by Helen Earnshaw |
The Invisible Woman was one of the highlights of the BFI London Film Festival, as it marked the return of Ralph Fiennes to the director's chair.
The movie is a big screen adaptation of the novel of the same name by Claire Tomalin, and tells of the secret lover of Charles Dickens,
Fiennes is not only in the director's chair, but he will also play Dickens in the film. He is joined by a fantastic cast that includes Felicity Jones, Kristen Scott Thomas, Joanna Scanlan and Tom Hollander.
Nelly, a happily married mother and school teacher, is haunted by her past. Her memories, provoked by remorse and guilt, take us back in time to follow the story of her relationship with Charles Dickens with whom she discovered an exciting but fragile complicity.
Dickens - famous, controlling and emotionally isolated within his success - falls for Nelly, who comes from a family of actors. The theatre is a vital arena for Dickens - a brilliant amateur actor - a man more emotionally coherent in his work, or on stage, than in life.
As Nelly becomes the focus of Dickens' passion and his muse, for both of them secrecy is the price, and for Nelly a life of 'invisibility'.
Fiennes made his directorial debut at the beginning of 2012 with an adaptation of the Shakespeare play Coriolanus
The Invisible Woman is released 7th February. Read our The Invisible Woman review from the London Film Festival.