Vita and Virginia
|Vita and Virginia|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Chanya Button|
|Based on||Vita and Virginia by Eileen Atkins|
|Music by||Isobel Waller-Bridge|
|Cinematography||Carlos De Carvalho|
|Edited by||Mark Trend|
|Distributed by||Thunderbird Releasing|
Vita and Virginia is a 2018 British biographical romance drama film directed by Chanya Button. The screenplay, written by Button and Eileen Atkins, is adapted from the 1992 play Vita & Virginia by Atkins. The film stars Gemma Arterton, Elizabeth Debicki, and Isabella Rossellini. Set in the 1920s, Vita and Virginia tells the story of the love affair between Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf.
The film had its world premiere as a Special Presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival on 11 September 2018. It is scheduled to be released in the United Kingdom on 5 July 2019; and in the United States on 23 August 2019.
Poet and novelist Vita (Gemma Arterton) and literary icon Virginia (Elizabeth Debicki) run in different circles in 1920s London. When the two cross paths, the magnetic Vita decides the beguiling, stubborn and gifted Virginia will be her next conquest, no matter the cost. Vita and Virginia forge an unconventional affair, set against the backdrop of their own strikingly contemporary marriages; an affair that inspires one of Virginia’s most iconic novels, Orlando.
- Gemma Arterton as Vita Sackville-West
- Elizabeth Debicki as Virginia Woolf
- Isabella Rossellini as Lady Sackville
- Rupert Penry-Jones as Sir Harold Nicolson
- Peter Ferdinando as Leonard Woolf
- Gethin Anthony as Clive Bell
- Emerald Fennell as Vanessa Bell
- Adam Gillen as Duncan Grant
- Karla Crome as Dorothy Wellesley
- Rory Fleck Byrne as Geoffrey Scott
- Nathan Stewart-Jarrett as Ralph Partridge
On 30 June 2016, Deadline Hollywood reported that British director Chanya Button[a] was to direct Vita and Virginia from a script by Eileen Atkins, with Evangelo Kioussis of Mirror Productions and Katie Holly of Bl!nder Films as producers. The screenplay is based on Atkins' stage play Vita & Virginia. Gemma Arterton, who also became an executive producer of the film, had received the first draft from Atkins years before and showed it to Button; and Button subsequently co-wrote the final script with Atkins.
On 8 February 2017, it was announced that Eva Green and Gemma Arterton had been cast in the film.[b] In May 2017, it was reported that Green had left the project due to scheduling conflicts. Green was replaced by Andrea Riseborough. Elizabeth Debicki was eventually cast in the role of Woolf in August 2017, with Isabella Rossellini also joining the production.
Financing was procured from the Irish Film Board, Piccadilly Pictures, Sampsonic Media, and Lipsync Productions; with Protagonist Pictures handling international sales. Principal photography began in September 2017 in Dublin, Ireland.
In August 2017, Thunderbird Releasing acquired the distribution rights for the United Kingdom. Distribution rights for Germany were acquired by NFP, Australia and New Zealand by Transmission Films, Czech Republic and Slovakia by CinemArt, Greece by Seven Films, Hong Kong by EDKO, Israel by Forum Film, Poland by M2 Films, Portugal by Lusumundo, and in the former Yugoslavia by MCF.
The world premiere was held at the Toronto International Film Festival on 11 September 2018. It was selected as the opening night film of the 2019 Frameline Film Festival in San Francisco.
- Orlando: A Biography (1928 novel by Woolf, inspired by her relationship with Sackville-West)
- Portrait of a Marriage (1990 BBC miniseries about the love affair between Sackville-West and Violet Keppel)
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