The scintillating true story of a literary love affair that fuelled the imagination of one of the 20th century's most celebrated writers.
Poet and novelist Vita (Gemma Arterton) and literary icon Virginia (Elizabeth Debicki) run in different circles in 1920s London. When the two cross paths, the magnetic Vita decides the beguiling, stubborn and gifted Virginia will be her next conquest, no matter the cost.
Chanya Button’s Vita & Virginia isn’t simply a cinematic dramatisation of Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf’s passionate correspondence and extramarital romance. It’s also a meditation on the nature of marriage and a celebration of the liberating power of love.
It’s also the joy it is because of its leads. Since her breakthrough role in 2008’s Quantum of Solace, Gemma Arterton has developed into an an authoritative and compelling big screen performer. As Vita Sackville-West, she’s the psychologically fragile heart of London’s racy bohemian Bloomsbury set, and Elizabeth Debicki’s ethereal presence combined with Arteton’s earthy urgency laces their coupling with a genuinely erotic charge. A fitting supplement to both women's legacies and a thoughtful celebration of their complexity and their complex relationship. (Research Chris Coetsee)