Lady Jane (1986 film)
|Directed by||Trevor Nunn|
|Produced by||Peter Snell|
|Screenplay by||David Edgar|
|Story by||Chris Bryant|
|Music by||Stephen Oliver|
|Edited by||Anne V. Coates|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|7 February 1986|
Lady Jane is a 1986 British costume drama romance film directed by Trevor Nunn, written by David Edgar, and starring Helena Bonham Carter as the title character. It tells the story of Lady Jane Grey, the Nine Days' Queen, on her reign and romance with husband Lord Guildford Dudley. The film features several members of The Royal Shakespeare Company.
The story had previously been turned into a 1936 film Tudor Rose, and a 1923 silent film Lady Jane Grey; Or, The Court of Intrigue.
The death of King Henry VIII of England throws his kingdom into chaos as his heir, Edward VI of England, is both under-age and in poor health. Anticipating the young king's imminent death from tuberculosis and anxious to keep England true to the Protestant Reformation by keeping the Catholic Princess Mary from the throne, John Dudley, 1st Duke of Northumberland, Lord President of the Council and second only to the king in power, hatches a plan to marry his son, Lord Guildford, to Lady Jane Grey, and have the royal physician keep the young king Edward VI alive—albeit in excruciating pain—long enough to get him to name Jane his heir.
Jane is unhappy with the proposed marriage, and is forced into it through corporal punishment by her parents. At first, Jane and Guildford treat their union as a marriage of convenience, but later fall deeply in love.
After Edward VI dies, Jane is placed on the throne. She is troubled by the questionable legality of her accession, but after consulting with Guildford, turns the tables on John Dudley and the others who thought to use her as a puppet.
After only nine days, however, Queen Jane's council abandon her because of her designs for reforming the country. The council then supports Mary, who at first imprisons Jane and Guildford.
Consumed with guilt, Jane's father, the Duke of Suffolk, raises a rebellion to restore her to the throne, presumably in concert with Thomas Wyatt the Younger's rebellion. When the rebellion fails, Queen Mary I offers to spare Jane's life if she renounces her Protestant faith. When she refuses, Jane, her father and Guildford are executed.
- Helena Bonham Carter as Lady Jane Grey
- Cary Elwes as Lord Guildford Dudley, Jane's husband
- Jane Lapotaire as Mary I of England
- Patrick Stewart as Henry Grey, 1st Duke of Suffolk, Jane's father
- Sara Kestelman as Lady Frances Brandon, Jane's mother
- Michael Hordern as Doctor Feckenham
- John Wood as John Dudley, 1st Duke of Northumberland
- Jill Bennett as Mrs. Ellen, Lady-in-Waiting
- Joss Ackland as Sir John Bridges
- Ian Hogg as Sir John Gates
- Richard Johnson as the Earl of Arundel
- Warren Saire as Edward VI of England
- Lee Montague as Renard, Spanish Ambassador
- Richard Vernon as The Marquess of Winchester
- Adele Anderson as Lady Warwick
- Pip Torrens as Thomas
- Matthew Guinness as Doctor Owen
- Guy Henry as Robert Dudley
- W. Morgan Sheppard as Executioner
Dover Castle was used to represent the Tower of London in the film. Interior scenes of Hever Castle were used. The long gallery was used in the scene where Jane visits Queen Mary. The moat around Leeds Castle was used in the scene where Dudley first visits Lady Jane.