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  • Director

    Pablo Larraín

  • Starring

    Kristen Stewart, Timothy Spall, Jack Farthing, Sean Harris, Sally Hawkins

  • Run Time

    116 mins

  • Release Year

    2021

  • Country of Origin

    GermanyUK

  • Certificate

    12A - Contains eating disorder references, self-harm, infrequent strong language.

  • Language

    English

  • Format

    Digital

Spencer

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As played with intoxicating perfection by Kristen Stewart, who dominates almost every scene of Spencer, Diana is dying on the vine, showing only flashes of her former effervescence. Hers is the world’s most scrutinised persona since she began living the fairy-tale life of a girl who grew up to marry a prince; in reality, her husband rather publicly loves someone else. She’s also suffocating under the expectations of total subservience to Royal protocol. Working from a beautiful script by Steven Knight, Larraín (Jackie) ingeniously depicts a world in which every polished spoon and heavy curtain, every steely stare from staff, even a seemingly ‘jolly’ Christmas tradition, expresses Her Majesty’s disapproval of the young princess. The exquisite craft of Spencer makes you want to freeze every moment. Director of photography Claire Mathon (Portrait of a Lady on Fire) shoots in 4:3 ratio with a micro-universe of colour emerging from the muted environments designed by Guy Hendrix Dyas. And Jonny Greenwood, with one of several great scores at LFF 2021, illuminates Diana’s internal tussle with solo piano and strings. It’s oppressive, until it isn’t anymore. Stewart and Larraín deliver a finale that will break your heart and make it skip all at once.

The screening on Sun 14 Nov at 2.30pm is a BSL Supported Screening, with an introduction from Community Engagement & Learning Manager Rafa Sales Ross. There will be a BSL Interpreter present in the foyer before the captioned screening and for the introduction. They will be able to answer any questions you may have, such as about our COVID measures, or provide support to purchase tickets.

Please note: this film contains references to eating disorders and self-harm that viewers may find distressing.



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