Vita and Virginia [12A]


Venue Barn Cinema

Running time 125 minutes

Next date 26th July 2:00 pm

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About this event

Gemma Arterton, Elizabeth Debicki and Isabella Rossellini star in Chanya Button’s study of the passionate love affair between novelist Virginia Woolf (Debicki) and aristocratic poet and novelist Vita Sackville-West (Arterton).

When their paths cross, Vita decides that despite their marriages, the beguiling, stubborn and wildly gifted Virginia will be her next conquest, no matter what; and their ensuing relationship inspires Woolf to write her bold, experimental novel Orlando, with Vita the inspiration for its androgynous, gender swapping protagonist. Styled somewhere between Edwardian England and the present day, Button’s film is a vivid, daring and suitably unconventional celebration of two women who ignored social barriers to pursue a forbidden connection.

2018 | UK

Special event: We are delighted to be joined by special guest, Dr Kirsty Martin, Virginia Woolf expert at University of Exeter for a post screening discussion on Tuesday 30th July.

Kirsty Martin is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Exeter.  Before being appointed to her lectureship in Exeter she studied and taught at the University of Oxford.  She’s worked for over ten years on Virginia Woolf, amongst other writers, and Woolf was one of the subjects of her first book, Modernism and the Rhythms of Sympathy, published in 2013 by Oxford University Press.  She’s especially interested in how twentieth-century writers think about emotion, and is currently writing a book on literature and happiness.

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The Barn Cinema offers a truly unique experience: a wide-ranging film programme, including independent arthouse, world and mainstream cinema, all within a truly beautiful, renovated 15th century barn. It is also available to hire for birthday parties and private events.

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