Emma’s role: Dora Carrington
Directed by: Christopher Hampton
Screenplay by: Christopher Hampton
Original novel by: Michael Holroyd
Release date: UK – 22 September 1995, US – 10 November 1995
Jonathan Pryce – Lytton Strachey
Steven Waddington – Ralph Partridge
Samuel West – Gerald Brenan
Rufus Sewell – Mark Gertler
Jeremy Northam – Beacus Penrose
The story of the relationship between painter Dora Carrington and author Lytton Strachey in a World War One England of cottages and countryside. Although platonic due to Strachey’s homosexuality, the relationship was nevertheless a deep and complicated one. When Carrington did develop a more physical relationship with soldier Ralph Partridge, Strachey was able to welcome him as a friend, although Partridge remained somewhat uneasy, not so much with Strachey’s lifestyle and sexual orientation as with the fact that he was a conscientious objector.
During the press tour for the movie, star Emma Thompson told reporters how she enjoyed doing nude scenes, particularly since she was not a standard Hollywood “hard-body”.