Orlando (Sally Potter, UK, 1992)

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It’s a critical work - in the sense that it comments wryly on such things as representations of English history, sexuality/androgyny and class - but made in the spirit of a love poem to both Woolf and the England that made us.
— Wally Hammond, Time Out

This year, as part of the annual Scalarama festival, we are contributing two screenings to the global Directed By Women initiative - this, Sally Potter’s bold take on Virginia Woolf’s novel and Sofia Coppola’s mesmerising debut The Virgin Suicides.

Tilda Swinton is characteristically brilliant as the young 16th-century nobleman who Queen Elizabeth I (Quentin Crisp - unforgettable) commands should stay forever young - and does just that. 

The film tracks Orlando’s life over the next 200 years of British history, experiencing a variety of lives and relationships along the way, and even changing sex.

A sumptuous-looking film with a familiar cast that includes Simon Russell Beale, Billy Zane, Toby Stephens and, er, Jimmy Somerville.