Tuesday 21 November 2017

Woolf's love story gets Irish producer's touch

Eva Green will play Virgina Woolf in Katie Holly's next feature film 'Vita & Virginia'. Photo: PA
Eva Green will play Virgina Woolf in Katie Holly's next feature film 'Vita & Virginia'. Photo: PA
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

The love affair between Virginia Woolf and an English aristocrat will be brought to life by Irish producer Katie Holly.

Following on from the success of period drama 'Love and Friendship', she is working on her next feature film 'Vita & Virginia' starring Eva Green and Gemma Arterton.

The drama follows the love affair between Bloomsbury set writer Woolf (Green) and aristocratic English chatelaine Vita Sackville-West (Arterton).

The two women's relationship was the inspiration behind Woolf's novel 'Orlando'.

Regarded filmmaker Chanya Button will direct the film and has described it as "a visceral love story".

It is believed some of the film may be shot in Ireland.

The relationship between the two began in 1922 and lasted around a decade.

After they separated, they remained friends until Woolf's death in 1941.

The screenplay is based upon the stage play by English actress and screen writer Dame Eileen Atkins.

In 1994, the play ran Off-Broadway at Union Square Theatre, with Vanessa Redgrave playing the part of Vita and Atkins playing Woolf.

Ms Holly previously produced 'Love & Friendship' starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny. The film, which was based on Jane Austen's novel 'Lady Susan', was directed by Whit Stillman and filmed on location in Ireland.

Ms Holly is also working on the upcoming documentary 'Grace Jones: The Musical of my Life'. The Jones documentary is being directed by Sophie Fiennes - sister of actors Ralph and Joseph.

A release date has yet to be confirmed for the documentary.

Irish Independent

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