Foyle Film Festival @ Foyle Pride: Colette
Foyle Film Festival is delighted to once again collaborate with Foyle Pride to deliver an extended series of specially curated films as part of this year's Foyle Pride Festival. This year's Foyle Film Festival Summer Programme also marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots that sparked the beginning of the Gay Rights movement.
When she marries successful Parisian writer Henry Gauthier-Villars, Gabrielle Colette moves from her childhood home in rural France to the intellectual and artistic splendour of Paris. Soon Willy convinces Colette to ghost-write for him. Colette responds by writing a semi-autobiographical novel about a witty and brazen country girl named Claudine, which becomes a bestseller and a cultural sensation. After it's success, Colette and Willy are the toast of Paris and their adventures inspire additional Claudine novels. Colette's fight over creative ownership of her work and gender roles drives her to overcome societal constraints, revolutionising literature, fashion and sexual expression.
“Knightley and West have a tremendous chemistry: two very smart and worldly performances…” - Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
“Westmoreland makes it painfully clear that we still struggle with the same issues Colette faced 130 years ago.” - Victor Stiff, In The Seats