This film is brought to you by Welwyn Garden City Cinema, in association with Herts Archive and Local Studies. We would like to extend a special thanks to 20th Century Fox for the opportunity to screen The Favourite at Campus West Entertainment for this exclusive preview event.
7:00pm - Historian, Dr Ruth Herman, will set the scene with a short talk on Queen Anne’s favourite, the Duchess of Marlborough, whose letters are kept at Hertfordshire Archives. This is the first talk in a series. For more information visit, www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/hals and search for Fearless Women.
7:30pm - The Favourite starts.
9:30pm - An informal Q&A with Ruth Herman and the audience.
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Stars: Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone
Running time: 2 hours
Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne's ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her Aristocratic roots.
As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen's companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfil her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way.
★★★★ - The Guardian
★★★★ - The Telegraph
★★★★ - The Times
★★★★ - The Evening Standard