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Vita & Virginia (2018)

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

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Eileen Atkins, Virginia Woolf (letters) | 2 more credits »
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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
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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

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The Love Story That Inspired Virginia Woolf's Orlando


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Ireland | UK

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Release Date:

23 August 2019 (USA) See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Eva Green was originally cast as Virginia Woolf but dropped out. Andrea Riseborough replaced her. Riseborough later dropped out as well and Elizabeth Debicki was cast. See more »

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Don't Be Afraid of Vita & Virginia
9 July 2019 | by pfscpublicSee all my reviews

Virginia Woolf may be one of those authors you've noticed but never been curious enough to read whilst the then more popular Vita Sackville-West isn't even on the bookshelf.

This film sheds some of light on them both during the British Interwar period when only heterosexuality could be expressed in public whilst same sex relationships took place behind closed doors.

It's a relatively low budget film focussing, mostly indoors, upon the relationship between two female authors with a Downton Abbey or Brideshead Revisited feel to backdrops at Knole House or Bloomsbury in London , a story about angst and surging passion within the British white aristocratic and middle classes.

Both characters have huge and complex back stories, so this movie could only focus on one story, being how and why Virginia Woolf came to write Orlando.

This movie launches in the same week as Pride Week 2019, a salutatory reminder just how hypocritical the British can be when it comes to their attitudes towards same sex relationships, identity and the expression of them at a time when Populism is on the rise again.

If you prefer watching adults prancing around in capes dropping American cliches in front of big budget CGI backdrops then this movie isn't for you, but if you are curious about English literature, it's context in 1920's London and want a grownup story then this even-paced movie is.

I left more curious and less afraid now to pick up and read one of Woolf's books, perhaps Orlando, to contrast sexuality in the British 1920s and 2020s.


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