The tragic and controversial story of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed in Texas for killing his three children after scientific evidence and expert testimony that bolstered his claims of innocence were suppressed.
Screenwriter Ben Elton previously wrote Upstart Crow (2016), which also revolves around the life of William Shakespeare. In addition, Elton co-wrote The Black Adder (1982), Black-Adder II (1986), Black Adder the Third (1987), and Blackadder Goes Forth (1989), which often spoofed the Bard's plays. See more »
When talking to the Earl of Southampton, Shakespeare repeatedly addresses him as "Your Grace". When addressing an Earl, the correct form is "My Lord" (only a Duke would be addressed as Your Grace). Shakespeare spent enough time around nobility to be well aware of the correct title to use. See more »
Beautiful, sad, patient... an almost perfect film.
It has been years since a Kenneth Branagh film made me feel something in the way this does. His Hollywood success has also been accompanied by a change in directorial style and a change in his focus on storytelling ... but this film returns to what made him so great early on ... a passion for the subject material. The end result is a period film that feels actually of the period, while also fully modern. Every frame of film is like a historical painting. And the story and characters are fully expressed. Slow, patient, sad, and beautiful - this is a wonderful film with wonderful writing, acting and directing. The pacing and editing is deliberate. What some critics have considered to be slow or meandering I would call the story taking it's time and earning it's value. Highly recommended.
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