A Quiet Passion

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Cynthia Nixon gives a career-best, tour-de-force performance as the legendary 19th Century poet Emily Dickinson in the luminous and intensely moving new film from award-winning filmmaker Terence Davies, named by The Guardian as ‘Britain’s greatest living director’.

Born into privilege in 1803, Emily Dickinson spent most of her life on her parents’ estate in Amherst, Massachusetts.  In her youth, the introverted Emily is depicted as a fiercely intelligent young woman who exchanges forthright opinions on life and art – and, more particularly, on the place of women in a deeply patriarchal society.  Stunning in both its sumptuous production design and also in the respect and love that it brings to its subject, the seamless manner in which Dickinson’s sharp-sighted verse is integrated into their narrative is one of a A Quiet Passion’s many joys.  Davies’ portrait may just be the perfect match of filmmaker, actress and subject.

“In a series of portrait episodes, Davies treads Dickinson’s biographical terrain without presuming to editorialize; instead, Dickinson’s poetry speaks for itself in voiceover.” – Globe and Mail

Monday 17 July 2017
Araluen Arts Centre
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