ON THE BLOG: July's hot pick

In the second edition of our new blog series, where we invite a film connoisseur and friend of Creative Europe Desk UK to tell us about a MEDIA-funded film release they're excited about this month, we gave Emma Smart - Head of Library and Mediatheque at BFI and co-programmer for BFI Flare - a blog post of her own to talk about a biographical drama now in cinemas...

Emma Smart, Head of Library and Mediatheque at the BFI on Vita & Virginia

"What a swoon-worthy cinematic treat Vita & Virginia is. In this her second feature Chanya Button has crafted an elegant and passionate retelling of the tumultuous love affair between aristocratic socialite Vita Sackville-West and the writer Virginia Woolf. A love affair that ultimately led to the creation of one of the most important novels of the 20th century, Orlando, the writing of which is beautifully realised in the film.  Capturing perfectly the bohemian world of the polyamorous Bloomsbury Group, there is a modernity and vitality to Vita & Virginia which belies its period setting, and very much makes this a story relevant to today’s audience. Gemma Arterton is dazzling as the womanising Vita and there is a star turn from Elizabeth Debicki as the reticent Virginia.  What’s so great about the film is the desire it instils in you to discover more about these incredible women and the world in which they lived. I didn’t want to leave them behind me in the cinema when I first watched it and with every viewing I find myself falling in love with them both that little bit more."

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Vita & Virginia received MEDIA support through the Automatic Distribution scheme. 

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See June's hot pick, which is still showing in UK cinemas, here.