Sovereign Film Distribution are set to give lavish period drama Effie Grey written and starring Emma Thompson. The true story of a scandal that shocked Victorian England, heading to Virtual Cinemas plus VOD in April then a special collector’s edition DVD and Blu-ray.
Written by Oscar-winning Emma Thompson, “Effie Gray” explores the scandalous love triangle between Victorian art critic John Ruskin (Greg Wise), his teenage bride Euphemia “Effie” Gray (Dakota Fanning), and Pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais (Tom Sturridge).
Exquisitely made, with a witty and acerbic script exploring Victorian social and sexual mores, The film will be a sumptuous treat, that will delight fans of Rebecca, Bridgerton and Pride and Prejudice…
Nineteen-year-old Effie Gray marries esteemed art critic John Ruskin, a cold and distant man who, seemingly repelled by his young bride, refuses to consummate their marriage. Neglected and shunned, and her health suffering from the strain of the crumbling relationship, Effie defies Victorian society by striking up a friendship with one of Ruskin’s acolytes, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood painter John Everett Millais. It’s friendship that blossoms into something else, that sends shockwaves through polite society.
The film features a truly sterling ensemble cast including Greg Wise (Cranford) as Ruskin, and Tom Sturridge (Vanity Fair) as Millais, with supporting roles from BAFTA winners James Fox (The Servant), Robbie Coltrane (Cracker) and Julie Walters (Educating Rita).
Effie Grey will be released on 19th April in Virtual Cinemas and on VOD, and out 3rd May as a special collector’s edition DVD and Blu-ray.