Monday, 16 December 2013

'The Thirteenth Tale' at the British Film Institute

Last week I went to an early screening of a new film to be shown on BBC2 over Christmas called 'The Thirteenth Tale'. It stars Vanessa Redgrave and Olivia Colman in a flashback-fest as Vanessa recounts her past to the present day biographer played by Olivia. The screenplay was written by Christopher Hampton based on the book by Diane Setterfield. It's a ghost story for Christmas ... or is it?

I won't spoil it for you but there are lots of twists and turns in the tale, set in a Yorkshire mansion in which twins grow up amid incest, madness and death. There was a Q&A after the screening with Christopher Hampton, James Kent (director) and Olivia Colman which was quite entertaining. The less entertaining bit was members of the cast taking photos of the screen on their phones and whooping at the drop of a hat - um, you might have got in for free but the rest of us paid, thank you!

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