5.2/10
526
13 user 25 critic

Vita & Virginia (2018)

Trailer
2:05 | Trailer
It's the fascinating true story about the love affair between socialite and popular author Vita Sackville-West and literary icon Virginia Woolf.

Director:

Chanya Button

Writers:

Eileen Atkins, Virginia Woolf (letters) | 2 more credits »
Reviews
Popularity
2,428 ( 252)

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

In 1950s small town Britain, a doctor develops a relationship with her young patient's mother.

Director: Annabel Jankel
Stars: Billy Boyd, Gregor Selkirk, Anna Paquin
Snapshots (2018)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

When a grandmother's secret past collides with her granddaughter's secret future and her daughter's angry present, can the love of three generations be enough to accept decades of deceit. With a simple roll of film it begins.

Director: Melanie Mayron
Stars: Piper Laurie, Brooke Adams, Emily Baldoni
Animals I (2019)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Based on the novel ANIMALS by Emma Jane Unsworth.

Director: Sophie Hyde
Stars: Holliday Grainger, Alia Shawkat, Fra Fee
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The daughter of a man on death row falls in love with a woman on the opposing side of her family's political cause.

Director: Tali Shalom-Ezer
Stars: Ellen Page, Kate Mara, Amy Seimetz
Rafiki (2018)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

"Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives," but Kena and Ziki long for something more. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety.

Director: Wanuri Kahiu
Stars: Samantha Mugatsia, Neville Misati, Nice Githinji
Wild Rose (2018)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A troubled young Glaswegian woman dreams of becoming a Nashville country star.

Director: Tom Harper
Stars: Jessie Buckley, Matt Costello, Jane Patterson
JT LeRoy (2018)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A young woman named Savannah Knoop spends six years pretending to be the celebrated author JT LeRoy, the made-up literary persona of her sister-in-law.

Director: Justin Kelly
Stars: Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern, Jim Sturgess
Comedy | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A detective fantasy / family drama where a love of words helps a father reconnect with a missing son.

Director: Carl Hunter
Stars: Bill Nighy, Sam Riley, Alice Lowe
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The life of Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally (Master Class, Ragtime): 60 years of groundbreaking plays and musicals, the struggle for LGBT rights, addiction and recovery, finding ... See full summary »

Director: Jeff Kaufman
Stars: F. Murray Abraham, Lynn Ahrens, Jon Robin Baitz
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Classic film star and queer icon Montgomery Clift's legacy has long been a story of tragedy and self-destruction. But when his nephew dives into the family archives, a much more complicated picture emerges.

Directors: Robert Anderson Clift, Hillary Demmon
Stars: Judy Balaban, Patricia Bosworth, Brooks Clift
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In this freewheeling comedy, medical transport driver Vic risks his job to shuttle a group of rowdy seniors and a Russian boxer to a funeral, dragging clients like Tracy, a young woman with ALS, along for the ride.

Director: Kirill Mikhanovsky
Stars: Lauren 'Lolo' Spencer, Chris Galust, Maxim Stoyanov
The Operative (2019)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A woman is recruited by the Mossad to work undercover in Tehran.

Director: Yuval Adler
Stars: Diane Kruger, Martin Freeman, Cas Anvar
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gemma Arterton ... Vita Sackville-West
Elizabeth Debicki ... Virginia Woolf
Isabella Rossellini ... Lady Sackville
Rupert Penry-Jones ... Harold Nicolson
Peter Ferdinando ... Leonard Woolf
Emerald Fennell ... Vanessa Bell
Gethin Anthony ... Clive Bell
Rory Fleck Byrne ... Geoffrey Scott
Karla Crome ... Dorothy Wellesley
Adam Gillen Adam Gillen ... Duncan Grant
Brenock O'Connor ... Julian Bell
Amelie Metcalfe Amelie Metcalfe ... Angelica Bell
Darren Dixon Darren Dixon ... Ben Sackville-West
Sam Hardy ... Nigel Sackville-West
Jane McGrath Jane McGrath ... Nelly
Edit

