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The Favourite (15) * SOLD OUT
Sun 3 February, 2019 @ 8:00 pm£7 – £10
The Favourite (15) – 2018, UK, 120 mins
Dir: Yorgos Lanthimos
Stars: Olivia Coleman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz.
It’s the early 18th century, England is at war with France and Queen Anne’s (Olivia Colman) poor health finds her relying on her doting friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz). When Sarah’s cousin Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives at the Palace, her charm soon wins the Queen’s attentions and the shrewd girl sees a way to restore her social status, lost through her father’s disastrous wagers. With stakes of the heart high, the two women soon become rivals for the Queen’s affections in a wickedly funny game of one-up-womanship.
This is riotous, gleeful and supremely intelligent filmmaking with every department in exquisite chorus. Yet the pinnacle of so many delights is a trio of performances from Colman, Stone and Weisz. They fizz through the repartee that’s set at a breakneck pace by Lanthimos, and screenwriters Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara. Along with a terrific supporting cast, including Nicholas Hoult and Mark Gatiss, they deliver pitch perfect physical comedy and clever witticisms. London Film Festival
Doors open for fine wines and all manner of drinks at 7pm. Film starts at 8pm