A journey westward to the Odeon in Kensington tonight. LSQ presenter Lasco Atkins caught up with the cast and filmmakers attending the premiere of The Invisible Woman that tells the story about Charles Dickens mistress Nelly. Director and lead actor Ralph Fiennes enlightened about why he chose this fascinating approach to the great author's life. Lead actress Felicity Jones tells how Ralph had no trouble combining the actor and director roles. Screenwriter Abi Morgan explained her approach to the job. Author Claire Tomalin takes us back to 1954 when she first became interested in Nelley's story. Composer Ilan Eshkeri revealed the irresistible nature of an invitation from Ralph. Finally producer Gaby Tana reminds that the screenplay's the thing to get folk interested. One final tidbit for movie trivia fans, our presenter Lasco Atkins is actually listed by IMDB as being in the film. He did a couple of days as a background player and says you can actually see his shoulder in one scene.
Director: Ralph Fiennes
Screenwriter: Abi Morgan
Author: Claire Tomalin
Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones, Kristin Scott Thomas, Joanna Scanlan, Tom Burke.
Nelly [Felicity Jones], a happily-married mother and schoolteacher, is haunted by her past. Her memories, provoked by remorse and guilt, take us back in time to follow the story of her relationship with Charles Dickens [Ralph Fiennes] with whom she discovered an exciting but fragile complicity.
Dickens – famous, controlling and emotionally isolated within his success – falls for Nelly, who comes from a family of actors. The theatre is a vital arena for Dickens – a brilliant amateur actor – a man more emotionally coherent on the page or on stage, than in life. As Nelly becomes the focus of Dickens’ passion and his muse, for both of them secrecy is the price, and for Nelly a life of “invisibility”.
THE INVISIBLE WOMAN IS IN CINEMAS ON 7 FEBRUARY IN LONDON & KEY CITIES AND 21 FEBRUARY NATIONWIDE.