming
Transportation Department
Jim Adams .... unit driver
Tony Molyneux .... unit driver
Jason Mortlock .... driver: Mr Fiennes
David Rosenbaum .... driver: cast
David Rosenbaum .... transportation captain
Dave Williams .... facilities account manager
Other crew
Laura Anderson .... accounts assistant
Laura Anderson .... accounts trainee
Daisy Baldry .... production assistant
Jacqui Barr .... marketing executive
Donna Casey .... first assistant accountant
David Davoli .... additional legal counsel
Daryl Francis .... unit medic
Sam Gordon .... assistant to producer
Olivia Grant .... production assistant
Linda Gregory .... production accountant
Julia Hall .... senior designer: titles
Michael Harm .... location manager
Iona Harris .... director's assistant
Annie Hitchcock .... set production assistant
Cat Ho .... location assistant
Lucy Howell .... assistant accountant
Tobin Hughes .... unit manager
Jack Ivins .... additional set pa
Francesca Jaynes .... choreographer
Mercy Liao .... sales executive: for WestEnd Films
Ryan Locke .... head of security
Shazia Majeed .... unit nurse
Emma Mallett .... production coordinator
Cristina Manlises .... production assistant
Michela Marini .... key set production assistant
Tim Maw .... location manager
Alex Molden .... assistant production coordinator
Umberto Schramm .... location runner: dailies
Katie Shahrokh .... post-production manager
Asha Sharma .... unit location manager
Joan Washington .... dialogue coach
Annabel Wigoder .... development executive
Simon Beresford .... the producers wish to thank
Eddie Dias .... thanks
Rob Garvie .... thanks

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Rated R for some sexual content
111 min
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Did You Know?

Ralph Fiennes and Felicity Jones, who play lovers in this movie, also worked together in Cemetery Junction (2010), in which they played father and daughter. In a 2013 interview with Jones and Fiennes on NPR, Jones said that it was "weird" and "very Freudian" to go from playing one relationship to the other, but Fiennes disagreed, saying "It's just a job. Come on."See more »
Anachronisms: When collecting cash for the hospital, there is an 1895 Crown coin on the plate. Charles Dickens died in 1870.See more »
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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Fiennes impresses more as an actor than as a director, 7 March 2014
Author: James Hitchcock from Tunbridge Wells, England

There was a film called "The Invisible Woman", a sequel to "The Invisible Man", from 1940, but there is no connection between that film and the 2013 version. This film is not science fiction but the story of the love affair between Charles Dickens and his mistress Nelly Ternan. Nelly is "invisible" in the sense that Dickens, worried about the possible effect on sales of his books, is forced to keep her existence a secret, even though it is common knowledge that he and his wife Catherine have separated. Intercut with the main action are scenes showing Nelly's later life in the 1880s, more than a decade after Dickens's death, as the wife of a man named George Wharton Robinson.

I had previously always thought of Nelly as a gold-digging bimbo, a talentless actress who used her good looks to snare a famous, wealthy older man and lure him away from his wife. That is not, however, how she is portrayed in this film. It is, in fact, Dickens who comes off badly. As played by Ralph Fiennes (who also directed) he comes across as a jovial, fun-loving party animal, revelling in his fame and celebrity, but also deeply selfish, not only in the way he treats Catherine but also in the way he treats Nelly. Nelly herself, by contrast is portrayed as a rather serious young woman, who in many ways shares conventional Victorian attitudes towards sex. She is, for example, shocked to discover that Wilkie Collins, Dickens's friend and fellow novelist, lives quite openly with a woman to whom he is not married. She is in love with Dickens, but is distressed by her ambiguous status and by the fact that their relationship cannot be acknowledged. She is shown giving birth to a stillborn son in France, a detail which clearly betrays the film's origins in Claire Tomalin's controversial biography. I should perhaps point out that not all Dickens scholars are convinced by Ms Tomalin's thesis that Nelly bore his child. (Indeed, some even insist that their relationship was platonic). The fact that the issue is still so shrouded in mystery and controversy, however, does indicate just what lengths he went to in order to protect his privacy.

The Nelly of this film is therefore a complex character, far more than a mere Victorian bimbo, and it is a tribute to the talents of the lovely Felicity Jones, an actress I was not previously familiar with, that she emerges as someone both likable and entirely credible. Fiennes is also good as Dickens, a man uneasily aware that in leaving his wife for another woman he is betraying the family values he once so assiduously championed. (He even called the magazine he edited "Household Words"). Other good contributions come from Kristin Scott Thomas as Nelly's mother and Joanna Scanlan as Mrs Dickens. Although Catherine was the "innocent party" in the breakdown of her marriage, it is all too clear from Scanlan's interpretation just why Dickens felt unable to live with this dull, frumpy woman.

Fiennes the actor is fine, but I was less taken with Fiennes the director. The pace of the film can be excessively slow and the switches between the chronologically earlier scenes, taking place in the late 1850s or 1860s, and the later ones, taking place in the 1880s, were too abrupt and made the story difficult at times to follow. It didn't help that Felicity Jones (aged about 30) looks much the same age in the later scenes (when Nelly would have been in her forties) as she does in the early ones (when she would have been in her teens or twenties). Felicity does have a different hairstyle in the later scenes, but the purpose of this seems to have been to mark the changes in fashion between the 1860s and the 1880s, not to make her look older.

Another thing that surprised me was that the film did not deal directly with Dickens's death or with the immediate impact this had on Nelly's life. It struck me that this was one time when Nelly's status as the "invisible woman" worked in her favour; had she been openly acknowledged as Dickens's mistress she would, given the often hypocritical attitudes of the Victorians towards extra-marital sex, have found it very difficult to make a respectable marriage after the sudden, unexpected death of her protector while he was still in his fifties. (She might have found this difficult even if Dickens had obtained a divorce and made her his second wife). Possibly, however, the scriptwriters avoided any speculation of this nature because it would not have fitted in well with their view of Nelly as the innocent victim of her lover's selfishness.

The film is made in the best British "heritage cinema" style and will doubtless find favour with many fans of that style of film-making. I was, however, in some ways disappointed with it, feeling that its structure could have been clearer and that it could have dealt with this aspect of Charles Dickens's life in greater depth. 7/10

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