Storyline

Vita and Virginia is a love story of the affair and the friendship between writer Virginia Woolf "Elizabeth Debicki", and aristocrat Vita Sackville West "Gemma Arterton". In 1922, when Vita receives an invitation their paths crossed in Bloomsbury with Virginia. Their romance overcomes all social boundaries, Virginia's mental health struggles Vita's recklessness and neither will ever be the same without the other. Written by Merve Kurt

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Love Story That Inspired Virginia Woolf's Orlando


Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

Ireland | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 August 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vita & Virginia See more »

Filming Locations:

Ireland See more »

Edit

Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$706,084
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Gethin Anthony (Clive Bell) and Brenock O'Connor (Julian Bell) both previously appeared in Game of Thrones (2011), in the roles of Renly Baratheon and Olly respectively. They are among a number of former Game of Thrones cast members who have also played members of the Bloomsbury Group on screen: the others include Jonathan Pryce (the High Sparrow in Game of Thrones) who played Lytton Strachey in Carrington (1995); Stephen Dillane (Stannis Baratheon) who played Leonard Woolf in The Hours (2002); and Finn Jones (Loras Tyrell) who played Julian Bell in Life in Squares (2015). See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
muse and muss
22 August 2019 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. The historical landscape of relationships is littered with the remains of artist couples who began with a cosmic connection and ended with a sonic boom. Add in the socially toxic matter of same-sex attraction from a century ago, and you have a starting point for the romance-friendship-inspiration between writers Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf. Director Chanya Button co-wrote the script with Eileen Atkins, and it's adapted from Ms. Atkins play and the personal letters of Virginia and Vita ... correspondence that covered many years and hundreds of letters.

Gemma Arterton (TAMARA DREWE, 2010 and QUANTUM OF SOLACE, 2008) stars as writer Vita Sackville-West, a successful poet, novelist, and columnist. Vita was also known for her free spirited ways, and sometimes scandalous behavior. Virginia Woolf is played by Elizabeth Debicki ("The Night Manager", THE GREAT GATSBY), and she does really nice work capturing the troubled genius, and the glimmers of hope during her time with Vita. The two women were so very different in their approach to life and writing, although each faced their own challenges.

We see their first meeting, and the immediate enchantment that occurs as their eyes meet across the room. However, what makes their relationship interesting is the long and winding path to consummation. The interesting parts come as Vita toys with the fragile Virginia, though it's clear their connection is quite strong. Though the connection was strong, the relationship was quite complex. Vita was a fan of Virginia's talent. Virginia was an admirer of Vita's strength and confidence. They seemed to push each other - sometimes for the better, other times for the worse.

The film opens as Ms. Woolf's book "Jacob's Room" is being typeset and printed. It's quite an artistic way to show the mechanics of the process, and credit goes to Cinematographer Carlos De Carvalho for a segment that would typically be little more than filler. We learn about Vita's secretly "open" marriage to diplomat Harold Nicholson (Rupert Penry-Jones) and her constant battle with her mother Lady Sackville (Isabella Rossellini) over scandals and the family reputation. Virginia's husband Leonard (Peter Ferdinando) runs their printing business, and is seen as vital to his wife's emotional stability, despite the void in other marital aspects. Virginia's artist sister Vanessa Bell (Emerald Fennell) is quite an interesting character whose backstory (also a part of the Bloomsbury Group) is teased enough that she might deserve her own film.

The film features a couple of memorable lines of dialogue, both spoken by Vita. During a BBC radio program she boldly claims "Independence has no sex", and in an early discussion with Virginia states "Popularity is no sign of genius". Vita's brazen step traveling as a man with her previous lover Violet Keppel is mentioned, but mostly this is focused on the class differences and the 'snatched moments' for Vita and Virginia. Vita's exotic spirit and Virginia's struggle with mental health are made clear (even using special effects for the latter). "Visions" of conversations bring the words on the letter pages to life, though it does seem that the filmmakers played things a bit too safe in order to capture a mainstream audience. The music of Isobel Waller-Bridge (Phoebe's sister) brings a contemporary feel but it's at times in contrast to the high gloss presentation. For the women who wrote and inspired the amazing novel "Orlando", and led one of the more tumultuous historical lesbian affairs, it could be argued that they deserved a bit more risk taking on the big screen. Still, "X" marks the spot for Virginia's writing room, and we do understand why discretion might be the right call.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 13 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed