Eva Green and Gemma Arterton will star in drama Vita & Virginia, based on the true story of the love affair and friendship between literary icon Virginia Woolf and author Vita Sackville-West.
The film will be directed by British helmer Chanya Button (Burn, Burn, Burn) from a script by Eileen Atkins based on her own play of the same name, which debuted in 1992.
Virginia Stephen married Leonard Woolf in 1912, and then met socialite and author Vita Sackville-West, wife of Harold Nicolson, in 1922. They began a sexual relationship that lasted nearly a decade, as shown in their various letters and diary entries. After their affair ended, they remained friends until Woolf’s death in 1941. Green will play Woolf while Arterton will play Sackville-West.
If I’m developing a project as a producer it is my responsibility to give it to a female director or make sure I get relationships with female writers because there are loads of them out there, they’re just not being given the opportunity to do what they want to do, or being given the money to do what they want to do.
It’s Getting Late dir. Massy Tadjedin (2012) The Voices dir. Marjane Satrapi (2014) Gemma Bovary dir. Anne Fontaine (2014) Their Finest dir. Lone Scherfig (2016) My Zoe dir. Julie Delpy (2018) Vita & Virginia dir. Chanya Button (2018)
me, sobbing: EVA GREEN AND GEMMA ARTENTON ARE GONNA BE PLAYING TWO OF EUROPE’S MOST INFLUENTIAL WRITERS: THE OPENLY BISEXUAL VIRGINIA WOOLF AND HER EQUALLY AS OPENLY BISEXUAL GIRLFRIEND VITA SACKVILLE WEST AND YEAH I KNOW THAT A WLW FILM ABOUT 2 WHITE WOMEN ISN’T THE MOST PROGRESSIVE MOVE EVER BUT WHEN I WAS A TEEN GEMMA ARTENTON AS KELLY JONES IN ST TRINIANS WAS ONE OF MY FIRST BI AWAKENINGS AND I AM ALWAYS AND ETERNALLY IN LOVE WITH EVA GREEN AND VITA AND VIRGINIA WERE BOTH OPENLY BI AND EVA AND GEMMA GOING PLAY THEM AND IT’S JUST SUPER IMPORTANT TO ME AND MY TINY BI HEART THAT VITA AND VIRGINIA WERE OPENLY BI AND IN LOVE AND IT WILL HAPPEN IN FRONT OF MY EYES IN A CINEMA OKAY???
person:… that’s wonderful, ma’am…but you need to get out, you’re not my only uber cust-