The Invisible Woman (2013 film)
|The Invisible Woman|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Ralph Fiennes|
|Produced by||Christian Baute
Carolyn Marks Blackwood
|Written by||Abi Morgan|
|Based on||The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens
by Claire Tomalin
Kristin Scott Thomas
|Music by||Ilan Eshkeri|
|Editing by||Nicolas Gaster|
Headline Pictures Corp.
Magnolia Mae Films
|Running time||111 minutes|
The Invisible Woman is a 2013 British biographical drama film directed by Ralph Fiennes and based on Claire Tomalin's book The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens. It had its premiere at the Telluride Film Festival on 31 August 2013. The film received a Best Costume Design nomination (Michael O'Connor) at the 86th Academy Awards.
The story of author Charles Dickens' secret mistress.
- Ralph Fiennes as Charles Dickens
- Felicity Jones as Nelly Ternan
- Kristin Scott Thomas as Catherine Ternan
- Tom Hollander as Wilkie Collins
- Joanna Scanlan as Catherine Dickens
- Michelle Fairley as Caroline Graves
- Jonathan Harden as Mr. Arnott
- Tom Burke as Mr. George Wharton Robinson
- Perdita Weeks as Maria Ternan
- John Kavanagh as Reverend Benham
Headline Pictures' Stewart Mackinnon first acquired the film rights to Claire Tomalin's biography and optioned it to BBC Films. BBC Films then contacted Gabrielle Tana, who had worked with Fiennes on Coriolanus, his directorial debut. She proposed the project to Fiennes in 2010, after he finished Coriolanus.:8 Fiennes' participation as director was announced in July 2011. He did not know much about Dickens before taking on the project:
|“||I was ignorant. I had only read Little Dorrit. I knew his obvious ones—Nicholas Nickleby, Oliver Twist, Great Expectations—through adaptations. And Christmas Carol. I didn't know much about the man.||”|
Fiennes initially approached another actor to play the role of Dickens but it did not work out and he eventually played the part. He worked closely with Abi Morgan on the script and little by little he warmed up to the idea of playing Dickens. Fiennes and Morgan often met with Tomalin for advice but she wished to remain outside the actual screenwriting.:9-10 The screenplay is structured around a series of "small tragedies and moments of catalyst" described in Tomalin's book, which defined their affair according to her.:10 The actresses considered for the role of Nelly Ternan included Carey Mulligan, Abbie Cornish and Felicity Jones. Jones was officially cast in December 2011. Her casting occurred before Fiennes agreed to portray Dickens.:13
As of April 2012, principal photography was underway and the film was planned to shoot in Kent and London for a total of 10 weeks. Exteriors were shot near Margate, where the story is set, on Camber Sands.:15 Filming also took place for two days at Leavesden Film Studios in Hertfordshire.:13  The Bluebell Railway in Sussex was used for exteriors of the derailment.:17
The Invisible Woman premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on 31 August 2013. The first trailer was launched on 4 October 2013. The film had a limited release in the United States on 25 December 2013 and opened in the United Kingdom on 7 February 2014.
Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes calculated an 72% approval rating, with an average score of 6.8/10, based on 48 reviews. The website's consensus reads, "Its deliberate pace will frustrate some viewers, but for fans of handsomely mounted period drama, The Invisible Woman offers visual as well as emotional cinematic nourishment." On another review aggregator, Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film holds an average score of 77, based on 22 reviews, considered to be "generally favorable reviews".
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