The Favourite. Queen Anne (Olivia Colman).

The Favourite

2019 British comedy film about Queen Anne. Stars Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone, Mark Gatiss, Joe Alwyn and Nicholas Hoult.

Released on 1st January 2019

The Favourite.

The Favourite

Olivia Colman stars as a frail Queen Anne in this film from the director of The Lobster

  1. 8th September via The Guardian: Olivia Colman wins best actress award in Venice
Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone, Mark Gatiss, Joe Alwyn and Nicholas Hoult
Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara
Yorgos Lanthimos
Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Yorgos Lanthimos, Lee Magiday, Andrew Lowe, Ken Kao, Daniel Battsek and Rose Garnett

The Favourite is a bawdy, acerbic tale of royal intrigue, passion, envy and betrayal in the court of Queen Anne in early 18th century England. This period comedy has been made by the same production team as The Lobster.

Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne's ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots.

As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen's companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfil her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way.

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