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Biopics, Period and Historical, Romance
Mary Shelley’s Gothic masterpiece ‘Frankenstein’ was published when she was only 20 years-old. This period drama spans her writing process and her turbulent romance with Percy Bysshe Shelley till that moment. Shelley, an intelligent young girl, was the daughter of writers and philosophers Mary Wollstonecraft and William Goodwin. She inherited her late mother’s love for writing at the age of 16 and ran away, accompanied by her sister Claire, to live with Shelley. The film takes a close look at their passionate affair and bohemian way of life, alongside personal tragedies which affected Shelley and undoubtedly inspired some of her writing, while also exploring issues such as authorship and the era’s narrow attitudes towards women.
Absorbing costume drama about the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy admiral in the 18th Century, blending period romance and politics.
11+ years 99 mins
Three women in three eras suffer problems connected to Virginia Woolf's famous novel Mrs Dalloway.
14+ years 110 mins
Benedict Cumberbatch stars as pioneering mathematician and codebreaker Alan Turing, who was highly influential, but persecuted for being gay.
11+ years 109 mins
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With the arrival of 'Mary Shelley' in cinemas, we look at nine other great biopics of celebrated authors and ways they can deepen understanding of their works.
Reading time 5 mins
'American Animals' and 'Under the Wire' are also new in cinemas, with 'Avengers: Infinity War', 'The Rape of Recy Taylor' and 'Mary Shelley' released on DVD.
Reading time 3 mins
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