Sylvia (2003)

Synopsis: After meeting at Cambridge, Ted Hughes (Daniel Craig) and Sylvia Plath (Gwyneth Paltrow) form an unequal literary marriage: his star is on the rise, while she finds herself suffering perpetual writers' block.  Her chronic mental illness, coupled with his infidelity conspire to consign her to abject misery, but, although left alone with two children, she is … Continue reading Sylvia (2003)

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Pandaemonium (2000)

Synopsis: Poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge (Linus Roache) and William Wordsworth (John Hannah) form a friendship and creative partnership after becoming involved in revolutionary activities inspired by events in France at the end of the 18th century.  Encouraged by Wordsworth's sister Dorothy (Emily Woof), they seek inspiration from nature, and each other, for a new kind of poetry. … Continue reading Pandaemonium (2000)

Women We Loved: Margot (BBC Four, 2009)

Synopsis: Approaching her retirement, prima ballerina Margot Fonteyn (Anne-Marie Duff) aspires to settle down with her diplomat husband Tito Arias (Con O'Neill) in his home country of Panama. Tito has used Margot's money to fund several unsuccessful coups, so she must keep dancing.  Luckily, the young Russian maverick, Rudolph Nureyev (Michiel Huisman) revives her enthusiasm … Continue reading Women We Loved: Margot (BBC Four, 2009)

Women We Loved: Gracie! (BBC Four, 2009)

Synopsis: After undergoing life-threatening surgery,  singer and actress Gracie Fields (Jane Horrocks) is preparing to leave Britain to convalesce in Capri with her family and film director Monty Banks (Tom Hollander).  Her plans are interrupted by the outbreak of World War II, and the request that she perform as part of the war effort.  When she marries Italian Monty, … Continue reading Women We Loved: Gracie! (BBC Four, 2009)

What Happened, Miss Simone? (Liz Garbus, 2015)

If one is not permitted to express anger or even to recognize it within oneself, one is, by simple extension, refused both power and control. (Carolyn Heilbrun, 1989) It feels like the right time for a biographical portrait of Nina Simone, virtuoso pianist, singer and activist.  Civil rights, seemingly off the agenda for so long, have … Continue reading What Happened, Miss Simone? (Liz Garbus, 2015)